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bumblebee
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:24 am    Post subject: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Forecast says freezing tonight so I picked about a hundred small what I call pear tomatoes. They are at the size that they ripen but are still green. Does anyone have any suggestions for helping them to ripen? My wife thinks I am wasting my time, help me to prove her wrong!

Sweetfeet, if I am wrong let me know.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:27 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Just lay them out on a table or counter top. They will ripen just fine.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi, lay them out. Cover with paper, as they ripen they give off a gas that causes them all to ripen. (The paper traps the gas). Same as other fruit like peaches, pears, etc. Ed Will, orchardist. Oliver BC
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Place a few of your tomatoes in a paper bag with a apple. The natural gas given off by the Apple will cause your tomato to blush red. Try this as an experiment, and let us know how it works. Should take only two or three days
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You can also pull up the plant by the roots, and hang it upside down in the garage or somewhere that doesn't freeze. Tomatoes have to have turned a little yellowish (not still deep green) in order to ripen. Only problem is, as you go into winter, the tomatoes will be increasingly sour when ripe. At some point, you won't want to eat them anymore, and its time to take the plant down and put it on the compost pile.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Fried green tomatoes.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mom always set them in the kitchen window sill that the sun hits them.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Should be mentioned that not all of them will ripen before they go bad.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Then throw the tomatoes away and eat the apple.

That's one of the few ways I take after my father. He'd drink tomato juice by the gallon, but I don't think he'd have eaten a raw tomato if someone put a gun to his head.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here is one capture from a page about Ethylene gas. That is what is used commercially for ripening fruit. Apples are an easy source.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You should have seen what happened with a cantaloupe. It went from just about ready, to a huge pile of mush in a couple of days. My mistake and had to toss it. Just one little apple. It was sitting on the counter in a plastic bag. ZAP!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kid Shileen Has it right.

Fried green tomatoes are great.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As a kid, we used to wrap them in news paper and store them in root celler. Some tomatoes would last up to Christmas. We loved BLT's for breakfast.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Bumblebee,

I have used the newspaper method of ripening maters. It does work... but I will warn you that they don't taste as good as when ripened by the sun on hot summer days. Sad
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: suggestions for ripening tomatoes Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Produce Pete say brown bag -- leave on counter at room temp.
 
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