So, my friend that I mentioned in my previous post who harvested my cantaloupes for me while on vacation this past summer also picked my tomatoes for me too. AND she made me tomato powder! I had never even heard of doing this with tomatoes, and I think it is just brilliant!
I made chili with it on Sunday and was amazed! I didn't have any tomatoes, but had all the other ingredients so I thought I'd try it. I used three or four tablespoons of tomato powder, and I had one can of RoTel and a tiny can of tomato paste, and made a very large pot of chili. Seriously, why have I never known about this? The tomato powder gave it a richer flavor almost like chili when you add cocoa powder to it if you've ever done that, it adds a depth of flavor.
When I got back from vacation and learned about tomato powder I had to try making some myself. However, I put my tomatoes in the oven overnight to dehydrate and may have slept in and when I asked my husband early in the morning to take them out of the oven, he just turned off the oven and left them in there. So, needless to say I had some fire roasted tomatoes - some were pure charcoal... But after a pep talk from my friend I sifted through the batch and was able to have a small bag full to turn into powder.
Yesterday, I finally got around to turning them to powder along with a bag my friend gave me as well. So, after dehydrating the tomatoes, I put them in the freezer until they are brittle, and then they go through the food processor. Some tutorials I read didn't put them in the freezer, but just let them cool.
|The dried tomatoes. A lot of the tutorials I read their tomatoes are pretty and red, I think actually doing them in a dehydrator will be better, but we just used the oven giving them a more "fire roasted" flavor. Next year, we'll use the dehydrator!|
|"Fire roasted" Tomato Powder|
|Both of my food processors are dying so they didn't quite pulverize everything, so I had to sift the powder out. I just put these pieces back in a bag and in the freezer and next time I make chili, I'll just toss these in the pot!|
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