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5 Ways To Get Green Tomatoes To Ripen

As the days grow shorter and the weather starts to cool off, we all know that one of the signs of autumn is the arrival of green tomatoes. While they are undoubtedly delicious when fried up or used in a savory chili, there’s nothing worse than having more green tomatoes than you know what to do with.

So, here are five ways to get your green tomatoes to ripen so you can enjoy them at their best!

Put Them In A Paper Bag

Tomatoes in a paper bag
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If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, you know that sometimes they just don’t seem to want to ripen on the vine. If you’re in this situation, have no fear! There is a way to hasten the ripening process of your green tomatoes so that you can enjoy them sooner.

All you need is a paper bag and a ripe fruit. Put your green tomatoes in the paper bag with the ripe fruit, seal the bag, and leave it out of direct sunlight for a few days. The ethylene gas emitted by the ripe fruit will help to ripen the tomatoes. Check on them every day or so to make sure everything is going according to plan as they can go from unripe to overripe very quickly when confined in a paper bag.

Once your tomatoes have reached the desired level of ripeness, take them out of the bag and enjoy! With this simple trick, you’ll be able to enjoy your crop even if they didn’t quite ripen on the vine.

Place Them Next To Other Ripe Fruits or Vegetables

Ripe and unripe tomatoes
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Much like putting them in a paper bag, tomatoes will ripen faster when they’re placed next to other ripe fruits or vegetables. The ethylene gas that these other produce items are releasing will hasten the ripening of your tomatoes.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Start by placing your green tomatoes on a counter or shelves near ripe fruit.
  • Check on your tomatoes regularly, and rotate them if necessary, so that they all have a chance to exposure to the ethylene gas.

In just a few days, your tomatoes will be ripe and ready to eat! Enjoy them in salads, sandwiches, soups, or whatever else you like.

Put Them In A Sunny Spot

Tomatoes on a windowsill
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If you’re looking for a way to speed up the ripening process of your green tomatoes, sun exposure is a great option! By placing your tomatoes in direct sunlight, they will start to turn red or orange relatively quickly. The ideal location for this is south-facing windowsills or patios.

To ensure that your tomatoes ripen evenly, it’s important to rotate them regularly. Every few days, give them a quarter turn so that all sides are exposed to the sun. You’ll know they’re ripe and ready to eat when they give off a fragrant aroma and their skin is smooth to the touch.

So next time you’re wondering what to do with those unripe tomatoes, remember that a little sun exposure can go a long way!

Place Them In A Cardboard Box

Tomatoes and a ripe banana
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If you have a bunch of green tomatoes and are looking for a way to get them to ripen quickly, try putting them in a cardboard box.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A cardboard box
  • Green tomatoes
  • Paper towels or newspaper
  • Ripe banana

First, line the bottom of the box with a layer of paper towels or newspaper. This will help absorb any moisture that comes from the tomatoes as they ripen. Next, add your tomatoes to the box, making sure not to overcrowd them. You want each tomato to have some space so that it can ripe evenly.

Place the ripe banana on top of the box and seal.

If you’re using a box that’s not big enough for all of your tomatoes, you can rotate them every few days so that each tomato gets a chance to be in the warmest part of the box.

You should check on them every day or so. In just a few days, you should start to see some change in color as they begin to ripen. And in a week or so, they’ll be ready to eat!

Hang Your Tomato Plant Upside Down

Hanging tomatoes
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Hanging your tomato plant upside down indoors is a great way to ripen the fruit while extending the life of the plant.

Tomatoes are a heavy crop and can weigh down and break the stems of smaller plants, so it’s important to support the plant well. You can do this by tying the stem of the plant to a strong hook or nail in the ceiling, or by suspending it from a beam or other sturdy support. Be sure that the tomatoes are not touching the ground or each other, as this can cause them to rot.

The ideal temperature for ripening is between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so if your home is on the cooler side, you may want to hang them near (but not above) a heat source such as a radiator or heat lamp. Tomatoes will ripen in about two weeks when hung upside down indoors but do check on them daily.

In Summary

So, there you have it – five ways to get your green tomatoes to ripen so you can enjoy them at their best! Have you tried any of these methods? Do you have any tips or tricks that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share this post with your friends and family. Thanks for reading!