Sundried tomatoes in oil

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Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby Caroline » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:38 am

Hi everyone
Has anyone done sundried tomatoes in oil that can be kept on the shelf and not refrigerated. I have been drying my plum tomatoes in the oven - basted with herbs, garlic and olive oil - and they are wonderful - even if I say so myself :)
I gather that they can be kept in oil but have to be refrigerated. I've checked the net, and nobody seems to leave them on the shelf. I'm presuming it's because they haven't been processed? Anyone know? Has anyone processed with oil before??
Obviously you can buy sundried tomatoes in glass jars from the supermarket, so there must be a way to do it. I really quite fancy having mine up on display in my kitchen - and not have to put them in the fridge - where the oil goes cloudy anyway.
Thanks, Caroline

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby mallee11 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:41 am

I tried to keep some on the shelf not good so now I put a certain ammount in ziplock bags and freeze
I also tried processing them looked like reconstituted mush

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby minnie » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:32 pm

Hi Caroline,

I've had them in the fridge and find the same as for olives in straight olive oil, warm to room temp before serving or a mix of veg oil and olive oil they say is better, thought I'd try the mix of oils next time I marinate feta or chabecou as well.

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:49 pm

I agree with you Caroline, there has to be away to process these types of things in oil at home. However i have not as yet been able to do so safely. Awhile back I was making fetta cheese and was marinting this in oil with other ingredients but these were in the fridge items. I have tried semi dried tomatoes in oil and processed them to keep in the cupboard unfortunely during the process I found oil had seeped out of the jars into the water. I still left them on the shelf anyway but found the oil had caused the lids not to seal properly which affected the end product and I wasn't game enough to eat them so out they went. :(

Pity but there you go. I shall be very interested if anyone else hd had any better luck than I.

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby Mojojo » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:25 pm

I haven't done it either, but I did find this article, looks interesting, esp about the re-hydrating bit. No temp/pressure processing in it though.
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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby Glyn » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:36 pm

I dried a stack of tomatoes in a FV dehydrator - really dry and then packed them into a jar and covered them with oil, and those I have kept on the shelf since early Jan- so far so good, no fermenting and they taste fine- but very chewy, great for whipping into dips and things though.I don't know how long they will last, so I'm keeping a close eye on them - just one bubble and they're pasta sauce! I also tried to semi dried but those fermented even under oil.
Hope this helps

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby crustyo44 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:16 am

Sorry for being so late with my reply but I have just joined this forum.
I just wonder if Fowlers Vacola would have an answer on how to process and keep them without refrigeration. I imagine that they would have to be brought up to a certain temperature in Fowlers jars according to their instructions.
There must be a way of doing this as the shops are full of jars with these dried tomatoes/spice mix in oil.
Jan. Brisbane.

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby Hayhay » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:25 am

Hmmm I too have mine in the fridge as I wasn't sure about how they'd keep on shelf. I did dry them super dry (so they're too crunchy to eat on their own!!!) and left some just in a glad bag in the cupboard and after 1 year there was no mould.....but too stiff to eat!

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby mallee11 » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:05 pm

" Once opened, oil-packed dried tomatoes should be refrigerated and used within two weeks " This is what the reccomendation is for health safety
I do a lot of sundried tomato's in my solar drier and I don't mix a lot with oil ,just enough for a week the rest is frozen in ziplock bags and are edible within a few minutes of getting out of the freezer.

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Re: Sundried tomatoes in oil

Postby Heidi » Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:14 pm

Also, be careful when adding Garlic. I added garlic to my dehydrated tomatoes, then put in oil, THEN was cautioned about the dangers of doing this with garlic! I did end up throwing them out. There is a great article on this site about preserving with garlic.

And... the manual that came with my dehydrator suggests not to leave the tomatoes slightly moist, if they are to be put in oil, or they will not absorb the oil and remain crunchy.

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