Friday, 14 October 2011

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

This is my all time favourite way to preserve tomatoes.  I do it every year without fail.  I love the way the slow roasting intensifies the sweet flavour of the fresh out of the garden tomatoes and then you've trapped that sweetness in a jar ready to brighten up the speediest of meals through the winter months.  They are always such a treat.

Before I started to eat seasonally I adored the flavour of sun dried and sun blushed tomatoes.  We don't have enough sun to do it here so this is the closest we can get to doing this locally and seasonally.  It works best with the freshest tomatoes and straight out of the garden is best.  It is also the most wonderful way to extend the tomato eating season well into winter when the main things growing outside are brassicas.  Actually slow roasted tomatoes compliment food like cabbage, kohl rabi, turnip greens absolutely perfectly.


12 tomatoes / 500g will fill a standard jam jar
Balsamic Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Rapeseed Oil


1.  Cut your tomatoes in half (about 12 tomatoes or 500g will be sufficient for a typical jam jar)  
2.  Lay them on the grill tray cut side up and put the oven on the lowest temp the oven has (my oven's lowest temp is 80 degrees C).
3.  Then leave them in the oven checking progress about once an hour.  They take about 6 - 8 hours to fully dry.  When they are ready they are still a little plump and firm to the touch  (not completely dried out and hard or soft and squashy)
4.  Allow the tomatoes to cool
5.  Then put them in a dish with a little vinegar (about 50% white vinegar / 50% balsamic).  This should be enough vinegar to just cover the tomatoes
6.  After about 15 mintues they are ready to be packed into their jar.  Pour in the tomatoes with the vinegar and pour enough oil to completely cover the tomatoes.
7.  Seal the jars - I do this by placing the jars in a bath of simmering water for 20 minutes.  There are other methods and a good preserving cook book will offer a variety of methods.
8.  Label your jars.  Store in your food cupboard for up to 4 months and once you open a jar, store in the fridge and consume within a month.

1 comment:

  1. One of my favourite preserves too! Such a treat wiht pizzas, pasta, salads, sandwiches - anything really. I like to cook with the flavoursome oil once the tomatoes have all been finished up too. Delicious.