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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default freeze-damaged green tomatoes

    We had our first hard freeze here last night. I stripped all the ripe
    and near-ripe tomatoes a couple of days ago. Haven't been out to the
    garden yet today to see the carnage.

    I have a good recipe for green salsa, using tomatillos. Do you think it
    would work to substitute green tomatoes for most/all of the tomatillos?

    Bob

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    George Shirley Guest

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    zxcvbob wrote:
    > We had our first hard freeze here last night. I stripped all the ripe
    > and near-ripe tomatoes a couple of days ago. Haven't been out to the
    > garden yet today to see the carnage.
    >
    > I have a good recipe for green salsa, using tomatillos. Do you think it
    > would work to substitute green tomatoes for most/all of the tomatillos?
    >
    > Bob


    Shouldn't make it taste bad. Do you have a cellar Bob? I've a gardening
    friend in a cold climate like yours who takes her tomato plants out of
    the ground and hangs them upside down in her cellar and then waits for
    the tomatoes to ripen. Never tried it myself as a cellar here would be
    an instant under-the-house swimming pool.

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    zxcvbob Guest

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    George Shirley wrote:
    > zxcvbob wrote:
    >> We had our first hard freeze here last night. I stripped all the ripe
    >> and near-ripe tomatoes a couple of days ago. Haven't been out to the
    >> garden yet today to see the carnage.
    >>
    >> I have a good recipe for green salsa, using tomatillos. Do you think
    >> it would work to substitute green tomatoes for most/all of the
    >> tomatillos?
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
    > Shouldn't make it taste bad. Do you have a cellar Bob? I've a gardening
    > friend in a cold climate like yours who takes her tomato plants out of
    > the ground and hangs them upside down in her cellar and then waits for
    > the tomatoes to ripen. Never tried it myself as a cellar here would be
    > an instant under-the-house swimming pool.



    I thought about that, but it only has a 7' ceiling 8-) Besides, it's
    too late because the plants have already frozen.

    I covered one of the pepper plants I'd like to keep going. Not sure if
    it survived or not, but if so I'll dig it up and pot it.

    Bob

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    Dave Balderstone Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>, zxcvbob
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have a good recipe for green salsa, using tomatillos. Do you think it
    > would work to substitute green tomatoes for most/all of the tomatillos?


    In my experience the tomatos will have more water in them than the
    tomatillos. You may want to cut and slightly crush the tomatos and let
    them sit in a strainer to lose some liquid.

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    Wilson Guest

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    sometime in the recent past George Shirley posted this:
    > zxcvbob wrote:
    >> We had our first hard freeze here last night. I stripped all the ripe
    >> and near-ripe tomatoes a couple of days ago. Haven't been out to the
    >> garden yet today to see the carnage.
    >>
    >> I have a good recipe for green salsa, using tomatillos. Do you think
    >> it would work to substitute green tomatoes for most/all of the
    >> tomatillos?
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
    > Shouldn't make it taste bad. Do you have a cellar Bob? I've a gardening
    > friend in a cold climate like yours who takes her tomato plants out of
    > the ground and hangs them upside down in her cellar and then waits for
    > the tomatoes to ripen. Never tried it myself as a cellar here would be
    > an instant under-the-house swimming pool.

    Did that once too George. Before I had a concrete floor, I hung them up as
    you said. IIRC, though, they ripened, but lacked much flavor.

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    Wilson 44.69, -67.3

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    Danj Guest

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    'Wilson[_3_ Wrote:[color=blue]
    > ;1388482']sometime in the recent past George Shirley posted
    > this:[color=blue][i]
    > zxcvbob wrote:[i]
    > We had our first hard freeze here last night. I stripped all the ripe
    >
    > and near-ripe tomatoes a couple of days ago. Haven't been out to the
    >
    > garden yet today to see the carnage.
    >
    > I have a good recipe for green salsa, using tomatillos. Do you think
    >
    > it would work to substitute green tomatoes for most/all of the
    > tomatillos?
    >


    I had the same issue and used them in a green tomato chutney. Tasted
    great and because i reduced them during cooking you couldn't tell the
    frost had got them. For a salsa might not work as well, but let me know
    how it goes




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    Danj

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