"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Uses for tomato powder

One of my readers, Sol, asked me to give some idea's for using the tomato powder I blogged about at the beginning of June.   Well, Sol, here they are :)
Use the left-over tomato skins from your
preserved tomatoes to make tomato powder /flakes
  • Baking (think biscuits, scones and buns / rolls - not cakes)
  • In dry rubs
  • Add to soup
  • Sprinkle on stir fries
  • As an ingredient in homemade noodles
  • An ingredient in barbecue and other savoury sauces
  • In pizza dough (or on the pizza itself)
  • Sprinkle over salads - green salads, pasta salads, guacamole
I’ll just add it to my soups, stews and stocks and curries — but, in fact, you can add it anywhere tomato is welcome ~ steaks, chicken, pasta, pizza, and garlic bread. 

It also makes a stunning garnish for all manner of dishes — stuffed eggs, hummus and creamed cheese. And adding it to garlic butter will give it a rosy tinge and appearance :)  You can even rim the edge of a cocktail glass with tomato powder.

Only your imagination limits you :)

Don't forget - if you'd like to score some piquanté pepper seeds which I am giving away, please leave a comment on

http://ecofootprintsa.blogspot.com/2014/06/preserving-piquante-peppers-and-give.html before 6.00p.m. on 30 June 2014


Sol said...

wow I just never would have thought about that. so I could maybe use it as puree substitute? beef bourguinon?

Quinn said...

I remember when you did this, Dani - what a good idea! I like to try to make the most of things, but I never thought of drying tomato skins.
Usually any sort of peel or rind goes to either the goats or the hens - usually the hens. The hens have great enthusiasm for "leftover" bits, and they turn them into organic eggs for me. I'm getting the better deal, I think!

1st Man said...

One word. Brilliant! If we don't get enough tomatoes to can this first gardening year, I'm definitely doing this! Thank you!

Harry Flashman said...

I'm going to try to find some at the store and give it a try. I wouldn't be any good at making it, but I bet they have it in the grocery store.

Dani said...

Sol - It's uses are only limited by your imagination :)

Dani said...

Quinn - Absolutely - whatever can be fed to your animals / fowls, the better their diet :)

But, perhaps, you could put aside some skins to make tomato powder?

Dani said...

1st Man - You're welcome :) But, I'm sure you'll be able to can some tomatoes, and, after all, the skin, which you normally throw away, is what you'd used for the powder :)

Dani said...

Harry - I've never seen it here - would be interesting to know if it's available there :)

Sol said...

I went up and down the ethnic aisle at lunch today to see if I can see it. My Greek friend thought this was amazing and she had never heard of it. and my Italian friend said she hadn't either. I live in an Italian immigrant pocket and it isn't in the deli here either.

Dani said...

Sol - Just another reason not to waste the tomato skins that go through your kitchen ;)

Bill said...

Thanks for sharing this. It looks like we're going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year and I like this idea for how to make good use of the skins. We've never done it before but I'm looking forward to it!

Dani said...

Bill - You're very welcome :) Trust me - it's easy-peasy. The hardest part is waiting for the tomato skins to dry...

JaneofVirginia said...

Thanks so much for this. I bought some tomato powder which is organic from Augason Farms, and it sits because I haven't been sure as to what to do with it. This helps a lot !

Dani said...

Jane - Always glad to be of assistance :)