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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In the garden: How to Ripen Green Tomatoes




Fall is here in Michigan.   The leaves are turning their beautiful colors and falling at the same time it seems.
So beautiful, that I have to say this is my favorite time of year, well until Spring.

The fall chores though are pressing to get done before winter sets in so I've started cleaning the garden.   I began by taking down all 50 tomato cages.   I stack them all together and try to get them in the shed neatly. Not a easy job.   In the midst of the work though I found joy- some green and almost ripe tomatoes. Enough to keep us in fresh tomatoes for a few weeks!

Here is how I ripen my almost ripe and green tomatoes:


For the ones that are almost ripe on sit them on my window sill.




For the ones that have just a little red or that are totally green I wrap them individually in newspapers and put them in a basket.


I place the ones that are very green at the bottom and then the ones that look like they are starting to ripen on the top.  I place the basket in a cool place and check it often.



This has worked great for me for a long time.   How do you ripen your green tomatoes?



This post has been linked to Create it Thursday at Lamberts Lately, The HomeAcre Hop at Our Simple Homestead.