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old sun dried tomatoes

Rheta May 19, 2010 11:40 AM

I just found some sun dried tomatoes in my fridge that I bought back in December or January. Daughter wanted them for a recipe but ended up not making it. Proceeded to forget they were there. They are the kind that come from the produce section of the market and are not in oil. Are these still usable? Thanks.

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    sparkareno RE: Rheta May 19, 2010 11:44 AM

    try rehydrating them in hot/boiling water.

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      bushwickgirl RE: sparkareno May 19, 2010 12:02 PM

      Absolutely, just do what sparkareno wrote. After rehydratng, store in olive oil.

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        Rheta RE: bushwickgirl May 19, 2010 08:28 PM

        Thanks for the answers sparkareno and bushwickgirl! Now, can you give me ideas on how I can use these sun dried tomatoes? Thanks.

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          bushwickgirl RE: Rheta May 20, 2010 01:36 AM

          There are a bunch of threads on this subject, one recently that got many good usage responses:


          If you plan to rehydrate and store in oil more tomatoes than you can use in a week to 10 days, please read this PDF article from the FDA regarding proper storage of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil. Scroll down to "THE U. C. DAVIS METHOD FOR PACKING DRIED TOMATOES IN OIL, for safe handling techniques. Essentially the article calls for acidulating the tomatoes:


          I meant to pass this info along to you in my other post, just to err on the side of caution, but I couldn't find the link. This only has to do with tomatoes stored in oil. Rehydrating and using just what you need for a recipe may be a better way of handling them, but with a simple step outlined in the PDF they can be stored in oil without issue.

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            Rheta RE: bushwickgirl May 23, 2010 09:08 AM

            Thank you bushwickgirl. This is very helpful!

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              bushwickgirl RE: Rheta May 23, 2010 09:29 AM

              You're welcome.

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