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It seems Winter is arriving early in the mountains. We had a feeling it would since the trees started to turn early and the weather started cooling down earlier then we remember in recent years.
So, it wasn’t too surprising when we got the forecast of overnight freezing temperatures a couple weeks ago. However, we still had well over a hundred green tomatoes on our plants that we knew wouldn’t make it through the frost.
I knew we’d have to pick them, but really wanted to ripen them since they are so incredibly flavorful (they make the tomatoes at the grocery store taste like cardboard).
That’s when I discovered a simple way to ripen green tomatoes off the vine. I know most people put their tomatoes on a windowsill in the sun to ripen them. Unfortunately that causes the skin to become tough.
A much simpler and more effective way to ripen green tomatoes is to simply place them in a brown paper bag and close the bag up. You can check them after a few days and see if any have ripened.
What I love about this method is that they still ripen at different times, so you have tomatoes to use over time. Kaylee has discovered the ripening tomatoes in the paper bag and regularly helps herself to all of the red tomatoes before they can be used for meals, but at least I know she’s eating a healthy snack!
If you still have green tomatoes on the vine and you have a cold weather forecast like us, give this method of ripening green tomatoes a try.