How to Ripen Tomatoes in a Bag

Tomatoes -- nutritious fruits loaded with vitamin C, fiber, vitamin A and potassium -- make the perfect snack, salad or sandwich topping.

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But sometimes you may pick tomatoes from the supermarket or your garden that aren't quite ripe. If you set them out on the counter, they'll eventually ripen; however, sometimes you just can't wait it out. Give your tomatoes a ripening boost by tossing them in a bag.

Use an ink pen or similar item to punch about 10 holes in both sides of a brown paper lunch bag. Sit the unripe tomatoes into the bag with the stem ends facing up toward the opening of the bag.

Put a ripe apple into the bag along with the tomatoes. The apple helps speed up ripening by releasing ethylene gas.

Fold the end of the bag down so it's secured shut. Set the bag of tomatoes on the counter top.

Open the bag and inspect the tomatoes after 24 hours. If they are ripened to your likeness, take them out. If not, put them back in the bag, seal it shut and leave them for another day.

Check the tomatoes every day until they are ripe. It can take from one to five days for them to completely ripen depending on their ripeness when you put them into the bag.

Things You Will Need

  • Ink pen
  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • Ripe apple

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.