Tomato Powder

Dehydrating Tomatoes and Tomato Powder

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Today it’s all about how to make tomato powder and how to use it. It takes up very little space on the pantry shelves and yet we can make so many things with it. Here again, it’s all about cooking from scratch.

What Is Tomato Powder?

It’s basically fresh sweet tomatoes dehydrated with the peelings and then pulsated or ground into a fine powder. You can make it so much cheaper than buying it from the store. The powder is so versatile to use as you make so many tomato-based food items.

How To Make Tomato Powder

Dehydrating Tomatoes and Tomato Powder

Dehydrate Your Tomatoes

Step One: Wash, Core, and Slice

Wash and core (stem) the tomatoes. Using a sharp knife, slice the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick and place the slices on the dehydrator trays or racks in a single layer. I DO NOT PEEL them.

Tomato Powder

Step Two: Set The Temperature

I set the temperature at (155°F) = (68°C) degrees per my Excalibur Dehydrator instructions. Please check your dehydrator for the correct temperatures for your specific make and model.

It took about 5 hours to dehydrate today. The time will depend on the humidity of the room you are dehydrating them in, and of course, the temperature setting used in your dehydrator.

How To Condition Your Fruit or Vegetables

If you live where it is HUMID: “To condition the fruit, take the dried fruit that has cooled and pack it loosely in plastic or glass jars. Seal the containers and let them stand for 7 to 10 days. The excess moisture in some pieces will be absorbed by the drier pieces. Shake the containers daily to separate the pieces and check the moisture condensation.” https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/dry/pack_store.html As mentioned in the next paragraph and in the section below regarding conditioning, I often just put them on a baking or cookie sheet on my counter for the 5-7 days.

I used to live in the DRY DESERT: I set my fruit and vegetables on my countertop for 5-7 days. Ten days are even better to make sure everything is evenly dry before using your FoodSaver unit.

How To Make Tomato Powder

Step Three: Tomato Powder-Use a Blender

You can use a Magic Bullet or a blender to make the powder. It’s very easy to use either one. It’s good to use the pulse button and grind a little at a time. I’ve heard some people will use their coffee grinders or food processor to get the powder consistency they want.

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You can store the excess dehydrated tomatoes in jars and blend the amount of tomato powder you will use during the next month or so. It takes up very little space on my pantry shelves.

How To Make Tomato Powder

How To Dehydrate Tomatoes

5 from 2 votes
Tomato Powder
How To Dehydrate Tomatoes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 30 mins
 
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 1-6 tomatoes (No chemicals or preservatives. Just fresh tomatoes.)
Instructions
  1. Wash and core (stem) the tomatoes. Slice the tomatoes about ¼ inch thick and place them on the dehydrator racks. I DO NOT PEEL them.

  2. I set the temperature at (155°F) = (68°C) degrees per my Excalibur Dehydrator instructions. Please check your dehydrator for the correct temperatures.

  3. The time will always depend on the humidity where you are drying yours. I dry them until they are a little flexible but not brittle. Today they took about 5 hours.

  4. You can use the dried tomato slices for making paste, puree or just to season what you are cooking. These are great to use in soups, spaghetti sauces, or to eat as a snack!

How To Condition Your Fruit or Vegetables
  1. If you live where it is HUMID: "To condition the fruit, take the dried fruit that has cooled and pack it loosely in plastic or glass jars. Seal the containers and let them stand for 7 to 10 days. The excess moisture in some pieces will be absorbed by the drier pieces. Shake the jars daily to separate the pieces and check the moisture condensation." https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/dry/pack_store.html

    I used to live in the DRY DESERT: I set my fruit and vegetables on my countertop for 5-7 days. Ten days are even better to make sure everything is dry before using your FoodSaver unit.

How To Make Tomato Powder
  1. After you dehydrate your tomatoes and they are fully "conditioned" (totally ready to store), you can make tomato powder.

    You can use a Magic Bullet or a blender to make the powder. It's very easy to use either one. It's good to use the pulse button and grind a little at a time. I've heard some people will use their coffee grinders or food processor to get the powder consistency they want.

How Do I Store Tomato Powder?

Tomato Powder

You can use airtight containers as shown above, or pint-sized mason jars with Ball White Lids. Either way, it’s so easy to make and store for later.

Please don’t use your FoodSaver accessories tube to remove the air from the powder. It will damage your FoodSaver by sucking the powder up the tube into the machine.

What is Conditioning?

After the food is dehydrated, place your finished product on trays for 5-7 days. Ten days is even better. Here’s the deal, we need every area of the tomatoes to be dry or you may see mold in your jars after sealing. If you see mold, discard the entire jar, it is not safe to eat.

Conditioning

How do I Store the Dehydrated Tomatoes?

I use my FoodSaver and seal the jars. I don’t use oxygen absorbers because I’ll eat these within a year. Then I start the process again next year since I love both the dehydrated tomatoes and the tomato powder as I prepare meals.

FoodSaver

Can I Dehydrate the Tomatoes in My Oven?

Yes, you can. Many preppers like to use ovens for dehydrating fruits and veggies. You need to set the oven to its lowest temperature, put a wad of foil to keep the oven door ajar and place the sliced tomatoes on cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. Be sure to check the tomatoes often since your oven will dry them much faster than a regular dehydrator

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Can I Use Cherry Tomatoes?

