What To Do With Leftover Tomato Skins & How To Make Tomato Powder
It’s Katie. This year I have an abundant crop of tomatoes. It’s amazing how many and how fast they ripen. I have 4 plants. One called a Super Sweet 100 that produces cherry tomatoes by the bowl full. One is a roma tomato which we love for homemade salsa, and the other 2 are more like a the kind you would get from a grocery store only they taste a million times better these are the ones I freeze!
There’s so much you can do with tomatoes. Me and my daughter like them plain with a little salt and pepper. We eat them on salads and sandwiches but we can’t keep up with the production of the plants, so I end up freezing them. This is a great way to preserve garden tomatoes for future use and not have a big water bath canner boiling in your kitchen on a hot summer day. I always wash my tomatoes first. Then I core and make a small “x” on the bottom of the tomato with my knife. This helps with the peeling later. After the tomatoes are blanched and I have all of these leftover tomato skins. Instead of wasting them and throwing them out I dry them and turn them into tomato powder or flakes.
What do you do with tomato flakes or powder?
I use mine in tomato sauces to boost the flavor, to make tomato paste, and I’ve read people put it on sandwiches, even popcorn!
You can dry tomato skins 2 ways. Either in a dehydrator or in your oven. I’ve done both and they both work great. This beautiful bowl full comes from just one picking today.
Next dry them for the appropriate amount of time, be sure to check on them every so often – especially if you’re using an oven. In an oven they take 2-5 hours depending on the temp and your oven. I right above the warm option on my oven which is about 190°F. Or in your dehydrator for 6-12 hours. Tomato skins are dry when they are crisp and brittle.
Once they are dried and crispy like this you can grind them to a powder using a coffee or spice grinder. Or you can use a food processor if you want flakes.
And voila! You have beautiful tomato powder/flakes! Store them in an airtight container in a cool dry place, or freeze them in small freezer bags.
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