Now you can use the power of the sun to dehydrate your favorite foods! Our Solavore Sport solar oven works beautifully as a dehydrator.
With the Solavore Sport, it’s very easy to make a crispy tomato chip that has the perfect amount of flavor and crunch! These chips make a great snack all by themselves. Or, you can use them as a delicious addition to other foods.
Crumbled tomato chips add zing as a tasty topping for casseroles, like macaroni and cheese. Or, you can use them as condiment at the table to sprinkle over a baked potato, a bowl of soup, or any other favorite foods. Crispy tomato chips are simply sensational on grilled cheeseburgers. Simply add a couple of slices on top of the cheese while it’s melting to take your burger from “everyday” to “gourmet.”
- Garden fresh tomatoes
- 1 cup organic, virgin coconut oil
- Italian Seasoning (see Note below)
- Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Aluminum foil or wax paper
- Slice garden fresh tomatoes about 1/4" thick and place them in a large bowl.
- Gently warm coconut oil, just until it becomes a clear liquid.
- Pour coconut oil over the tomato slices a little at a time, and toss gently. Add more coconut oil until all the slices are lightly coated with oil. (The coconut oil helps the seasonings adhere to the tomatoes.)
- Carefully line the bottom of your Solavore oven with foil or wax paper. (This keeps the dehydrated tomato slices from sticking.)
- Place individual tomato slices on the foil in a single layer. Leave a little space between the slices for the air to circulate.
- Sprinkle the tomato slices with Italian Seasoning to taste. If desired, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place the Solavore oven in the sun. Prop the top of the cover open with a small piece of wood to create a narrow opening that will allow the humidity that forms inside the oven during the dehydration process to escape.
- Leave the Solavore in the sun for approximately 4 hours, or until the desired level of crispiness is achieved. (Dehydrating times will vary depending on the amount of sunlight and other environmental conditions.)
- If the tomato slices are still leathery after 4 hours, just leave them in the sun longer...unless you prefer tomato leather.
Note: You can use any commercial brand of Italian Seasoning, or make your own using the recipe below. Alternatively, substitute your favorite combination of herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, basil, etc.
Homemade Italian Seasoning
1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried marjoram
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried sage
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. Use immediately, or transfer into an airtight container and store for future use.
Yield: About 5 tsp.
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