Monday, February 13, 2012
making tomato powder as a substitute for tomato paste
One of my greatest dilemmas has been the fact that I grow a lot of tomatoes each year and yet have still been unable to figure out a way to realistically preserve tomato paste. I tried patiently standing by the stovetop stirring a pot of sauce until it reduced down. I failed. We ended up with a batch of very burnt tasting tomato sauce and no tomato paste. I just haven't the patience for it.
Then this past autumn as I was bringing in the last of the tomato crop I decided to dehydrate them instead of canning them up. I'd already put up gobs of tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, and even ketchup. I was tired of canning tomatoes.
So I sliced them thin and put them on trays. I ended up with 11 trays of sliced tomatoes.
I consulted the guidebook for my dehydrator and dried them at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for about 26 hours.
After they were thoroughly dried I carefully removed them from the mesh liners and placed them in a large bowl.
Then I ground them up in small batches using my food processor.
The end result was about a pint and a half of powdered tomatoes. I jarred them loosely in two jars so that I could periodically shake them to loosen them up. They are still somewhat sticky and I don't want to end up with a hardened lump of tomato powder in a month or two.
My plan is to add some of the tomato powder to tomato sauce to create a thicker sauce for various dishes.
I linked this post up at the Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways Wednesday Blog Hop.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy), an 8 year old girl (big girl) who is a ball of lightening, and a 4 year old girl (baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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