How to Store Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil: A Comprehensive Guide

Sun dried tomatoes are a delicious and versatile ingredient that can add flavor to many dishes. While they can be purchased pre-packaged, it’s easy to make them at home and even easier to store them in oil for later use. In this blog post, we’ll cover the step-by-step process of storing sun dried tomatoes in oil.

Step 1: Sun Drying Your Tomatoes

The first step is to dry your tomatoes. You can do this by slicing them thinly and placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle some salt over the top for added flavor. Then, place the baking sheet in direct sunlight or use a dehydrator until they are completely dried out – this usually takes about 12 hours.

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If you don’t have enough sunlight where you live or if there’s no proper ventilation outside, drying them indoors using an oven also works well! Set your oven temperature low (150°F), arrange your tomato slices onto the baking tray (but not too close together), leave the oven door slightly open (so excess moisture escapes) then bake it for approximately 8 hours or until fully dehydrated.

Step 2: Choosing An Oil

When choosing an oil for storage purposes, you want something with a neutral taste so that it won’t overpower the flavor of your sun-dried tomatoes. Some popular options include olive oil, vegetable oil or grapeseed oil.

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Olive Oil is one of our favourite oils to use when storing sun-dried tomatoes as it has good flavour balance compared to other oils mentioned here – however be sure to get high quality extra-virgin olive oil if possible!

Step 3: Preparing The Oil Mixture

To prepare the mixture that will preserve your sun dried tomatoes in oil, you’ll need to combine your chosen oil with some herbs and spices. For a classic Italian flavor, try using garlic and oregano.

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Adding other freshly minced herbs like basil or thyme would also give the sun-dried tomatoes a more flavourful depth!

Step 4: Storing The Sun Dried Tomatoes In Oil

Once you have your dried tomatoes and prepared oil mixture, it’s time to store them together. Here’s how:

1) Place your dehydrated tomato slices in an air-tight jar.
2) Pour the herb-infused oil over the top until all of the tomato slices are fully covered.
3) Make sure that there is no excess air trapped inside – this can cause bacteria growth!
4) Store your jarred sun-dried tomatoes in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight!

Tip:

If you intend on storing them long term, consider placing jars into fridge which will keep it even fresher for up to six months if stored properly! However note that refrigeration may cause olive oils to be solidified so remove it out at least an hour before use – or else microwave for few seconds only.

In conclusion, making sun dried tomatoes at home is easy – but knowing how to store them correctly takes some extra care. By following these simple steps outlined above for storing sundried tomato in oil correctly , you can enjoy delicious homemade sun-dried tomatoes year-round!

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