I hope your Tuesday went well! Tonight’s theme is something you tried and didn’t have high hopes for.
I’m currently making a lazy tomato sauce with almost the last of my garden tomatoes. All of which I picked three weeks ago and ripened inside!!!
Let me tell you all about it. I had read about people ripening tomatoes in their garages in cardboard boxes or on tables in thick brown paper. But also I’m in a few facebook groups where people tried that and everything rotted. Also I have no garage and my basement is a bit dank. I don’t have any expertise in this, but I know humidity is a bad for keeping things from rotting.
Anyways, we were about to get 2 nights with frosts and I just wanted to cut line with trying to get them to ripen outside. Temps were too cool. A college friend who has a farm posted a facebook picture of the unripe tomatoes she ripens in a spare closet on top of brown paper bags, and I was like okay that’s it, I’m trying. They won’t ripen outside before the frost, so I’ll lose them all anyways. Might as well try the inside trick. So 3 boxes later on the floor with some packing paper, and wow was this effective. Almost all the romas ripened (over 30), a ridiculous amount of cherry tomatoes ripened (like a gallon bag’s worth), and most of the small slicers (almost 20) also were good! I had a few start to rot so those I luckily caught and threw them away.
The flavor isn’t as good as true fresh garden tomatoes, but still better than what’s in the grocery stores. Also hey several pounds of veggies I’m not paying for is always a good thing!