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Video:How to Use Green Tomatoes

with Sheilah Kaufman

Use green tomatoes in your everyday cooking to add a tangy flavor to salads and other dishes. Here are tips on how to use green tomatoes, including what to look for when buying and how to store them.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use Green Tomatoes

Hi, I am Sheilah Kaufman, cooking teacher, cookbook author, food editor, and culinary lecturer. Today, I am going to discuss how to use green tomatoes.

Where to Find Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes are just regular red tomatoes that are picked before they're ripened. Most farmers markets offer green tomatoes, so be sure to check with your local market. Another option would be to contact your local grocery store. If you call ahead, most stores will special order them for you. Two other options are to shop online or grow them yourself.

If you have an abundance of good fresh tomatoes, freeze them whole. Just wash, dry, and put them in freezer bags.

Tips for Buying Green Tomatoes

When purchasing green tomatoes make sure to pick ones that are green and firm, but not as hard as rocks. Be sure not to pick solid green tomatoes, but ones that are starting to turn whitish in color. Soft and pink is not good, because they will fall apart when frying.There are several different types of green tomatoes.

Be sure to use common varieties like beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom green tomatoes ripen green, but remember, green tomatoes are just unripened red tomatoes. So you can really use any kind you want.

An Easy Recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes is probably the most popular recipe and very easy to make. Simply slice the tomatoes in one-fourth inch thick slices, sprinkle with flour, and cornmeal, and fry.

So that's how to use green tomatoes. Thanks for watching.
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