If the traditional method sounds too time-consuming you can achieve the same results using an oven or microwave method or a dehydrator in a fraction of the time. And the best part about making them at home is how amazing they taste! The best thing about the oven-dried ones is they can be prepared pretty fast. Benefits of making sun-dried tomatoes at home: They may seem fancy or intimidating, but sun-dried tomatoes are actually super easy to make. How to Make Sun Dried Tomatoes (in the Sun, Oven or Dehydrator) We grow our own tomatoes every year and enjoy eating them fresh in salads, diced up for homemade canned tomatoes, transformed into our famous marinara sauce, spiced up in our restaurant-style salsa, made smooth and creamy in our perfect creamy tomato soup, and any other way we can think to use them. How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Oven. Why Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes at Home. Use them in pasta, chicken, shrimp, bread, pizza, dip and so many other recipes! Includes directions on how to make and freeze sun-dried tomatoes. Small jars of sun-dried tomatoes are notoriously expensive–and often loaded with salt.