If you have a vine full of green tomatoes and an overnight frost just waiting to hit, I feel your pain. But you CAN pick and store those green tomatoes and enjoy them late into the fall or even early winter. Here's how!
The clock is ticking away on fall in Southern Ontario. Like sand through the hour glass, these are the days of the scraggy looking garden. The last dregs of tomatoes sit on the vines as green as can be but if you grab them before the frost hits you can ripen them inside your home and store them for the winter. I know. It's a tomato miracle.
If you, like me, want to hold onto the things in your garden for as long as possible.
Before really cold overnight temperatures hit, and definitely before the frost shows up, pick all of your unripe tomatoes.
How to store green tomatoes
- Place a single layer of them in a basket, crate or cardboard box.
- Place a sheet of newspaper over them.
- Put down one more layer (no more 'cause the bottom ones will bruise) of tomatoes.
- Many people suggest wrapping each tomato individually in newspaper or tissue paper but if you have more than a few tomatoes that might be a bit too time consuming.
- Bring them inside and store in a cool room.
Don't bother with trying to save the really shiny, waxy looking tomatoes. Green is fine. Completely immature and shiny is not.
Check on your tomatoes at least weekly. Some will ripen more quickly than others and some will up and rot on you.
The warmer the room, the more quickly they'll ripen.
If you leave them in a warm place like your kitchen counter for a couple of weeks, they'll be ripe and delicious in no time.