Any ideas on what I can do with them? I hate for them to go to waste! I barely had any good reds fit for canning, what a disappointing year! But now that we have had some rain and temps under 100 degrees, my plants are loaded with greens. I literally have hundreds of big plump green tomatoes that will never have time to ripen before a frost. Actually our average first frost date is tomorrow ;)
If your tomatoes are large enough (especially if they have begun to turn whitish) you can pull your plants up with the roots and hang them upside down in a garage, barn, whatever, and the tomatoes will ripen. If you can't do that, I've layered them in brown paper bags and left them in a cool room in the house and almost all of them ripened. You have to keep checking them so you can pick out any that may go bad. And if there are too many, there's always green tomato relish.
Thanks so much for your ideas! I already have a couple hanging in the garage. My hubby will be thrilled, there's dirt everywhere LOL! They touch the floor they are so huge! I am also gonna try the paper bag idea. About how many do you put per bag? Miss Lady bug, I have never tried pickled green tomatoes, but I plan too! I'd already been looking for canning recipes. I think I'll try yours and a relish recipe I found Thanks!
That should put a dent in them, but I will still have plenty! Maybe I can freeze them?
I put three layers of tomatoes if they're medium size and two if they are large. I put brown paper or newspaper between the layers. My mom used to wash her ripe tomatoes, dry them, and put them in freezer bags in the freezer. She said that when she took them out to use in recipes, the skins would split as they thawed so it was easy to remove the skins. I never tried it but she loved it because she was "getting too old for all that canning" :-}
I thought my garden was completely done when I picked everything clean last week - I just haven't cleared out the old plants and tilled for the winter yet.
Then we had a light frost a couple of nights ago, enough to freeze and wither my tomato plants - and I could see a bunch of small green tomatoes that had been hidden by the foliage and weren't damaged by the cold. Another picking, and I fried the LAST of this year's green tomatoes for tonight's supper. GOOD!
We have an electric stove in the kitchen, and I've found it's better to fry tomatoes on the side burner of our gas barbecue outdoors. I have a big cast iron camping skillet, and I fry the 'maters in peanut oil after my wife breads the slices with flour and a little corn meal. I don't know how hot I get that skillet on the gas burner, but it's a lot hotter than I can achieve on the electric stove indoors. The tomatoes and other fried foods absorb very little oil when fried at high temperature - I had about as much peanut oil left in the skillet when I was done as when I started.
I often pick tomatoes green before the frost hits them, then store them in a cool dark place laid out on newspaper, and covered with a single sheet of news paper, Many will ripen slowly, and give you a better product that what you can get in the store. We often have tomatoes until the middle of December this way.
I have seen others recommend wrapping each in a layer of newspaper, and storing in a cool place, but I have not tried this.