Force Ripening Tomatoes

At the end of the growing season, before the first frost on Nov. 4th (where is my Global Warming?) we have lots of green tomatoes  and green peppers. Last year Fran made a Green Tomato Pie, it was good, but, it was hard to finish. What to do this year with the unripe tomatoes is the question. I once pickled the green tomatoes, not really successful.

During the season we ripen tomatoes from pink to red in a cloth lined basket with bananas, only takes a few days, maybe a week.  It didn't occur to me to ramp up this process.  Fran googled "how to ripen green tomatoes" and this article, "How To Turn Green Tomatoes Red & How To Store Tomatoes In The Fall" by By Nikki Phipps at GardeningKnowHow came up.

Well, I never quite follow directions, but, we took a brown paper shopping bag, loaded it up with the green tomatoes and bananas. Worked great, here are before and after pics.

Before
Before

Many of the ripe tomatoes have been taken out and eaten, but, look it works!

An added benefit is using the very ripe bananas for banana daiquiris.

After
After

 

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