I've been contemplating the first fall frost, which, in my area, usually hits sometime in October. I can feel the chill in the air in the mornings and evenings that signals the demise of my beloved tomatoes. I've been able to put up several jars of tomatoes and tomato sauce, and have enough dried tomatoes in my freezer right now to keep us in pizza-making heaven until we start harvesting again next summer.
But in no time, we will get that first frost warning, and I'll head out to the garden to harvest every last green tomato. I've become almost fanatical about waste lately; namely, reducing it. I used to think nothing of composting those last green tomatoes, but now, it's almost a game to me. I want to find a way to use every single possible morsel my garden produces. So, what am I going to do with those green tomatoes?
I can wrap and ripen them indoors. This would work better if I had a cool spot in my basement.
Green tomato jam is a winner as well. Yum!
Of course, if I can keep them growing a while longer, that's good too. Here's an easy tip for protecting your tomatoes, peppers, and other garden plants from frost. I'll probably end up doing some combination of these things when the time comes, but at least I have a plan in place. What do you do with green tomatoes?