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How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  • Yield: about 2 cups. 1x


It’s super easy to make your own sun-dried tomatoes at home either by way of the sun or your oven. Use this dehydration method for just about any fruit.


  • 5 pounds of small meaty tomatoes like Roma, plum or cherry varieties
  • Few dashes of salt


Sun-Dried Method:

  1. Cut tomatoes in slices (or in half if cherry). It’s optional to remove the seeds.
  2. Place slices on parchment paper on shallow trays, without slices touching each other. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Place trays on racks and cover with cheesecloth (to protect from bugs.)
  4. Place in hot sun early in the morning (or on your car dashboard if not a humid day.)
  5. This should take a few days – bring the trays in at night. Again, if it’s humid, use the oven method instead.

Oven-Dried Method:

  1. Preheat oven to lowest setting (ideally 150 degrees F.) Prep tomatoes the same way as above and place on trays.
  2. Place trays in oven and keep oven door just slightly ajar to help circulate air (or use the convention oven setting if you have one.)
  3. Check on tomatoes periodically throughout the day – this should take 10 – 12 hours (possibly longer if the tomato slices are large.)

For storage:

  1. Store dried tomatoes in sealed container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.