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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

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)

Thought it would look nice in white.

Step 3: Prep the Screen.

Purchase or clean some old screen door mesh.

Step 4: Make Shelves

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

Step 5: Shrink Wrap.

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

Step 6: Fill It.

Find someone to full it full of fresh tomatoes!

Step 7: Sun Dry.

find a nice spot to catch some sun.
<p>Cool &amp; so practical too! :) </p>
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.
<p>I like the build. What foods do you usually put your dried tomatoes in? Or do you just snack on them?</p>
muy buena idea.<br>
<p>Insteresting, thanks for sharing. </p><p>How many days (average) you must wait?</p>
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.
<p>Good idea &amp; Perfect Machine .. :)</p>
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.
<p>What about bugs? No bugs crawling in the little hole in the top?</p>
<p>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?</p>
<p>I like how you used a tomato trellis to make it.</p>
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.
Great way to dry erb's thanks for the diy
<p>would it be possible to put a material that absorbs water on the bottom of this device to speed up the drying process?</p>
<p>Multi-level drying system! That's so awesome, and you gotta love the price point! Thanks for sharing!</p>

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