tomato peelusually discarded when peeling tomatoes
Making tomato powder or tomato dust is perhaps the simplest of recipes as you only need just one ingredient – tomatoes!
But, home-made tomato dust or powder is a handy thing to have around the kitchen and it just tastes so much better than anything you can buy at the grocery store. I use it as simple decoration sprinkled on the rim of plates or dust a little on top of the Mascarpone that I like to top a creamy pasta with or to sprinkle on a savory souffle.
How to make tomato powder from skins at home
- Gather the tomato skins (optionally, use the tomato juice for this delicious recipe).
- Spread out the tomato peels on a baking paper lined sheet pan, or rack and dry in an oven at 80 C (175 F) for approximately 2 hours, until the tomato skins are completely dry and crisp.
- Place the crisp tomato peel into a coffee grinder or blender and turn it into a fine dust.
- Store in a dry shaker for usage anytime when needed.
The same process can be applied to slivers of beetroot or carrots, citrus peel (peel only, all the white pith needs to be removed) and slivers of sweet potatoes to achieve different flavors and colors.