Tomato powder adds extra tomato flavour to sauces and soups and can replace tomato sauce and paste in recipes. With a food dehydrator and a spice grinder, you can make your own tomato powder at home from tomatoes picked in your garden or purchased from the store.
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Things you need
- Food dehydrator
- Spice grinder
- Air-tight container
Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Arrange the slices in a single layer on the tray of a food dehydrator.
Dry the tomatoes for 10 to 18 hours at 135 to 140F or until brittle.
Cool the tomatoes to room temperature, and transfer them to a spice grinder.
Grind the tomatoes with several pulses of the spice grinder until a fine powder forms.
Store the tomato powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Tips and warnings
- Make tomato paste with equal parts of tomato powder and water. Tomato sauce requires three parts water to one part tomato powder.
- Use a food processor to grind large amounts of dried tomatoes for powder. Pulse the tomatoes several times to create the powder. A mortar and pestle can be used to grind a small amount of dried tomatoes by hand into powder.
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