How To Ripen Green Tomatoes

It’s a sad day when the weatherman forecasts an overnight frost and you still have so many tomatoes on the vine. But though it will be the end of the tomato plants, it doesn’t mean the end of your garden tomatoes.

Just before the frost descends, collect all your tomatoes, at any stage of ripeness, and set them out in bowls on counters or tables. Almost all of them will eventually ripen. Refrigerate them as they ripen and extend the taste of summer into winter.

Many green tomatoes will ripen if left out in bowls.

Many green tomatoes will ripen if left out in bowls.

Refrigerate ones that have ripened to red.

Refrigerate ones that have ripened to red.