from July 1986 "Drying Times"

by Barb Moody

Surprisingly, that's a question we are often asked and it's one we love to answer. Dried tomatoes are extremely versatile. They are delicious just eaten out of hand. Since drying concentrates the flavor, they are very sweet and tangy.

Dried tomatoes are wonderful when crumbled and added to salads. They will absorb some of the dressing and soften to a chewy consistency. Their bright red color will add eye appeal to any salad.

Add dried tomatoes to your soups and stews. They will reconstitute nicely but will not disintegrate in cooking.

Soak dried tomatoes in oil and vinegar. Add onions and herbs and chopped celery. Spoon this over cold brown rice for a unique summer salad.

For a new twist to grilled cheese sandwiches, chop dried tomatoes and mix with grated cheddar cheese. Spread on rye bread and broil until cheese is melted.