Sep 17, 2013

Crazy Tomatoes


Well, it’s more like Crazy Kay and her tomatoes.

You see, I’ve gone crazy with my new food dryer (got myself an excalibur) and only now am I noticing how horrible the cheap dehydrator I used for Project Jalapeño really was. This feels like coming home, like a warm bath. It’s a good thing I wasn’t born somewhere in 1600, or I surely would have been branded a witch with all these dried herbs around the house.

Being able to make fruit and yoghurt leathers, dry my Nasi Goreng vegetable mix, dry cheddar and powdering it for authentic cheese popcorn, dry peanut butter and powderize it for the best brownies ever, and even make the most delicious croutons you’ve ever eaten is an amazing thing. But my favourite will always be dried tomatoes. They’re so versatile. They become so sweet and crunchy it’s like eating candy.

I sprinkle tomato slices with a dried mix of sea salt, garlic, onion, parsley, peperoncino and oregano and dehydrate them ’til they are crunchy. I also keep a jar of sun blushed tomatoes on oil in my fridge, though.

Then I put them in my spice mill, along with some dried onions and garlic.

And I turn them into this.

Maybe add a sprinkling of oregano and some basil.

I put it on everything. Stir it into bread dough or even sprinkle it on top of stuff.

Which eventually turns into this.

I make olive oil dips with it, add it to dressings and even omelets. I well it and stir it into sour cream to go on top of baked potatoes. I stir it into my soups and sauces. There is so much you can do with it.

In short… I’m having way too much fun with this new toy of mine.

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    1. 1

      You should start selling those spice mixes! ;-) I can be your distributor in the US, haha!
      It looks really good, maybe I should buy a cheap dehydrator first to test how much I will use it.

      Ellen on Sep 17, 2013 @ 7:10 pm Reply
      1. And I didn’t even mention the amazing mix I made using dried lemon drop peppers.

        Kay on Sep 17, 2013 @ 7:36 pm Reply
        1. That sounds even better!

          Ellen on Sep 18, 2013 @ 10:09 pm Reply
    2. 2

      drooling in Toronto  

      Debbie on Sep 17, 2013 @ 8:17 pm Reply
    3. 3

      I love the pics. And this is making seasoning blends to the extreme :) Love it!

      arrisje on Sep 18, 2013 @ 1:56 am Reply
      1. You should taste the seasoning mix I made with my home grown lemon drop peppers!:)

        Kay on Sep 18, 2013 @ 10:29 am Reply
        1. I got a dehydrator somewhere in the closet. Hubby is making it for jerky. You are giving me a new idea ;)

          arrisje on Sep 19, 2013 @ 1:50 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Dehydrating is one thing I’ve never tried. Now I want a machine just to make these amazing looking tomatoes!

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Sep 18, 2013 @ 3:13 pm Reply
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      Kay, the focaccia looking bread that you showed above.  It looks amazing.  Do you have a recipe for it? 

      Catherine on Sep 18, 2013 @ 7:32 pm Reply
      1. Terrible photos but a solid recipe.

        Kay on Sep 18, 2013 @ 7:48 pm Reply
    6. 6

      Thank you!

      Catherine on Sep 18, 2013 @ 7:50 pm Reply
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      where did you buy this? I love it !!!

      Linda on Sep 19, 2013 @ 3:20 pm Reply
      1. Where did I buy what?

        Kay on Sep 19, 2013 @ 3:22 pm Reply
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      Could I use a food processor to do the job of grinding the tomatoes, or is a spice mill really needed?
      I love trying your recipes! Thanks.
      Janet from Canada

      Janet on Sep 20, 2013 @ 8:01 pm Reply
      1. You can definitely use your food processor because you don’t want to powderize them anyway. 

        Kay on Sep 21, 2013 @ 10:00 am Reply
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      Sorry, I meant where did you buy the food druyer 

      Linda on Sep 23, 2013 @ 11:19 am Reply
      1. You can buy them at several online stores, sells them!

        Kay on Sep 23, 2013 @ 11:26 am Reply
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      Now I want a dehydrator! What does your spice mill look like? Will you do a post about Nasi Goreng? I grew up in Indonesia but am having trouble finding basic great recipes for say Mie Goreng and Nasi Goreng…

      Hsin on Oct 3, 2013 @ 5:53 am Reply

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