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How To Make Dried Tomato Powder

Don’t throw away those tomato skins as you’re canning! We’ll show you how to put them to use with this easy dried tomato powder seasoning recipe. Tomato powder is a flavorful way to add some natural color to all of your favorite recipes.

Dried tomato powder in a glass jar wrapped with twine.

How to Make Tomato Powder at Home

Making tomato powder at home is quite easy! You’ll simply dehydrate your tomato skins in the oven or a dehydrator. Then you can use a coffee grinder or food processor to grind the dehydrated skins into a fine powder. (See recipe card below for the detailed steps).

The next time you start the process of making tomato sauce from scratch or a homemade salsa for canning, remember to save those tomato skins. Any variety of tomatoes will do, whether it’s roma tomatoes or other type of fresh garden tomatoes, it’s easier than you make think to turn those skins into a healthy and versatile seasoning.

Overhead view of dried tomato powder.

Striving to get the most use out of our produce without any unnecessary waste, and especially those fruits and vegetables we grow in our garden is important for us here on the blog. Recipes such as this garlic scapes pesto, homemade apple cider vinegar and any one of our delicious jam recipes are all ways we preserve our fresh produce.

Tomato Powder Uses

Tomato powder is a versatile seasoning, it can be added to any homestyle recipe that calls for seasoning mix, such as our easy baked chicken drumsticks, grilled pork shoulder recipe and even our classic European stuffed peppers.

Dried tomato powder in a glass jar.

How To Make Dried Tomato Powder

Jane and Sonja
Don't throw them out! Put those tomato skins from canning to use with this simple dried tomato powder seasoning recipe using your oven.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Servings 1 jar


  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Coffee grinder
  • Jar with lid


  • 10 Tomatoes Skins from


  • Wash tomatoes. Cut a small slit at the top of each tomato to help peel the skin after blanching.
  • Blanch tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute. Remove blanched tomatoes and place in a bowl.
  • Peel skin and place the tomato skin on a parchment lined baking sheet. Set the tomatoes aside to use later or make homemade tomato salsa or sauce.
  • Bake tomato skins at 190°F for 3-4 hours in total. You can also use a convection setting. This will cause tomato skins to dry faster but be sure to check throughout the baking process to avoid burning.
  • After one hour of baking, turn tomato skins over and continue to bake for another hour. Turn tomato skins over again and bake for another 1-2 hours until they're completely dry but not burnt.
  • After the skins have cooled, grind them with a coffee grinder or other type of grinder until a fine powder is formed.
  • Place the ground tomato powder in a clean, dry jar with a lid and place in the fridge or counter top for later use. Dried powder should last up to a year in a sealed jar.


Alternatively, you can can also use a food dehydrator if you have one.
Keyword preserves, tomatoes
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More Recipes Using Fresh Tomatoes

For some other tasty ways to use fresh tomatoes, try this sliced tomato with basil and garlic; or this simple yellow bean pole salad and even this cooked flat green beans and tomato side dish.

Overhead view of dried tomato powder.

We hope you’ve found this easy tutorial for how to make tomato powder at home helpful. Let us know in the comments below your favorite ways to use this versatile seasoning.

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Saturday 17th of September 2022

8 min in the air fryer at 200

Jane and Sonja

Monday 26th of September 2022

Thanks for tip! Good to know for those people with an air fryer. However, I have not tried making it in mine.

Penny Lund

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

I am fascinated with htis idea. WIsh I'd seen it earlie this summer. Would love some specific ideas on how you use this. I've seen a few ideas on other sites but am curious about more. I have just a few tomatoes left and am drying them now to make into a powder.

Jane and Sonja

Monday 1st of November 2021

Hi Penny! We particularly like to use it whenever we need a bit of color, in place of paprika or tomato paste. Ghoulash or a chicken sauce where you just want to have a warmer colour are great examples. Jane

Francesca Stafford

Saturday 17th of July 2021

How long will the powder last ?

Jane and Sonja

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Hi Francesca. Ours has been on the shelf for a year. As long as it's completely dried and you put it in a clean, sealed jar, it should last up to a year as with most spices. Hope that helps! Jane

Rita ofori

Monday 5th of July 2021

I'm a Ghanaian form West Africa. I must confess,these food will taste good. I will try one of these food one day.

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