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Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Dried tomatoes in olive oil have exquisite flavor, and what a gift to give yourself in the stillness of winter. Plum or cherry tomatoes work best and the "putting up" should be done during gardening season when tomatoes are at peak flavor. They store beautifully for months. Use them diced as a sauce for pasta, in salads, and for antipasto

14

unblemished meaty plum tomatoes, washed and dried

3

cups

Colavita™ Red Wine vinegar

Two, 12-ounce jars and lids

8

fresh basil leaves

3

tablespoons

capers in salt, rinsed and diced

2

tablespoons

black peppercorns

2

teaspoons

fine sea salt

2

to 2 1/2 cups Colavita™ Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, as needed

1

Core and cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise.

2

Place the tomatoes cut side down in a dehydrator and dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Or place cut side down on wire racks set on baking sheets in a preheated 225ºF oven. Let dry until they have the texture of dried apricots. This may take a day or longer, depending on the size of the tomatoes.

3

Pour the wine vinegar into a large nonreactive saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes and blanch them for 1 minute. Remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and drain well. The vinegar acts as a preservative and gives added flavor to the tomatoes.

4

Layer the tomatoes into the sterilized jars, adding half the basil, capers, peppercorns, and salt to each jar. Slowly pour the olive oil into the jars, pressing down on the tomatoes slightly with a wooden spoon. Make sure that the tomatoes are completely submerged under the oil at all times, or they will be exposed to air and potential bacteria growth.

5

Cap the jars tightly and place them in a cool spot overnight. The next day, check the level of the oil and add more to the jars if the tomatoes are poking out of the oil. Check the jars two or three more times, adding more oil if necessary.

6

Recap the jars and store them in a cool place for 6 weeks before using. Refrigerate after opening and bring the tomatoes to room temperature before serving.

Servings: 1

Yield:

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Entire recipe (0.7 ounces).

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 5 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.

Amount Per Serving

Calories

41.03

Calories From Fat (13%)

5.52

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.62g

<1%

Saturated Fat 0.18g

<1%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 2736.72mg

114%

Potassium 181.91mg

5%

Total Carbohydrates 9.49g

3%

Fiber 3.48g

14%

Sugar 0.09g

 

Protein 1.64g

3%

Tips

MAKES TWO 12-OUNCE JARS