Rescued tomatoes – Ripening

Q: Now that I have rescued my large green tomatoes from the coming frost, what now? How do I ensure that they will continue to ripen?

A: If a tomato has just a bit of pink showing on the blossom end, it is capable of ripening fully.

If you have a lot of “pinkies”, wrap some in newspaper and store in a cool place. Put a few of the pinkest ones on the kitchen windowsill to finish ripening.

If the tomato has no hint of pink, cut it into quarter-inch slices, dredge each one in seasoned corn meal and fry in bacon drippings for a true Southern treat.

Alternatively, you could have rescued them like my mother does. She pulls the vines and hangs them, fruit and all, on coathangers arranged before the windows in her garage. She has tomatoes until December!

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