Many years ago when Rick & I bought our first house, I was able to have a real garden of my own. It had perfect soil and I could grow whatever my little heart desired.
One thing that I had always wanted to grow was my own herbs. I hated the fact that the stuff I bought in stores tasted slightly more than nothing, and the color always seemed to be “off.” I wanted to be able to flavor my dishes with something more than salt, pepper and Lawry’s.
The only problem was, I needed a way to dry them. I knew I could put them in the oven or hang them, but neither idea appealed to me. So for Christmas one year my Mom bought me a Ronco Food Dehydrator. The. Best. Present. Ever.
Not only could I dry my oregano, chives and countless other herbs, but I could also make fresh apple and banana chips for the kids! Heck, if I was really ambitious I could make jerky (although I’ve never been that ambitious… ever).
That silly electrical piece of plastic was another notch in my belt in food preservation. And I worked the heck out of it! Until we moved to the Northwoods where it remained in storage for years due to the worst soil conditions on the planet.
This year I decided to dust it off and put it to use for something I’ve never made in my life.
Dehydrated tomatoes. I had seen a friend of mine post about doing this and thought “Why not? ” After canning 80 pounds of the stuff, I was starting to get a little burnt out with all the prep-work. Dehydrating them was less time consuming, and I wouldn’t be letting anything go to waste.
And the verdict? Yummers! What a flavor-packed piece of wonderfulness! When Nichole tried some this past weekend she was really surprised at how great they tasted, and she came up with a fantastic idea for a new food product: Chocolate covered tomatoes.
Because, naturally, everything is better with chocolate.