We have a hobby gardener friend and when we were given the chance to visit and take home as much as we could pick, we took advantage of it. We went there to pick beans and we came home with this…including 2 dozen eggs from his chickens. We had a great time! Not pictured is a 2nd shoe box filled with tomatoes, and a bag filled with eggplant and squash. His back yard was amazing. An urban homestead. He needs a dehydrator-stat!
I roasted the big tomatoes in the oven, stained them and cut them up. I bagged them when cool and then froze the bags flat in the freezer to use as crushed tomatoes. The juice, I salted and reduced on the stove. It turned into an amazing stock. Yup, I was busy!
The smaller tomatoes (mostly a chocolate variety) were cut in half and put on the dehydrator sheets cut side down. It took about 48 hrs and when then were done they were perfect. Ultimately, the Roma variety is best for sun drying…but we don’t turn away free produce.
Our huge mixing bowl filled with tomatoes…
Reduced to this..one canning jar.. Simply blows your mind, doesn’t it?