06 September 2016

A long, slow drying-out

I warn you, this is taking a while. I put sliced tomatoes in the oven yesterday morning at 9:30, to dry them. I finally turned off the oven eight hours later, and I left the two trays of tomatoes in the oven overnight.

I had the oven on at 90ºC (195ºF), bottom heat only, fan on. Maybe I should have turned it up a little bit more. As I described yesterday, the little tomatoes were just sliced in half, core removed, and arranged on oven pans on parchment paper (papier de cuisson). I didn't season them. No oil.

There they are above, in the process of drying in the oven. You can see that they aren't cooking, but just getting dehydrated. I didn't turn on top heat because I didn't want those on the upper rack to scorch on top.

When I opened the cold oven this morning, Here's what I found.. And they weren't yet sufficiently dry. Still soft. Kind of sticky to the touch. Not "leathery" enough. I was able to consolidate the two pans and put all the tomatoes on only one. Back into the oven they went.

This time, I turned the oven on top and bottom heat, at the same temperature, with the convection fan going. Now the tomatoes are all on the bottom rack, so they shouldn't get scorched. I think the reason they weren't totally dehydrated this morning is that our weather is so warm and humid right now. Walt said the relative humidity yesterday morning was 99%. That's unheard of here. This morning the weather is warm and fairly muggy. I'll just have to keep an eye on the tomatoes and make a decision about them later. Dried enough? Not dried enough?


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    1. They looked really good but they weren't completely dried out. I dried them a little longer and put them up in jars. Tomorrow...

  2. Oh I bet that smells lovely ... they will taste sooo good !

  3. I have just put some courgette crisps back in the dehydrator...they were fine on Sunday for Colin and Elizabeth's leaving party.... but had picked up water from the atmosphere by last night...they'd become chewy, not crisp... and by this afternoon were positively soggy.
    Will need the bags of self-indicating silica gel in the jars for the moment, I think.

    1. Do you make courgette crisps the same way, drying them in a slow oven?


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