I'm curious. Why did you salt them? They are delicious just slicing and
drying. They also make a great snack even for people who are
salt-restricted or diabetic, but the addition of salt would nullify that.
You can always add salt if you use them for cooking.
On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 20:20:22 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenna Rose)
Read the message about food posioning and improper preservation.
Using three different methods of preservation simultaneously (salting,
drying, freezing) is a safe bet however.
Foods have to be dried rather than cooked cos cooking will not
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I did the same (in oven)..roma are best for this treatment and i quarter
them so they dry better/faster...then i tightly packed them in glass jars,
added a lot of chopped basil and covered with olive oil....it worked ok.
Regarding storing tomatoes, if you like chili in the winter just put
them whole into freezer bags and freeze them until you're ready to cook chili.
All you have to do is run them under warm water to remove the skin and toss
them into the crockpot with your other chili ingredients and they certainly
enhance the flavor.
When last we left our heros, on Fri, 29 Aug 2003 08:38:16 -0400,
Pay attention to the nice lady. She's absolutely correct.
I shared a table with a very nice man from the CDC at a
conference a few years back, and he told me about the
sharp rise in cases of botulism since making flavored oils
has become popular with home gardeners.
I cheat when I can my flavored oils, I use the autoclave
in the lab where I work. I wouldn't risk it, otherwise.
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point but my .sig>
"Maybe you'd like to ask the Wizard for a heart."
"ElissaAnn" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Nothing I've read has said that salt should be added to tomatoes when
drying them which is why I asked. Dehydrated tomatoes are not a source of
food poisoning, or if they are, I've certainly not heard of it and I'm
about as compulsive about food preservation and food care as a person can
I dry tomatoes all the time. When they are fully dried, I vacu seal them
in bags. Per directions I have read about processing them with the skins
on (I don't peel before I slice them into thin slices), I put them in the
freezer for several days. Often, I just leave them there until they are
When dried tomatoes spoil, it is because they've been allowed to partially
rehydrate and they will mold so are obviously spoiled. I would never
recommend someone dry them any way other than slicing them since
quartering or halving would not allow even and proper drying and will (as
outlined in one of my canning books) lead to spoilage. I do not add
anything to tomatoes when drying since additives would require different
care than the tomatoes alone. (I do, however, add lemon juice to canned
tomatoes per canning directions though I'd rather not. My newer canning
books, purchased in recent years, do indicate salt is optional, but the
lemon juice is necessary.)
If you have information that says salt should be added when dehydrating
tomatoes, please give your source as I certainly want to be ensure
ignorance is not making my tomatoes a potential health risk. I'm very
grateful for this group and the frank and straightforward conversations in
it. We all learn from each other.
Thank you for any info you can provide.
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