Perhaps you aren’t quite to that time yet of the year yet (aka: the hard freeze) but are beginning to think about it. Tomatoes are one of the things we will always pick all of, green or ripe, because there are things you can do with them either way. Take a look below at uses for green tomatoes that you may not have thought of.
Uses for Green Tomatoes
1. Ripen the tomato indoors.
You can either place the tomato in the window where the sun will ripen it, or you can try another method. Clean the tomato and then wrap it in newspaper and set in a cool place. Check on it daily and within a few days you should have a red tomato. If you are able to pull out the entire plant and have space for it, hang up the plant upside down in a warm place for a few days and watch the tomatoes continue to ripen.
2. Give your sauce a boost.
You can blend your green tomatoes along with a few tablespoons of white wine and get a tasty puree that will give your traditional tomato sauces a boost. Just puree and pour into your sauce.
3. Make fried green tomatoes.
This is an old Southern favorite and a great way to use those green tomatoes. First, slice tomatoes and then dip in an egg wash. Place the tomato slice in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Next, place in a pan of hot oil and fry until golden brown.
4. Add to your vegetable stir fry.
If you are making an assorted veggie stir fry, chop or slice your green tomatoes finely and add them in. You can toss them with a little oil and salt and pepper first if you wish for extra tasty flavor.
5. Make green tomato pickles.
Have you made Green Tomato Pickles yet? Make some! If you don’t like the spiciness you can always leave that out. This is one of the best ways to use green tomatoes because their high level of acidity makes for a great pickle.
6. Add to your omelets.
Green tomatoes add excellent color and flavor to your morning meal! Just chop the tomato finely and toss into your omelet or scrambled eggs. Such an easy, tasty, and healthy way to enjoy those tomatoes. While you are chopping up the tomatoes for your omelet, be sure and chop up a few extras for omelets on the following days. several meals…one prep. 🙂
7. Grill them!
You can put your green tomatoes on skewers or slice and place on the grill directly. As a result, they will taste smoky, meaty, and quite tasty. If you’d prefer, you can soak them in marinade prior to grilling if you wish or just season with salt and pepper.
8. Feed them to your chickens.
It seems like this one is kind of a given if you have chickens, but just as a reminder…if you can’t find anything you want to make with the green tomatoes, your chickens will always enjoy a fresh snack!
9. Make a BLT.
A BLT is a super easy meal and you can pair it with the acidity of a green tomato to give it a special color and a little bit of an extra kick. You can fry your tomato in a batter or just in a bit of olive oil before serving it on the sandwich.
10. Make a relish.
Finally, if you’ve got a great recipe for a tomato relish, you can replace the red tomatoes in it with your green tomatoes.
See how easy it can be to use those green tomatoes? When you are thinking and planning ahead you can find some wonderful uses for things so that they never have to go to waste. The next time you find a sad little green tomato that fell off the vine too soon or you have to pick because of a frost, give one of these tips and tricks a try and give it a second life. Because with these ideas in the back of your mind, there are so many practical and tasty choices to pick from!
What are your favorite uses for green tomatoes?
This post on Uses for Green Tomatoes was originally posted on Little House Living in August 2016. It was updated in August 2019.