How to Make Tomato Powder

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Tomato powder adds extra tomato flavor to sauces and soups and can replace tomato sauce and paste in recipes. With a food dehydrator and a spice grinder, you can make your own tomato powder at home from tomatoes picked in your garden or purchased from the store.

Things You'll Need

  • Food dehydrator
  • Spice grinder
  • Air-tight container
  • Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.

  • Arrange the slices in a single layer on the tray of a food dehydrator.

  • Dry the tomatoes for 10 to 18 hours at 135 to 140 F or until brittle.

  • Cool the tomatoes to room temperature, and transfer them to a spice grinder.

  • Grind the tomatoes with several pulses of the spice grinder until a fine powder forms.

  • Store the tomato powder in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make tomato paste with equal parts of tomato powder and water. Tomato sauce requires three parts water to one part tomato powder.
  • Use a food processor to grind large amounts of dried tomatoes for powder. Pulse the tomatoes several times to create the powder. A mortar and pestle can be used to grind a small amount of dried tomatoes by hand into powder.

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