Gardening: How To Ripen Green Tomatoes

It’s not rocket science, but I was on the hunt to ripen my green tomatoes (besides the thought of frying or grilling them).

While searching, I came across this site showing you ‘How to Ripen Green Tomatoes.’  Maybe you were like me and finally got tomatoes after all your had work and persistence…in the fall.  The guy at the nursery said it was a possibility, and happily it happened.  Sadly, they were holding tight and wanting to turn red, but the sun just wasn’t enough.  Be strong little root!  The freezes were coming and I was not about to let them go to the composter, especially after going out daily to fight for their lives against those cursed cucumber beetles.  In case you didn’t catch my post on growing your own garden, I name all my plants/herb/veggies so there was no chance of leaving Tommy to die.

how to ripen your green tomatoes

First, you are supposed to cut them from the vine, not pull them with the help of a 2-year old, then carefully wrap them in tissue paper or newspaper and put them in a old shoebox.  Next, find a cool spot on the counter and wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Then voilà, you have a red tomato!

how to ripen your green tomatoes

We did have two that turned instantly, which was exciting.  Lucky for me I was able to snap a picture before Emma gobbled the whole thing up in 2 seconds flat!  I’m still waiting on the others, but it feels good to know they won’t totally go to waste…fingers crossed.

growing your own tomatoes

I’ve also been doing some research on how to save my own seeds.  I bought an Heirloom plant, which means they are original tomato seeds, not contaminated by Monsanto, so I want to keep them around for a long while.  I figure while waiting for them turn, it will buy me some time to find the best option.

Now you tell me.  Were you successful in having a garden this year?  Is your New Year’s resolution to grow your own in the spring?  Mine is and I can’t wait to get this ball rolling!  Don’t worry, I’ll take you on this journey with me, through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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