Saturday, July 30, 2011

"sun dried" tomatoes

our first tomatoes to ripen
this season
were our romas
they ripened 
while we were away from home
by the time i picked them
they had
shriveled on the vine

handfuls upon handfuls
baking in the sun
going from
heat stroke
solar energy
had zapped my tomatoes

once picked
i sliced each tomato in half
placed cut side up on a sheet pan
sprinkled with sea salt
placed in a 175-200 degree oven to dry
about 2 hours later
or maybe 3
i lost count
(check on them every 30 minutes after the 1st hour)
they were done
dry but not dried out

after cooling 
i stuffed the deep red chewy goodness
 into a fancy jar
smothered them 
with good olive oil


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