Autumn has surprised us unprepared and even the tomatoes are still green, therefore everyone, who grew tomatoes themselves, still has a basket or two of green tomatoes around.
Despite the fact that tomatoes are still unripe, you can keep them indoors, and soon enough they will become red and tasty as if just plucked from a branch. Clients of www.averto.lv/en will provide advice on how best to store unripe tomatoes.
One of the main advices to remember for everyone who plans to store tomatoes for eating later - do not put them in the refrigerator!
Cold is definitely something that tomatoes need to ripen. It is a bad idea to store tomatoes in a fridge in general since they loose their taste and emit a gas - ethylene, which makes them unusable.
It is best to place the green tomatoes in one box and partially ripe tomatoes in another box, and then to place both boxes in a dark place. It is recommended to cover them with a paper, which will allow the tomatoes not only ripen sooner, but also to keep fresh for a longer period of time.
While placing tomatoes in the boxes, it is important to not place them on top of each other, which will cause them to become soft and go bad quickly. Therefore, the tomatoes, both green and partially ripe ones, should be placed in a single layer, and, if possible, tomatoes should not touch each other.
Tomatoes will also ripen well if you lay the green tomatoes as a first layer in the box, then place paper on them and place the half-ripe tomatoes on top.
Contrary to what we might think, green tomatoes do not require sun to ripen. Actually, it is best to keep tomatoes in a dark place with no sunlight.