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Can you believe you can actually MAKE these in your microwave? Since I don't know how to do canning, this is a great way to preserve tomatoes from the garden.
- Rinse the tomatoes. Cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and centers with a small spoon.
- Place the tomato halves, cut side down, on a plate large enough to hold them in 1 uncrowded layer. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 15 minutes.
- Pour off any excess liquid. With a spatula, gently turn the tomatoes over, patting the pulp back into the skins as you turn.
- Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 10-15 minutes more, depending on the size of the tomatoes, or until they have completely collapsed and are dried out but still supple.
- Remove from the microwave and let stand 30 minutes without disturbing.
- Lift the tomatoes off the plate and use right away or store in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator.
- After 2 days, seal tightly and return the bag to the refrigerator. The dried tomatoes will keep indefinitely.
- Note: Don't worry if the tomatoes seem collapsed beyond hope after the first 15 minutes. When they dry out more and cool off, their shape returns.