Today is the third day in my quest to lose 50lbs by the end of June 2016. I have to say I’ve eaten quite well. I haven’t been hungry and I’m feeling great. You can read about it here.
I’ve used this tomato powder in a number of my recipes which I will post soon. Believe it or not, with this tomato powder and other dehydrated fruits and vegetables, you can make some awesome curries without or with very little oil.
The dehydrated tomato powder – like other dehydrated fruits – is full of goodness. It has an intense flavour that I love. When you figure that one tablespoon of the stuff is the equivalent of approximately three tomatoes, you can see how easy it is to get your five a day easily. That said, although dried fruit and fresh fruit contain many of the same health benefits, dried fruit and veg have slightly fewer vitamins.
Both dried and fresh fruits will supply you with antioxidants and fiber which we all need. You will however need to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure you are getting the vitamins you need. You’ll find that easy to do when you try my upcoming recipes. In fact, once I have enough recipes on my site to post a few daily plans, you’ll find that you are eating much more than the recommended daily five.
I used my new Buffalo dehydrator which was supplied by my friends at Nisbets. I highly recommend getting one if you like the idea of dehydrating your own fruit and vegetables. You could also use your oven but a good dehydrator makes it a lot easier.
In addition to the recipes I will post here, you can add this colourful powder to many other soups, marinades and sauces. It also makes a nice garnish.
When drying fruit and vegetables, I usually dehydrate a large quantity. The process can take up to 15 hours so you might as well do it in bulk.
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- Large ripe tomatoes (As many as you like) Thinly sliced
- Thinly slice your tomatoes and place the on the shelving plates in your dehydrator or on racks in the oven.
- Set the temperature to 57c (134f) and let them dry. Depending on how thinly you sliced your tomatoes this should take between ten and 15 hours.
- The tomatoes need to be very dry. You should be able to break them in two and crumble them.
- To make them into a powder, blend in a spice grinder, small food processor or smash in a pestle and mortar until you have a powder.
- Store in an air-tight container and use as needed.
I would like to thank Nisbets for supplying me with the Buffalo dehydrator and Waring spice grinder used in this recipe. I highly recommend both.