Monday, September 20, 2010
Getting ready for winter
This year I decided to try my hand at drying my extras, I love the flavor and texture of dried tomatoes and dried chili peppers are almost a no brainer! I looked around a for some suggestions and came up with the easiest I could find. Both were simple most of the work done while I was asleep. The instructions for the chilies mostly suggested about 12 to 14 hours the tomatoes 8 to 10.
Here is how it went I cut the chili peppers from my garden in half lengthwise, laid them on a cookie sheet and put them into my oven on the lowest setting (170 degrees) when I got home from work one day; at about 9:00 pm the same night I cut all of my roma tomatoes in half sprinkled them with a little kosher salt and placed them open side up on another pan and put them in the oven next to the peppers then, here is the hard part... then I went to bed.
When I got up the next morning I turned the oven off and left these new treats in there for the day. They came out perfect, the chilies dry and crispy the tomatoes the consistency of raisins, sweet and chewy. We will see where they end up this winter.