I have known many people over the years that wrap their green tomatoes in newspaper at the end of the growing season. Some folks enjoy ripe red tomatoes as late as Christmas time. This year I finally got around to trying this for the first time, and it works! Sometimes I think people will think I'm silly for getting excited over a tried and true practice. But when I try something for the first time, and it works, I think it's exciting. It's even better when it involves something that tastes good, like ripe tomatoes.
These are the last of our tomatoes for the season, picked
right before the first frost on November 2nd. I wrapped each one in newspaper and put
them on a shelf in a dark corner with the canned goods.
I didn't know how long it would take for them to ripen, and I figured it was time to check them out. So I did, 11 days later on November 13th. Ta-da! Two beautiful, ripe tomatoes.
I did find one that was rotten and leaking through the newspaper, but it is the only one I found. I was glad for that.
There were two more that are ripening nicely. I'm guessing they will be ready sometime next week.
If we can get two nice ripe tomatoes each week for a while, that will be a welcome treat. For those of you that haven't tried this yet, like me, try it. It works! For those of you that have used this technique before, please share any words of wisdom that will help the rest of us. Learning and experimenting with things that increase the food on our table is invaluable at this time. It puts just a few more nuggets of knowledge in our pockets and on our table.
Until next time - Fern