The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Waste not, want not

Italian San Rodorta tomatoesThe final element of our tomato campaign is "never waste a tomato."  Mark and I completed our vine-ripened versus indoor-ripened tomato taste test last week, concluding that the former had just a hint of extra flavor.  Still, the kitchen-ripened tomatoes were ten times better than storebought.  So when I had to pull out three blighted tomato plants last week, I first picked every tomato that had at least begun to whiten and am now ripening them under the kitchen counter.

Imperfect tomatoesMeanwhile, fruits with a bit of blossom end rot or a cosmetic crack are fine additions to sauce --- just slice off the troubled spot.  On the other hand, our volunteer tomato plant turned out not to be worth saving even under these drastic conditions.  I suspect the volunteer came from a storebought tomato seed, because fully two thirds of the fruits that I left on the vine to ripen rotted before turning red.  I guess those hard, pink tomatoes in the grocery store don't ripen all the way, no matter what you do.  That vine came out to give more space to its neighbor.

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This post is part of our Organic Tomato Blight Control lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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