We’ll show you how to put those tomato skins to use with this simple dried tomato powder seasoning recipe.
Making Dried Tomato Powder
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.
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.
How To Make Dried Tomato Powder
- 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.
More Recipes Using Fresh Tomatoes
For some other tasty ways to use fresh tomoatoes, 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.
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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.
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
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
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.