Storage Tips: When storing sundried tomatoes it is important that the product is exposed to the least amount of air possible. It is better if you use a jar with a tight lid, but if you only have a plastic bag, make sure to squeeze out the excess of air before putting it in the refrigerator. This way, dried tomatoes can last more than a year and a half. It is important to know that if you add white vinegar and olive oil to the jar or the bag where the tomatoes are kept, they will be conserved only for a couple of months, and if you add garlic and other herbs to the mix it will only be edible during the next week.
Usage Ideas: There are numerous ways to include sun dried tomatoes in your meals, but before using them it is recommended to rinse them under water, then cover them with olive oil and store them in the refrigerator for a day.
Sun dried tomatoes are great as entrees with melted mozzarella cheese over bread or in a dip with cream cheese spread over crackers. In main meals, sundried tomatoes are delicious in italian dishes like pasta or pizza, but are also wonderful in salads, sandwiches and chicken recipes.
After using the tomatoes, the remaining oil can be used to make salad dressings.
Fun Facts: The tomato is original from Mexico. The Aztecs used this fruit in both of its forms, fresh and dried. They salted and sun dried in order to store them.