One of the easiest ways to jazz up a meal and quickly enhance flavors is to add Tomato Powder. This year we have been making and posting tons of tomato recipe videos. These recipes frequently use a food milling process. Whenever you use a food mill there is leftover tomato “byproduct.” You could throw the byproduct to your chickens, or compost it, but we prefer to use every part of the tomato. The easiest product to make using the discarded tomato waste from previous recipes is to dehydrate the tomato byproduct and then turn it into Tomato Powder.
Dehydrate Tomato Bits to Turn Into Tomato Powder
The first step is to dehydrate the tomato pieces until they are very dry. They should crumble in your hands.
Place the Dehydrated Tomato Bits into a Blender or Food Processor
Tomato powder can be made in either a food processor or in a blender. Once all of the tomato bits have dried collect them and then place the dry tomatoes in your processor/blender. If you are unsure how to dehydrate tomatoes check out this video.
Blend, Chop, Grind your dried tomatoes in your blender or food processor for 1 to 2 minutes. It is always amazing to me how a full food processor will yield just a cup or so of powder. Chopping it up really reduces the space it fills.
Store Tomato Powder in an Airtight Container
Place the powder in an airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place. I like to use a mason jar for this.
To use the powder, add it to any recipe that you would normally use tomatoes in. It can be a great addition when cooking pasta or rice. It is also good for thickening up tomato sauce.
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