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Sundried Tomatoes

These San Marzano plum tomatoes are grown in spring and harvested in summer within all the area of our farm. They are rinsed, selected, cut and arranged on special drying frames, then salted up and left under the sun rays until dry. Indulge in the rich flavors of the Mediterranean with our premium sun-dried tomatoes. Elevate your culinary creations with these versatile gems, perfect for adding a burst of intense flavor to your favorite dishes.

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Sun-Dried Tomatoes: The Complete Guide to Preparation and Preservation

Sun-dried tomatoes are an extraordinary ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, known for their intense flavor and versatility. In this guide, you'll discover how to make sun-dried tomatoes, preserve them, and use them in your favorite recipes.

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  1. Tomato Preparation: Choose ripe and healthy tomatoes. Wash them thoroughly, dry them, and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Drying: Arrange the tomatoes on a rack with the cut side up. Sprinkle them with coarse salt and let them dry in the sun for 7-10 days, bringing them in at night or in case of rain. Alternatively, you can use a dehydrator or the oven at a low temperature (about 60°C) for 8-12 hours.
  3. Checking and Preservation: Tomatoes are ready when they are dry but still slightly soft. Store them in glass jars in a cool, dry place.

Preparation of Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Oil

  1. Rehydration: Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in warm water for about 30 minutes, until they soften.
  2. Drying: Drain them well and dry them with a clean cloth.
  3. Seasoning and Preservation: In a sterilized glass jar, alternate layers of tomatoes, garlic cloves, chili, oregano, and basil leaves. Fill the jar with extra virgin olive oil to completely cover the tomatoes. Seal tightly and store in a cool, dark place. Wait at least a week before consuming to allow the flavors to blend.

Using Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes in oil can be used in multiple ways:

  1. Appetizers: Serve them on bruschetta or crostini with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of pepper.
  2. Main Courses: Add them to pasta or risottos for a rich and intense flavor.
  3. Salads: Chop them into pieces and mix with fresh vegetables, mozzarella, and olives.
  4. Main Dishes: Ideal with white meats, fish, or in omelets.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to rehydrate sun-dried tomatoes?
Soak them in warm water for 30 minutes until they become soft. You can add a bit of vinegar to the water for an additional flavor.

How to soften sun-dried tomatoes?
In addition to soaking in warm water, you can immerse them in a solution of water and vinegar for added softness and flavor.

How to store sun-dried tomatoes?
Store them in glass jars in a cool, dry place. If prepared in oil, make sure they are always covered with oil to prevent mold formation.

How to wash sun-dried tomatoes?
Rinse them under running water to remove any salt residue or impurities before using them or soaking them.

What are the benefits of sun-dried tomatoes?
Sun-dried tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and lycopene. These nutrients are beneficial for the immune system, skin health, and have anti-inflammatory properties.

What to do with dried tomatoes?

Dried tomatoes are a versatile ingredient that can transform any dish into an unforgettable culinary experience. For an intense pasta dish, add chopped dried tomatoes to your favorite sauce. Alternatively, create your own sun-dried tomatoes by preserving them in a mixture of olive oil and aromatics.

For a quick and delicious sauce, make a sun-dried tomato pesto by blending them with fresh basil, pine nuts, and olive oil. Recipes with dried tomatoes are endless: from adding them to sandwiches and focaccias, to enriching salads and risottos.

If you're wondering how to make dried tomatoes, start by halving them, sprinkling them with salt, and letting them dry in the sun or in a low-temperature oven. Explore the wide range of culinary possibilities offered by dried tomatoes and let yourself be inspired by their rich flavors.

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