Quick Tip: How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

Though it's getting cold and blustery outside, we've still been seeing plenty of green tomatoes at the farmer's markets! If green tomatoes aren't your thing or you really have your heart set on one last summer tomato, here are a few tips to get them to ripen in time for Thanksgiving:

We've had success with getting green tomatoes to ripen by turning them upside down (so the blossom end is down) and storing them at 50° - 60°. A garage, basement, or cool windowsill is ideal for this.

We've also heard that you can individually-wrap green tomatoes in newspaper, store them in a box, and then keep them in a cool, dry, dark place. Tomatoes should ripen in 2-4 weeks, depending on how ripe they were to begin with. Check them regularly to make sure none of them are rotting or have already ripened.

Does anyone else have a good method for ripening green tomatoes?

Related: Quick Tip: What To Do With Unripe Fruit

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