Learn to take your extra tomatoes and make this simple tomato leather.
Tomato season is at its end for us, but we had an abundant tomato harvest this year. We canned a lot of tomato sauce which is what we primarily use, but when the tomatoes started slowing down, I needed something I could make with smaller batches of tomatoes. So, I decided to make some tomato leather and update my old tomato leather blog post!
I first made tomato leather a few years ago when we were drowning in tomatoes and needed a different way to preserve them. Our family loves different types of fruit leathers, so making this tomato leather adds a little variety to the standard peach or apple leathers. This leather is a little sweet, tangy, and savory. Our kids love it, and you’re sure to love it, too! Plus, it is super easy to make. Let me show you how.
Making the Leather
- 5 pounds of tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (optional)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Feel free to add any other herbs that you would like!
- Cut any blemishes from your tomatoes. Next, core and quarter them.
- Blend the tomatoes in a blender. Add salt and any other optional flavorings.
- Line dehydrator trays with parchment paper.
- Pour mixture onto the parchment lined dehydrator trays.
- Dehydrate at 125° F for 12-15 hours. You can also dehydrate on a parchment lined baking sheet in the oven at 150°F for 6-12 hours.
- Remove leather from the sheets. Cut or roll into strips. Store in an airtight container.
- 5 pounds tomatoes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- Prep tomatoes. Remove any blemishes. Core and quarter them.
- Blend tomatoes
- Add basil, salt, and cheese
- Line dehydrator trays with parchment paper. Fill trays with mixture.
- Dehydrate at 125°F for 12-15 hours
- Cut or roll leather into strips. Store in an airtight container.