DIY and Craft

From Vine to Spice: Exploring the Wonders of Tomato Powder

February 7, 2024

A Family Tradition

For me, the journey of making tomato powder is more than just a culinary endeavor; it’s a connection to my roots and family heritage. I recall fond memories of my grandmother, who passed down her love for gardening and preserving the harvest. Her hands, weathered from years of tending to her garden, guide me as I embark on this journey.

Ingredients and Equipment:

Before we begin, gather the following ingredients and equipment:


  • Fresh tomatoes (preferably Roma tomatoes)
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder (optional)


  • Dehydrator
  • Blender or food processor
  • Airtight containers or jars for storage

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Tomatoes

  • Wash the fresh tomatoes thoroughly under running water.
  • Remove any stems or blemishes from the tomatoes.
  • Slice the tomatoes into evenly sized pieces, about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 2: Season the Tomato Slices

  • Lay out the tomato slices in a single layer on dehydrator trays.
  • Sprinkle the tomato slices with kosher salt and garlic powder if desired. This step adds flavor to the tomatoes as they dry.

Step 3: Dehydrate the Tomato Slices

  • Place the trays in the dehydrator according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Set the dehydrator to the appropriate temperature for drying tomatoes, usually around 135°F to 145°F (57°C to 63°C).
  • Allow the tomatoes to dehydrate for 8 to 12 hours, or until they are completely dry and brittle.

Step 4: Grind into Powder

  • Once the tomato slices are fully dehydrated, remove them from the dehydrator.
  • Allow the tomato slices to cool completely before transferring them to a blender or food processor.
  • Grind the dried tomato slices into a fine powder. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your blender or food processor.

Step 5: Store the Tomato Powder

  • Transfer the freshly ground tomato powder into airtight containers or jars for storage.
  • Store the tomato powder in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. It will remain fresh for several months to a year.

Tips and Serving Suggestions:

  • Use tomato powder as a flavorful seasoning for soups, sauces, stews, and marinades.
  • Mix tomato powder with water to create a quick and delicious tomato paste or sauce.
  • Sprinkle tomato powder over popcorn, roasted vegetables, or grilled meats for an added burst of flavor.
  • Experiment with different varieties of tomatoes to create unique blends of tomato powder.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully unlocked the magic of tomato powder from fresh tomatoes. With this versatile ingredient on hand, you’ll elevate your culinary creations to new heights of flavor and enjoymen

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