Homemade "Sun-Dried" Tomatoes

I love to preserve the fresh taste of summer by making “sun-dried” tomatoes.  These are quite simple to make and not actually dried in the sun.  Here’s how.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Start with several San Marzano tomatoes (or you could by Romas at the stores).  Just be sure that the tomatoes you use are in season in order to get the best flavor.

Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds and heavy pieces of pulp.  Sprinkle generously with kosher salt, thyme, and give them a drizzle of olive oil.

Place the tomatoes in the 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Then turn off the oven, but don’t open the door.  Leave the tomatoes in the oven until it is completely cool.  The tomatoes should be slightly charred and a bit leathery.  They will not be completely dry. 

Place the tomatoes in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for months.  Thaw briefly before using on pizzas or in sandwiches.


  1. I love sundried tomato sauce. Will have to try this soon!

  2. I've never used sun-dried tomatoes to make sauce. I bet it's wonderful!

  3. Saving this for future reference, as it looks like a great alternative to store bought dried tomatoes.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

    1. They are really good and super easy to make! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Jennifer, I'll be doing this in a few months! Finally got myself motivated to plant a few things this year, after letting my garden go unplanted for a few years.

  5. I need to do this, so easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday!