Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fried, green tomatoes

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Mr. Frost comes a knockin’!

If you still have green tomatoes on the vine, make sure you pull them before the first killing frost.  You shouldn’t harvest tomatoes from a dead vine.

You can prolong your tomatoes life by covering with a sheet when calling for frost and removing when it warms in the morning.  You can keep them going even longer if you put a portable greenhouse over them.  Be careful to vent your portable greenhouse very well when it is in the 50’s or warmer and sunny.  It will be a scorcher inside and you’ll have roasted tomatoes.

Tomatoes are tropical perennials from Mexico.  If you have a plant that did fab and you want to keep for next year, they can be overwintered in the garage with grow lights.

There are several things you can do with your green tomatoes.  You can make green tomato relish, you can wrap them individually in newspaper and store them some place dark to ripen, or you can go all out and have fried green tomatoes!

I remember my Granny making them each year.  I don’t have her recipe, but you can use a spicy fish breading, like Andy’s Cajun.  You simply slice your tomato, dip in the breading, fry in olive oil, and enjoy!

If you have a small space, you can grow tomatoes.  Here are some tips for compact spaces:  Compact tomatoes for small spaces and pots

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