I agree with Zerrin. Tomatoes in summer, delicious, juicy, fragrant; tomatoes in winter – ugh bland, tasteless, not worth buying. I have used canned tomatoes and still will use them, but I’ve found a really good alternative in sundried tomatoes. Sundried tomatoes will add the texture and the taste without the added water or liquid. They also don’t break down in your cooking when you use them. Plus they have all that lycopene goodness, 12 times the amount in a regular tomato. Yummy goodness!
My sister in law made her own dried tomatoes using a dehydrator this summer and stores bags of them in the freezer. Our tomatoes didn’t do as well, so no dehydrating for us (we also don’t own a dehydrator – on the list). I was sent some Bella Sun Luci sundried tomatoes and I love them. There are both the reclosable zip packs and the jars with olive oil coated sundried tomatoes. In my eggs I usually use the sundried tomatoes with the tomatoes and basil, or the julienned cut. I made some delicious eggs that had peppers, onions, sundried tomatoes, and at the end I threw in some avocado. That was really scrumptious.
I recently brought meatballs in a crockpot to a gathering and along I threw in some julienned tomatoes in italian herbs (in olive oil). These tomatoes didn’t break down after simmering, so there were nice extra flavorful bursts of tomato in the sauce. These tomatoes didn’t lose any flavor or add extra water to the sauce. They had a nice chewy texture and were delicious.
When there’s only two of you, it’s nice to have those sundried tomatoes around to throw into your dish without having to open a can, or the keep flavorless (you know they are when they travel so far) bland tomatoes in your drawer that you know you don’t want to use. If I have enough tomatoes this summer, it might be worth it to invest in a dehydrator, but for this winter, Bella Sun Luci will do very well for me.
Disclosure: I was given sundried tomatoes to review. This was not a paid review. The opinion expressed is my own.
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