Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

A few weeks back I published “How to preserve tomatoes for winter”. In that post, I talked about the drying process itself… in case you missed it, here it is again…

How to Preserve Tomatoes for Winter

The drying process can be achieved by air drying, oven drying, dehydrating and my favourite sun drying! There is nothing better than the taste of sun dried tomatoes during the winter!

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

So how do you sun dry tomatoes?

  • Wash and dry the tomatoes.
  • Cut them into your desired size. I personally prefer drying cherry tomatoes and I simply cut them in half.
  • Place them on a metal baking tray, skin side down, then cover with some cheesecloth, muslin or some sort of fly net… if needed you might want to construct some raisers so the cloth doesn’t rest on your fruit directly.
  • Place in the full sun and watch them shrink!

Here, in temperatures around 30C, my tomatoes are ready within 3 days.

So now, when you have a pile of lovely sun dried tomatoes let’s then turn them into jarred goodness which will last us all winter and beyond.

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

Ingredients:

  • Pile of sun dried tomatoes
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Good quality olive oil

As you might notice there are no amounts, well… amounts will depend on a number of tomatoes you have dried and the size of your jars. I would recommend small jars, no bigger than 0.2l and 1 large clove of garlic and 10 basil leaves per jar… the amount of oil will depend on your “packing skills”

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

Method:

Wash and sterilised all the jars you will use.

Wash the basil leaves and allow them to air dry.

Peel the garlic and slice each clove into smaller pieces.

Now, it’s all about layering them in the jars – tomatoes, basil leaves, a small piece of garlic and repeat until your jar is almost full. Do not overfill! Ideally, pack to the shoulder of the jar.

Finally slowly, really slowly pour the olive oil and watch the jar being filled to the rim. Stop when all tomatoes are submerged.

Screw the lid on really tight and you are done!

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

Now, when it comes to storage there are quite a few theories about it – cool, dark place seems to be the place to put them but just to be on the safe side I would suggest the fridge. Yes, keep your jars in the fridge… after all, they are small and really will not take up so much room.

Your tomatoes will be ready for consumption after a month… but the longer you leave them the better the taste.

With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.
With a super intense tomato flavour and just a hint of basil and garlic, these sun dried tomatoes are the perfect addition to bring back summertime memories during those long cold winter days.

Everyday Seasoning Blend – Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Garlic

This seasoning blend might sound very Mediterranean but trust me it goes well with almost everything and you aren’t just restricted to Italian or Spanish dishes whilst using it. It will effortlessly lift your dishes up and take them to the next level, even the simplest meal will be transformed and you will never want to go back to your old mash for example.

The first time I came across this blend was in summer when we were staying at my parents. They had just returned from their holidays bringing this mysterious, homemade seasoning mix with them, which they bought at a local food market… we had it on young boiled potatoes, on cottage cheese, on eggs in the morning… very quickly it became the mix to go but at the same time it was very quickly running out! So, we decided to decipher its ingredients: sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic… so simple yet so tasty when put together!

Everyday Seasoning Blend – Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Garlic This seasoning blend might sound very Mediterranean but trust me it goes well with almost everything and you aren’t just restricted to Italian or Spanish dishes whilst using it. It will effortlessly lift your dishes up and take them to the next level, even the simplest meal will be transformed and you will never want to go back to your old mash for example. If you want to make your own blend at home you will need the following ingredients:

  • 80g dry sun dried tomatoes – the ones with no oil just like this
  • 25g minced garlic – powdered will do but it’s not ideal due to its too fine texture
  • 10g dry basil

Method:

In a food processor place your dry sun dried tomatoes and blitz until shredded into small pieces, then mix with basil and garlic… place in an airtight jar and job jobbed!

We love this seasoning blend so much that I have started to experiment with different variations 🙂 Now I also make it with the addition of some herb salt. It really is a wonder blend and as long as you love a tomato flavour you should really enjoy it.

Have you ever mixed your own seasoning blend at home?

What do you think about this flavour combination?