Green tomatoes - ripened?

berrybusyOctober 24, 2012

I know you're not supposed to can tomatoes from dead or frost killed vines. But on the other hand, when using fresh tomatoes, waiting a couple of days after picking can help ripen the tomatoes that ended up picked but just "weren't quite ready".


What do I do with all my "green" tomatoes that decided to ripen in this little heat wave that hit? A good third to half of my green tomatoes are showing decent color.

Can I use them for juice? Would they do for an acidified recipe, like salsa or a relish?

Should I just chuck them out in the field because there are way more than we could ever eat and I am getting heartily sick of seeing "red"?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dgkritch(Z8 OR)

Did the vines get frosted?
If not, you can still use them for canning.
If they were frosted, you can make stuff to freeze.

I ended up making a big batch of meatless spaghetti sauce to freeze with the last of mine. They were from vines that were "lightly frosted". I had them covered, but anywhere the vine touched the tarp, they were damaged. I chose to proceed as if they were from damaged vines. Picked ones that had even a hint of light green, pink blush and allowed them to ripen indoors.


    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 8:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Not to hijack this thread, and I too have heard not to can tomatoes from vines that have been frosted, but why not? The past few years I have taken the green tomatoes from the frosted vines and made Salsa. You can tell if the fruit themselves have been frozen, and not to use those, but why not the rest?


    Bookmark   October 26, 2012 at 12:20PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Future Leather Help
I made leather out of some super good tasting berry...
CA Kate
What to grind with?
I want to grind up some garlic and some onions to make...
Pressure canning jam?
Hi all -- Ok, I have to admit that I just hate BWB...
Cranberry Vinegar
Every few years I make a batch of cranberry vinegar...
CA Kate
New low fat way to make "creamy soup" !!!!!!
I got this from "Cooking Light" Most recipes...
Sponsored Products
Hopson U-Chaise Sectional - Key Largo Grass Green
Joybird Furniture
Uttermost Florian Green Glass Table Lamp
Beyond Stores
Queen Size 8-inch Dual Gel Memory Foam Futon Mattress
Jolo Green 18 x 18 Geometric Throw Pillow
$57.95 | Bellacor
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Artistic Weavers Rugs Forsythia Sage
$92.80 | Home Depot
Amare 72" Wall-Mounted Single Bathroom Vanity Set with Vessel Sink by Wyndham Co
Modern Bathroom
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™