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How to Make Tomato Powder from Tomato Skins

Learn how to make tomato powder from tomato skins to create a tasty flavoring powder you can add to recipes or sprinkle on food.
Prep Time15 mins
Dehydrating Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Seasoning Blends, Tomato Powder
Servings: 2 oz
Author: Mary's Nest


  • Stockpot
  • Dehydrator or Oven
  • Silicon mats or fruit leather trays, optional
  • Parchment paper, optional


  • 48 medium Plum tomatoes You can use any tomato, but I prefer Italian plum tomatoes.


  • Blanch tomatoes six at a time in boiling water for 30-60 seconds until the skins split and begin to pull away from the flesh of the tomato. (See video.)
  • Submerge each batch of blanched tomatoes into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
  • Remove the cooled tomatoes from the ice water and peel the skin from the flesh of the tomato.
  • Set the skinless tomatoes aside to be used for another purpose. (I made marinara sauce with mine.)

Instructions for Drying Tomato Skins in the Dehydrator

  • Place the tomato skins in a single layer on a silicon-lined dehydrator tray or a dehydrator fruit leather tray.
  • Once you have placed all the skins on dehydrator trays, put the trays into the dehydrator and set the temperature to 135°F. Set the timer for 6 hours.
  • After 1 hour, check the tomato skins to ensure that none are sticking to the dehydrator trays. If any skins are sticking to the trays, simply loosen them.
  • After 6 hours, check the skins to ensure that they have dried to a crisp. (See video.) It is essential to make sure that the skins are completely dry.

Instructions for Drying Tomato Skins in the Oven

  • Place the tomato skins in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet pan.
  • Once all the skins have been placed on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet pan, put the pan on an oven rack.
  • Set the oven temperature to its lowest setting.
  • The lowest setting of your oven will determine how long it will take to dry the tomato skins. The warmer the oven, the faster the tomato skins will dry. Drying time may vary from 2-5 hours.
  • Watch the drying process closely. If any of the tomato skins begin to stick to the parchment paper, loosen them.
  • Periodically during the drying time, shake the pans to redistribute the tomato skins to make sure they dry evenly.
  • Once the tomato skins have dried to a crisp, move on to the next step to make your tomato powder. But before starting the grinding process, make sure the skins are completely dry.

How to Make Tomato Powder from Dried Tomato Skins

  • Pulverize the dried skins to the consistency you like. I pulverized the dried skins for approximately 30-60 seconds in a spice grinder to achieve the consistency of a finely ground powder. (See video.)
  • Store the tomato powder in an airtight jar in a cool dark pantry or cupboard. It should retain its tomato flavor for about 3-6 months.



Find this recipe, video, and more ideas on how to use tomato powder at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-tomato-powder/
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