Preserving the Last Tastes of Summer

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Ripening Tomatoes

I wanted to plant a fall crop of lettuce, radishes, beets, and chard, but I didn’t have the room in my raised beds. So, even before the first frost, I harvested all the tomatoes, including the green ones, and chopped up all the tomato plants and put them in the compost pile. I used the old ethylene trick to trigger the green tomatoes to ripen. Ethylene is the gas produced by ripening fruit, and one of the best sources for this is a banana. So I placed the green tomatoes in a paper bag, tossed in a ripening banana, closed and sealed the bag, and like magic, the green ones started turning pink, then red. Then I decided to grill some of the red ones while I was fixing a hamburger for Mary Jane and a lamb chop for myself–this was her choice. If you’re grilling tomatoes, use a grill basket or a special skillet with holes in it like the one shown. After the tomatoes turned soft from the grilling, I sprinkled a few flakes of sea salt on them, then a dash of hot sauce. That’s all they needed for sheer dining pleasure. So, I managed to extend the taste of summer just a little longer.