Normally, they would have been nicely dried by early this morning. But instead of being in a 150F oven overnight, they were in a cold oven. Not even the light turned on to make the oven a little warmer. And the kitchen window was open so the kitchen was nice and cool (cough) this morning – around 16C.
I don’t know when or how the oven was turned off… here is our conversation around 10:00 this morning:
Me: Augh!!! The tomatoes are still in the oven!!
T: I’m glad you remembered! I hope they aren’t overdone!
Me: ummm… nope. The oven is off.
T: I didn’t turn it off!
Me: Neither did I…
The Cat: meow
Well there’s the mystery solved.
It was the cat!
(Please, I beg you, don’t start humming “Carefully on tiptoe stealing” from HMS Pinafore.)
This is the second batch of plum tomatoes we’ve dried this September. We love eating these jewels of late summer in mid-winter when we’re shivering and it’s dull and grey. Their flavour is wonderfully intense and raisin-like. They’re great cut up and thrown into pasta, or in bacon wrapped chicken logs.
And now, after reading Kalyn’s (Kalyn’s Kitchen) recipe for Baked Chicken Stuffed with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Basil, and Goat Cheese, I might have to go and buy MORE plum tomatoes!
edit 23 September 2006 @ 00:12:47 EDT:
They were done at last by the late afternoon. As you can see, they shrink even more. In fact, this jar also contains the first batch of tomatoes that we oven-dried this year; there are now close to 3 dozen plum tomatoes in this jar.
Hmmm, I wonder if that will be enough to get us through the winter….
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