How to Ripen Green Tomatoes

Have leftover green tomatoes from your summer garden? 

Don't worry, they won't go to waste. Remove leaves and stems. Wash and pat dry. Store loosely in a brown bag or flat basket covered in a plastic bag. Add a banana or apple. The ethylene gas from the fruit will speed up ripening. Check daily.

Use tomatoes as they ripen. They'll be a little softer than vine ripening but still more delicious than tomatoes found in grocery stores. And there's nothing quite like getting a little bag of fresh, ripe tomatos when it starts to get cold outside. These make great garden and house-warming gifts!