Why It Works
Rather than discard leftover tomato skins (from, say, your recent batch of coulis), we like dehydrating them in the microwave for a quick and easy tangy-sweet powder that's great for rimming cocktail glasses, sprinkling on fried food, pizza, pasta, or fresh mozzarella.
- Skins from 8 medium peeled tomatoes
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
Line a microwave-safe plate with a double layer of paper towels. Spread as many tomato skins on top as will fit in a single, non-overlapping layer (about 1/4 of skins). Microwave on high for 4 minutes, then continue in 20 second intervals until the skins are papery, dry, and crumble if pinched. Repeat with remaining skins.
Add skins, salt, and sugar to spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind until powdered. Store in an air-tight container.
Spice grinder or mortar and pestle