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what to do with excess tomatoes #16529814 10/15/21
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My wife read some stuff on making tomato powder. You dry them and blend them into a powder. They retain most of the nutrients as only water is removed. That makes them easy to store. They can be sprinkled dry on food or they can be reconstituted to make juice, paste, etc.
We're in the experimental stage right now, making the powder. We haven't got to the using it part yet. If you have the tomatoes, search for 'tomato powder' to get a bunch of ideas.

The nutrients in many dried foods are destroyed by oxidation. You can get very cheap oxygen removal packets, like those little packets you find inside many things you buy. They greatly extend the shelf life of dried foods.


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Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: Rock Chuck] #16529826 10/15/21
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sun dried tomatoes, paste never heard of powdering...
do yo have to puree first?


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Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: Rock Chuck] #16529836 10/15/21
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We bought a freeze drier this summer so we're drying them that way. We just slice them to about 3/4 to 1". This is new to us, too, so I can't answer many questions until we get more experience. We've used a regular dryer in the past, just slicing them.


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Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: Rock Chuck] #16529837 10/15/21
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I've never dried tomatoes, but see them on the shelf at the store and know they have it in some dried veggie soup blends.
Sounds like a great way to reuse and not take up space.
That would be a good way to store indefinitely without botulism.



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Throw them at your terrible neighbors house at night.


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When you dry tomatoes, you'll be surprised at how much salt is in them.


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Dried lots of sliced tomatoes.

Try adding seasonings to them, various.
They rehydrate just fine for cooking.

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Can em.

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Originally Posted by Rock Chuck
When you dry tomatoes, you'll be surprised at how much salt is in them.

Huh?

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Freeze them in zip lock bags.

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Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: gregintenn] #16529858 10/15/21
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Originally Posted by gregintenn
Can em.
We have over 100 qts canned now but the maters just keep coming. We're out of jars and storage space. That's storing a lot of water. Powder takes up hardly any space.


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Originally Posted by Rock Chuck
My wife read some stuff on making tomato powder. You dry them and blend them into a powder. They retain most of the nutrients as only water is removed. That makes them easy to store. They can be sprinkled dry on food or they can be reconstituted to make juice, paste, etc.
We're in the experimental stage right now, making the powder. We haven't got to the using it part yet. If you have the tomatoes, search for 'tomato powder' to get a bunch of ideas.

The nutrients in many dried foods are destroyed by oxidation. You can get very cheap oxygen removal packets, like those little packets you find inside many things you buy. They greatly extend the shelf life of dried foods.
Make your own pizza sauce, your own salsa, your own spaghetti sauce... Pressure can it in pints/quarts/whatever and they'll keep for years..


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Originally Posted by bluefish
Throw them at your terrible neighbors house at night.

You mean the known Democrats

Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: Rock Chuck] #16529980 10/15/21
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A quart jar will hold a BUNCH of tomatoes when they're dried and powdered. Here're some ideas and recipes for using it: TOMATO POWDER Like I said, we're just making the powder now. We haven't tried any of this stuff yet.


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i just core them and toss them in freezer bags. take out and thaw and the skin comes right off. good for chili and also can be run through a juicer easy to get rid of the seeds. canning is good too but kind of a PITA.


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Originally Posted by Rock Chuck
Originally Posted by gregintenn
Can em.
We have over 100 qts canned now but the maters just keep coming. We're out of jars and storage space. That's storing a lot of water. Powder takes up hardly any space.


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Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: Rock Chuck] #16530597 10/15/21
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Rock Chuck I will be headed up that way next Wednesday and I would be happy to take some off your hands…

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A couple years ago after canning all we needed I initiated a tomato fight with two neighbor kids.

Re: what to do with excess tomatoes [Re: Springcove] #16530837 10/15/21
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Originally Posted by Springcove
Rock Chuck I will be headed up that way next Wednesday and I would be happy to take some off your hands…
We don't have any frost in the forecast before then so they should still be good. I'm going hunting but should be home Wed afternoon at the latest.


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