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Salt, pepper, tomatoes! Glut at the Plot!

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Allotment veg are a conundrum. We spend a lot of time hoping and willing the little seedlings to poke their heads out of the earth.

Waiting, watching, watering.

Then we have a challenge to see what flourishes and what doesn’t. Followed swiftly by the

Oh no! Too many ……. not enough ……,,

It’s a fill in the blanks.

Every year the results are different so it’s hard to predict.

Then the race is on to ‘deal with’ that produce effectively.

But I’m ready!

I’ve gradually developed strategies to keep on top of the stuff. I prefer low effort simple solutions requiring very few non-home grown ingredients.

This year red hen was interested in what was going to happen to the yellow plum tomatoes.

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Simple!

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I washed them, sliced them in half and put them in two trays in the dehydrator.
Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper and then switch on.

I also put some more delicious kale in with them. It was done after a couple of hours and the tomatoes will take a little longer. I just check them every couple of hours then when they are done we shall put them in oil in clean jars.

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12 comments on “Salt, pepper, tomatoes! Glut at the Plot!

  1. Agents of Field
    August 21, 2014

    Ah… the familiar glut issue! I’ve just written a piece about the very same:

    http://agentsoffield.com/2014/08/20/in-a-rut-with-a-glut/

    although this year I’ve discovered a rather wonderful book which is going to help me tackle all our surplus veg – especially those cucumbers!

    Sophie

    PS. I love your hens – very beautiful!

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    • lizard100
      August 28, 2014

      It’s very useful. Any way of prepping food to save it!

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  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 21, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Thanks for sharing have a blessed day Liz

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  3. silverbells2012
    August 21, 2014

    I need a dehydrator!

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  4. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    August 23, 2014

    Dehydrated tomatoes must be glorious! I would gladly eat them as a snack, but I’m sure they must brighten up countless recipes to come.

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    • lizard100
      August 28, 2014

      I like adding then to tomato based dishes for extra flavour.

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  5. lizard100
    August 23, 2014

    They are very simple and very delicious. Like you say as a snack of as an ingredient. Very flavourful.

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  6. littlesproutslearning
    August 24, 2014

    So when you dehydrate your tomatoes and put them in oil, do you store that in the fridge? And then how to you use them for cooking? Do you have any favorite recipes to use them for?

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    • lizard100
      August 24, 2014

      We do store them in the fridge. I like to throw them into most sauce based dishes eg bolognaise or lasagne. If there’s a regular tomato in there already, the dried ones really add flavour.

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      • littlesproutslearning
        August 24, 2014

        Cool! I might dry some and try it out. thanks for the info!

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      • lizard100
        August 24, 2014

        Don’t store them for too long in the fridge. And be aware the oil may solidify.

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