How to Reconstitute Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes

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Sun-dried tomatoes are a great staple to give a quick flavor boost to recipes, but you will need to first reconstitute them.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes

What You Need

  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Heat-proof bowl
  • Strainer

Here's How

  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in heat-proof bowl.
  2. Completely cover with boiling water.
  3. Let sit for 30 minutes until soft and pliable.
  4. Drain and pat dry.


  • Reserve the soaking liquid to use in soups and sauces.
  • Refrigerate and use leftovers within three days or cover with oil and refrigerate and use within two weeks.
  • To reconstitute in oil, simply cover with a good-grade olive oil for 24 hours before using.
  • Sun-dried tomato oil may be reserved to use in salad dressings and pasta.