Yes you too can have tomatoes from your garden all the way to Thanksgiving and beyond! It takes a bit of time and work but it is very easy. After a freeze has hit or you yanked your tomato plants, your green tomatoes can live on.
I should have written this post 2 months ago. I am sorry. Just remember for next year!
So here is what you need:
Collect newspapers and a few boxes.
Collect all your green tomatoes from your plants.
Put on a movie or series or a baseball game.
Now wrap all your green tomatoes in the newspaper and place in the box. I don’t go more than 2 layers per box. Put on top the ones that have a hint of color. That’s it!
Every week check your boxes for ripe ones. Sure they don’t taste as sweet as the tomatoes in August and September but I think they taste better than the tomatoes from the store.
If a bunch all ripen the same time, you have the makings for a nice sauce.
I segregate my tomatoes wrapped by their type. All my Romas go in one box, all my slicers in another.
Some years my tomatoes ripen nicely on the plant but other years like this one I have lots of green tomatoes. I just can’t let a potentially good tomato end up in the compost!
I know it is tomato-wrapping season when the Baseball playoffs start. It is my tradition. The effort spent yields me fresh tomatoes until Thanksgiving and like this year into December! The sauce I can make is just an extra bonus.
Do you enjoy a late season of fresh tomatoes?