Last night the tomatoes and okra were done so I put them in jars and vacuum sealed them.
I’ve freeze dried tomatoes along with jalapeno, onions and cilantro to make pico but I don’t think I’ve ever freeze dried tomatoes by themselves. These are all out of my garden (except some of the okra came from a friend’s garden).
Those tomatoes taste like tomato flavored candy! They are so sweet and so good. I’d be happy to eat those in place of a potato chip or candy.
A lot of freeze drying folks will put their tomatoes into a blender and make a powder, then add that to food. I’m not doing that because I’m thinking if I ever needed food, I’d rather munch on a freeze dried tomato chunk than on a spoonful of tomato powder. If a recipe I’m making would be better with tomato powder, I can always dump the contents of one jar in the blender, then use it.
I ended up with five 1-1/2 pint jars of tomatoes; two quarts and two pints of oka.
Freeze dried food doesn’t really take up a whole lot less volume . . some but not a tremendous amount less than fresh but it weighs substantially less. My guess is that it takes about 2-1/2 pounds of fresh tomatoes to fill a 1-1/2 pint jar and that same amount of tomatoes freeze dried probably weighs less than 6 oz.
All I did with these was cut them up. Left the seeds in, left the skin on. I put them in a colander for about an hour to let some of the liquid drain out, then spread them on the freeze dryer trays and let the machine do its magic. Love those tomatoes. Heck, I don’t even mind eating the okra freeze dried either. It’s a tasty, crunchy little snack too.