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Green tomatoes
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bill b va    Posted 10-03-2003 at 07:46:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

any suggestions to ripen tomatoes that have been pulled green ? i lisnened to the weather guessers last night and pulled about 3/4 bushel most of which are saucer size .( beef steak & german pink ) . we were supposed to have a hard freeze here in the northern shenandoah valley last night .i just checked my garden and it does't appear to be any damage . my ky wonder pole beans that i let grow up a plastic netting look like a high fence covered with honey suckle/ morning glorys . wife picked about a bushel and they are still full of small one and blooming .she likes standing up picking beans . i covered my 30 late tomatoes that are just starting to show color

T.W.S.    Posted 10-03-2003 at 20:30:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill, We must live fairly close as I am in eastern WV near the Shenandoah Valley. I have been told that putting tomatoes in a bag with ripe apples will cause them to ripen. The apples give off a gas that is the same as the gasses that the produce companies use to ripen tomatoes in a closed enviroment. We never store tomatoes and apples together.

Ron,Ar    Posted 10-03-2003 at 17:15:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shoot bill, I figured you would know all about that cooking stuff, after all the advice you handed out about baking cookies and such. Have you asked Lenore what you should do with those green tomatoes?

(sorry, just couldn't resist it)

~Lenore    Posted 10-03-2003 at 20:43:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

hehehe, Ron....
No, he did not.
I wonder why? ;-)
Think he is concerned of what I might suggest....?

hay    Posted 10-03-2003 at 13:26:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
green tomatoes can be ripened by putting them in the house and covering with newspaper or a towel to keep them dark. they usually wil start to ripen in a few days. i had some i pulled on thanksgiving day a few years ago and covered them and had ripe tomatoes all the way until christmas. it is best to pull the ones that have a slight color on the bottom, but the green ones will ripen also. just takes a little longer.

bob ny    Posted 10-03-2003 at 08:34:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
we have done this for years it realy works just don't handle the tomatoes rough as they will rot where you bruise them also check them regulary for ripening and bad ones

Tom A    Posted 10-03-2003 at 07:55:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
According to some old timers here, if you wrap them individually in a sheet of newspaper each and pack them all in a box in fairly cool place, they'll very slowly ripen and provide you tomatoes thru till early winter.

I hadn't tried it yet, but planned to this year. If you do, pls let everyone know if it is balogna or not.


bill b va    Posted 10-03-2003 at 13:30:33       [Reply]  [No Email]

i have heard of this method but have never tried it . will give it a try see what happens along with any other suggestions i may get . will post results . a few years ago i heard you could pull up the vines with the tomatoes on the vine and hang them up side down to ripen . i tried this in my basement and all i got was shriveled green tomatoes and vines .i think the basement was too warm and dry .

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