Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pictures of the season

Sorry I have not updated the blog in a while. We have been, and still are, very busy. So I figured, I would just post a couple of pictures and ask you to be a little more patient with me ...

Fall is setting in here in Wake Forest, NC, and the temperatures are dropping. While Cindy does not like the cold, it has its benefits: firewood burning season has officially opened at the Disseau's.

And it's a good thing too, because we have had our first snow flurries. I did not see it, but Cindy took pictures of what looks like a blizzard (see the white streaks).

But all this cold unfortunately has also forced us to pick all of our green tomatoes that were still on the vine. Cindy is currently wrapping them in newspaper (a trick Grandmother Schoolbus' neighbor told us about in October). The hope is that they will slowly ripen and that we will have good tomatoes for a while longer.


Evelyne Disseau said...

Lo sapevi che si possono fare delle marmellate con i pomodori verdi? Ma grand mère faisait des confitures à la campagne avec toutes les tomates qui étaient restées vertes.

Anonymous said...

That fire looks really inviting. I'm looking forward to enjoying some of those tomatoes at Thanksgiving, so I hope the newspaper trick works!! Missy doesn't look too happy to be out in the snow, but it's still better than a bath!)

Bonnie said...

I love fresh tomatoes! It is my dream to grow tomatoes, but they don't really like to grow on the balcony of a third floor apartment.

Jennette snider said...

I was here :)

Cindy D. said...

Update on the tomato experiment: wrapping a tomato in newspaper makes the tomato ripen VERY quickly, in about one week. Do not wrap a lot of green tomatoes at the same time, unless you plan to serve them all at a large reception.

So far, the best way we have found to save green tomatoes from frost is to uproot the entire plant and suspend the plant in the air from its roots in your dark basement (provided that your basement temperature does not go below freezing). The tomatoes ripen at their own pace in that way.

We do not have a basement in this house, so last year, we tried suspending our tomato plants in the attic. That plan did not work for us for two reasons. 1. Our attic has many openings to the outside; thus it gets below freezing up there. 2. We have a large window in our attic, so we could not put the plants in the dark.

For our location, it seems there are only two ways to use numerous green tomatoes: make relish or make fried green tomatoes.

Perhaps next time we will try to wash, dry, slice, bread, and freeze them, and see how they fry up after being frozen that way.

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