Yes, you can dehydrate cherry tomatoes by cutting them in half and drying them with the cut side up. The advantage of using cherry tomatoes is the fact they typically are much sweeter to taste, therefore the tomato powder is much sweeter.

Which Tomatoes Are Best To Use?

Any tomato will work but try and use only Non-GMO varieties. The more we purchase good seeds that are Heirloom Seeds the better off we’ll be. We can save seeds and replant them as needed. This is where I buy all of my garden seeds: SeedsNow

If you plan to use your tomatoes for juice, consider growing Early Girl or Brandywine. They tend to be larger and very juicy when ripe. We have also used Beefsteak tomatoes and had good luck due to their large size. Romas are ok but tend to be smaller in size and juice content.

What Are The Easiest Tomatoes To Grow?

If you’re a beginner gardener, you may want to select cherry tomatoes. They are very easy to grow and produce a large harvest. Here are some tips on growing tomatoes. We’ve had good production with all the tomato varieties, big and small. We enjoy BLT sandwiches, so tomatoes are included in each year’s planting cycle.

What Is The Shelf Life?

As a Master Canner – Preserver I can safely say the dehydrated tomatoes and the powder will be good for one year if stored properly. Please keep the tomato powder in airtight containers. We all hope the foods in storage last a long time, so plan on putting them in a cool, dry, and dark location whenever possible.

Are Tomatoes Healthy?

Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene. It has been linked to many health benefits, such as a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are high in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, and of course, Vitamin K.

How Can I Use Tomato Powder?

  • Tomato soup or stew
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Chili
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Bisque
  • Juice
  • Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Pizza sauce and other pasta dishes
  • Sprinkle on the top of salads

How to Make Your Own Tomato Sauce

15-ounce can: 2/3 cup tomato powder and 1-3/4 cups water

Fresh Juice

64-ounce bottle: 8 cups water and 1 cup powder

You Can Make Tomato Paste

6-ounce can: 6 tablespoons powder and 1/2 cup water

Final Word

Please let me know if you’ve made tomato powder and how you used it. I love hearing from you. Tomatoes are so easy to dehydrate and then use to make our own powder.

It’s all about cooking from scratch and growing our own food. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

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18 Comments

  1. Yes! Tomatoes,you can never have enough tomatoes! Another great “powdered” article. I also dehydrate my own tomatoes using regular and roma’s. When I dehydrated the last one’s I used my fresh grown basil and oregano. After slicing I sprinkled with sea salt,oregano and basil then dried them.Oh did they turn out great! We ate them like candy but, could have been powered. That would have been great in a stir fry or sprinkled on a burger! Already seasoned! YUM (Stay safe and God Bless)

    1. Hi Bill, oh my gosh, now I have got to try sea salt, oregano, and basil on mine this summer. Yay, I love hearing new ideas!! We eat the plain ones like candy. I love your comment! Linda

  2. I experimented with seasoning tomato powder and water with a little garlic salt and onion salt. It tasted amazingly like V8 juice.

  3. I have never before heard of tomato powder. I just recently started making my own seasonings. I just on a lark googled tomato powder and found out about it. We are now going to dehydrate some tomatoes and try it. I think it would be wonderful in Spanish rice.

    1. Hi Janet, oh if you dehydrate tomatoes they are so sweet and delicious. Not Roma, they are not that flavorful in my opinion. My family likes to snack on dehydrated tomatoes. The tomato powder is an added bonus. It would make wonderful Spanish rice! Yum! Linda

      1. Hi Heidi, I would try it, I dehydrate frozen items. You would have to let them drain for sure. They may be hard to slice because they have been canned, just remember home dehydrated foods especially tomatoes only have a shelf life of one year if they were totally dried when being dehydrated. Linda

  4. 5 stars
    Linda….I wanted to let you know I tried this recipe 🙂 Omg! This is the best! I had a bunch of fresh tomatoes in my garden that I didn’t know what to do with that I didn’t want to waste. This recipe was perfect! I dehydrated a bunch. My favorite is to use it in soups! Thank you!❤️

    1. Hi Camille, thank you for the 5 stars! Oh, I love hearing your garden is doing well! Mark and I love to snack on sweet dehydrated tomatoes!! Have fun dehydrating, Linda

  5. Doing tomatoes is great!! I have done a lot of them this year along with drying pears. Takes up less room and with the Covid restrictions we are having in our area again, it is the best way to preserve them. I did do some sauce and stewed tomatoes, too. I can’t teach any of my classes on canning right now, either. I have a feeling this is going to go on for a lot longer than people realize.

    1. Hi Cheryl, I agree I do not see any end in sight either. Oh, I love canning, it’s so relaxing and gratifying seeing those jars lined up. Nowadays I’m doing more dehydrating than anything else, because of the canning lid shortage. Stay well, stay safe. Linda

  6. i have been doing this for ever,i dont powder them .i use on eggs,soup,just about anything i cook.i dry with onion powder hot cilies powder and parmesan.try different spice.enjoy.

    1. Hi Wayne, I love dehydrating them more than powering them. But sometimes I just need smidge of tomato. We eat them as snacks as well. The sweeter the tomatoes the tastier the dehydrated tomato! I like your spice add ons, I’m goin to try that! Thank you, Linda

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