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How to make ok tomatoes good and good tomatoes great!

There is no faking a good tomato. A perfectly ripe tomato reminds you that a tomato is a fruit! Sweet, luscious flesh with a touch of clean acidity and a skin that is just thick enough to keep it from exploding. When I can’t get great tomatoes DSC06521I like to oven dry them to intensify their flavor. This process removes the water and concentrates the flavor. It also changes the flavor to more of a “sun-dried” concentrated tomato flavor. It is so easy to do.
1. Set the oven to 200.
2. Rub a large sheet pan with olive oil.
3. Slice the tomatoes ½ “thick and lay them out on the sheet pan.
4. Drizzle them with a high quality olive oil and salt.
5. Place them in the oven for 4-6 hours.
It is up to you how dry you want them. Taste them at each level and you will be able to decide what you like best. I then use these to make a simple tomato and caramelized onion tart, in salads, chopped in pastas, etc. Enjoy!

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