Introduction: Easy Tomato Drying Rack.

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Need a quick tomato drying rack? I grow tomatoes and found myself with a lot of tomatoes, so many that I wasn't using them fast enough. I happen to love sun dried tomatoes and chili's and decided I would throw together a quick drying rack. This is what I came up with from things I had around the house.

Step 1: Secure Tomato Cages Together

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Using larger zip ties I attached all the vertical rods on two tomato cages together with the rings offset enough to make several layers.

Step 2: Paint (optional)

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Thought it would look nice in white.

Step 3: Prep the Screen.

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Purchase or clean some old screen door mesh.

Step 4: Make Shelves

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Cut the screen to fit the rings. Using zip ties secure the mesh to the layers.

Step 5: Shrink Wrap.

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I wrapped the cages to to bottom leaving one slit down the side to access the shelves.

Step 6: Fill It.

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Find someone to full it full of fresh tomatoes!

Step 7: Sun Dry.

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find a nice spot to catch some sun.


SophiesFoodieFiles (author)2015-06-08

Cool & so practical too! :)

samsat6000 (author)2015-03-30

altaurone (author)2014-09-29

I love snacking on them, the tomatoes lucky enough to avoid that go into bruschetta, pastas or baked onto bread. I have purchased it in powdered form for cooking and may eventually make some. I like to make chili powder from the Bhut Jolokia chili's on the bottom rack.

mountainmasha (author)2014-09-28

I like the build. What foods do you usually put your dried tomatoes in? Or do you just snack on them?

mivaca83 (author)2014-09-17

muy buena idea.

rimar2000 (author)2014-09-07

Insteresting, thanks for sharing.

How many days (average) you must wait?

nice. I'll try your version. ha! I heard bugs don't bother them too.....false. I tossed a whole tray bc flies found a way under my cheesecloth.

pat.sing.18 (author)2014-09-09

Good idea & Perfect Machine .. :)

altaurone (author)2014-09-08

The plastic wrap was to help keep it hot inside as well as clean, as for the bugs, they don't seem to be interested in them.

bosstone75 (author)2014-09-08

What about bugs? No bugs crawling in the little hole in the top?

mnmama (author)2014-09-08

Pretty creative. Question: Why did you use plastic to wrap the outside? If you used screening, wouldn't that keep the bugs away and allow better air circulation, or do you need a greenhouse thing going on to raise the temperature inside?

JON-A-TRON (author)2014-09-08

I like how you used a tomato trellis to make it.

altaurone (author)2014-09-07

Thanks for the comments! It only took two days with good sun, and quarter inch slices. I cover them in a little salt and pepper.

IT-BY-TRADE (author)2014-09-07

Great way to dry erb's thanks for the diy

baecker03 (author)2014-09-07

would it be possible to put a material that absorbs water on the bottom of this device to speed up the drying process?

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-07

Multi-level drying system! That's so awesome, and you gotta love the price point! Thanks for sharing!

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