Posted by Mel Morrell on September 07, 1999 at 19:40:22:
In Reply to: Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes posted by E. Hamoline on August 30, 1998 at 10:38:31:
I was looking for info re: this topic. The actual sun drying is great if you have long cool days versus heat. In Boise (where I live) that is the case. Using screening and cheese cloth, you can dry on many racks at a time by switching their order. I would suggest that you wash your tomotoes first and then blanch in boiling H20 for 1-1 1/2 minutes for roma's. This will effectively kill any spores on the skin of the fruit. Then dry during day and bring in at night. Make sure you keep your pets away from your drying area as they like to eat as well as you do.
Secondly, try using yellow pear tomatoes as sun dried tomotoes. They are milder, as sweet and give your dishes color in the winter as well as the red's. Last, here is my recipe for sun-dried tomatoes: 1# Penne Paste (al dente), 1 handful of sun-dried tomatoes, 1/3 C Olive Oil, 1 Palmful of Fresh Basil coarse chop, 1 Sprig Rosemary cleaned and separated from branch and 1 palmful of oregano chopped, 5 cloves fresh garlic and 1 C gargonzola cheese.
Place tomatoes in warm water and balsamic vinegar (1/2 tsp) for 3-4 minutes. Cook pasta per taste, in sauce pan, place 1/3 C olive oil and herbs (clean). Cook 1-2 minutes until aroma makes you have a good taste of wine. Then add garlic (crushed not chopped) into mixture, cook 1 minute! Place cooked Penne into sauce pan, add cheese to top until melted and serve immediately. I also recommend brushetta as the side dish since this dish is so filling, enjoy!
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