Roasting the tomatoes dehydrates them so not only do they reduce in size but they intensify in flavour. A win-win combination.
It’s also a super simple solution when you’ve got a tomato glut and you don’t know what to do with them. Although the roasting time is admittedly quite long, there’s minimal preparation time.
What do I need?
Tomatoes, lots of them or just a few – basically whatever you can get your hands on
Dried mixed herbs
Glass jar(s) with screw top lid(s)
How do I do it?
Simply slice the tomatoes in half and arrange on baking trays cut side facing upwards, sprinkle with mixed dried herbs and place into the oven. You shouldn’t even need to use any oil.
Roast your tomatoes at 120 degrees for around one and a half to two hours, it may take a little longer, or a little less, depending on how juicy they were to start off with and how you’d like the roasted to tomatoes to end up.
I usually set a timer for 75 minutes then have a little check to see how they’re doing.
Then I check them again at 15 minute intervals after that until my tomatoes are just how I want them.
Once you’re happy with them allow them to cool and then transfer into clean glass jars and gently firm down so that you can get as many as possible into the jar(s).
Pour in good quality, extra virgin olive oil, just enough to cover the tomatoes.
You can store your tomatoes for a few days quite happily if you don’t need to use them immediately. Just seal up the jar and pop them in the fridge. You’ve then got them on hand whenever you need them.
What can I do with my roasted tomatoes?
Add your herby, roasted tomatoes to salads, soups, stews or blend into a delicious dip.
They’re amazing stirred though courgetti too, for a really quick supper.
Any residual extra virgin olive oil left in the jar makes a flavourful addition to salad dressings when the tomatoes are all used up.
Those are just a few ideas but I’m sure you’ll have fun experimenting
What are your favourite ways to use your home-grown tomatoes?
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