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Going green: It works with tomatoes, too

Posted: September 5, 2012 - 8:56am

There’s been talk about it in the grocery stores. It’s an issue at large in the community and people want to know what to do about it, Linda Tannehill said.

The issue: What to do with all the green tomatoes?

Tannehill, a University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service Health, Home and Family Development Agent, said there is a surplus of green tomatoes in gardens this year, and as winter approaches gardeners are looking for some way to use this under-ripened crop.

There are three options for the green tomatoes: preserving, further ripening or cooking them under-ripened.

To preserve green tomatoes, Tannehill said growers can freeze them sliced, diced, pureed or whole.

They can also be canned as relish, she said.

To ripen tomatoes further before frost cripples their vines, gardeners can pull them from the plant and store them in 65-70 degree tempreratures, according to “A Harvest of Green Tomatoes,” a document found on UAF’s website. The tomatoes should then be checked daily for proper ripeness or decay. 

“The consistency and quality of the fruit is going to be a little different than a vine ripened tomato, but they will soften enough,” said Lydia Clayton, UAF Cooperative Extension Service agriculture and horticulture agent.

Another method is to pick the entire tomato plant, Clayton said.

“You pull it up roots and all, hang it upside down and then as that root system dries down and the foliage dries down, they move all the sugars that are stored in there into the fruits,” she said.

The tomato plants are best stored in crawl spaces or garages kept at 50-degree tempreratures, according to the UAF document.

For cooking with green or immature tomatoes, Tannehill encourages gardeners to consult the UAF document.

Details on recipes such as fried green tomatoes, green tomato egg bake or stewed green tomatoes can be found by searching online for “A Harvest of Green Tomatoes” or through UAF’s website,

Tannehill is optimistic about cooking with green tomatoes.

“It’ll force people to try something they normally wouldn’t,” she said, “like green tomato relish.”


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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 09/05/12 - 08:16 pm
Fried Green Tamaders, yum yum

Fried green Tamaders, yum yum. I have enjoyed this treat a few times this summer and have 3 green tamaders that are gonna be fried up today, they cost me $3.50 a pound at the kenai market. Kind of pricey, but a nice treat for those of us Far Right conservatives from the south that like fried foods. Every one knows that anything thats deep fried is better.
The Pourhouse should buy a mass amount of these and slice, bread & freeze them for future use so as to drive control freak far left liberals nuts with the freedom of selling & eating fried foods, i guess we should all do that though.
Make chili verde sauce out of them as well instead of using tomatillo's. Green salsa is also very good made from green tamaders.
I wonder if this issue, problem of not ripening is due to the mandatory GMO seeds that Monsanto corp forces people to use? Far left liberal control freaks have made it against the law to grow natural seeds for foods with a $1 million dollar fine for growing natural seeds?
The trouble is that these green tamaders are no differant in price at the open markets, which seems like they should be less costly to me especially if there is an over abundance of them that need to be used.
This food will more than likely get trashed instead of being sold at reduced prices or given away if liberals have anything to do with it. America throws away 96 billion pounds of foods a year as our economy thrives on waste, instead of helping others at every level, all this is evident at our waste sites nation wide, even on the Kenai.

cormit 09/08/12 - 07:41 am

Watchman on the Wall
"those of us Far Right conservatives from the south " why don't you take yer tamader recipe and go back where you came from?

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 09/08/12 - 06:32 pm
cormit is a feelings hurter!!

Praise God i don't depend on people like you for approval, but my ONLY HOPE is in Christ Jesus the Only True Hope & Change to Believe in.
I just wanted ya to know cormit that i had some fried green Tamaders and road kill moose meat loaf tonight with bisquits and they was slap your momma good. Tonight as in saturday night, and for some bad news i plan on being here until the Lord Jesus yanks me and ALL of us Far Right Conservative Christians out of here. That should be any day now i do pray, then you control freak Liberals can burger king it, thats "Have It Your Way."

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