How to Properly Store Sun Dried Tomatoes for Optimal Freshness

Sun dried tomatoes are a delicious and versatile ingredient to have in your kitchen. Whether you use them in pasta dishes, salads or on top of pizzas, the flavor they bring is undeniable. However, it’s important to know how to store sun dried tomatoes properly so that they stay fresh and flavorful for as long as possible.

Why Proper Storage Matters

Improper storage can lead to spoilage, which can ruin the taste of your precious sun dried tomatoes. Additionally, exposure to moisture can cause mold growth that will render them unsalvageable.

Air-Tight Container

The best way to store sun-dried tomatoes is in an air-tight container such as a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. This helps keep out moisture and air, which can cause spoilage. Be sure not to pack too many into one container so that each tomato has enough space around it.


While sun-dried tomatoes don’t necessarily need refrigeration if stored properly at room temperature; you may want to consider keeping them in the fridge if you live somewhere with high humidity levels or extreme heat conditions. Refrigerating your sun-dried tomatoes will extend their shelf life up by several months.

Freezing Sun Dried Tomatoes:

If you’ve got more than what you’ll be able eat within two weeks then freezing might be convenient for longer term storage (we recommend no longer than 6 months). To do this:

  • Dry off any excess oil from your sundried tomato first.
  • Lay each piece flat on baking paper lined tray.
  • Once frozen solid transfer all pieces into freezer-safe bags with some extra virgin olive oil added.


You also have an option of adding herbs like thyme, bay leaves, or even garlic cloves for added flavor. These will not only add more flavor to your sun-dried tomatoes but also help preserve them for a longer period.

Usage Tips

When using sun-dried tomatoes in recipes, it’s best to rehydrate them first by soaking in hot water or warm broth for at least 30 minutes. This will help the tomatoes fully absorb any liquid and become tender before cooking with them.


Now that you know how to properly store your sun dried tomatoes; they can last up to six months if frozen while refrigeration ensures safety and longevity of no more than two weeks. With these tips on hand, you’ll be able enjoy their intense flavour all year round!

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