Bennett Manor Farms — Food Preservation Series

Three Simple Ways to Preserve Your Tomato Harvest Bi-Product

Use every part of the tomato with these no-waste ideas.

Krista Bennett
4 min readSep 20, 2022
Photo by Author, Krista Bennett

Last year we processed over 1,200 lbs. of tomatoes out of our garden, producing a significant quantity of Bi-Product.

This tomato bi-product still has a lot of rich tomato flavor, and I wanted to find a way to use it.

After experimenting, I found a few delicious ways to use this tomato Bi-product which you can incorporate into your spice cabinet.

If you want to make your life easier when canning and preserving, I recommend using a Kitchen Aid. I use the Vegetable Strainer attachment to make fresh tomato sauce when processing my harvest.

When using a Kitchen Aid, the bi-product of tomatoes when saucing is the pulp, seeds, and skin.

Tomato pulp photos by Author, 2021

Most people throw this mess out.

Before you do, give the following suggestions a try.

You won’t be disappointed.

Waste not, want not. ~ Richard Edwardes

Meat Rub

Place the tomato bi-product onto dehydrator trays. Don’t smash the pulp logs. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can do this in an oven on parchment paper on a baking tray.

Dehydrating is a slow moisture removal, so you want to set the temperature low, 200–250 degrees.

Dehydrating in a dehydrator takes about 4–6 hours. In the oven, it will take half that time.

Add peppers or onions to dehydrate with the tomato logs.

Tomato pulp logs ~ Add Peppers or Onion for extra flavor ~ Krista Bennett

Dehydrate until the pulp is crispy.



Krista Bennett

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