When the first cherry tomatoes started appearing in June, it was all I could to do hold on until they ripened on the 4th of July. Now -- hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of cherry tomatoes later my enthusiasm is beginning to wane. I just can't keep up.
Last night, I took several hundred of them, and popped them into the food dehydrator (after slicing them in half). Approximately eight hours later, we had a tiny jar of dried tomatoes. It hardly seems worth the effort. However, knowing that they will last well into the fall, when I can pop them into a pasta sauce or pasta salad, makes me wonder how many jars of these little gems I can fill before the frost kills the plants.