Revisiting Flash-fried Cherry Tomatoes

summary: we have cherry tomatoes galore thanks to our neighbours; tomato sandwiches are great; flash-fried tomatoes are equally great; happily, the back lane garden is flourishing; reminder about when to pick tomatoes

[O]ur brilliant neighbours have planted cherry tomatoes!! Red and gold ones! […] In spite of having been caught red-handed (errmmmm… red/gold-juiced-handed and pocketed) a few weeks ago, look what our very forgiving neighbours gave us the other day!
– me, blog from OUR kitchen | Delving into the archives: Flash-fried Cherry Tomatoes, 25 August 2020

This spring, our lovely neighbour planted cherry tomatoes again in her raised garden beds and found she had an extra cherry tomato seedling. She gave it to us to plant in our back lane garden – because of us being caught last year stealing cherry tomatoes from their garden. (In our defence, only one of them even likes tomatoes :!: :!: so really, we were doing them a favour to take them, weren’t we?)

This little basket may look a little sparse. However, this is from just one day’s picking – how the basket looked AFTER we had removed several to make flash-fried tomatoes for dinner.

Cherry Tomatoes 2021

We knew that cherry tomatoes grow rampantly, but had no idea just how rampant they are! This cherry tomato pictured here in our tiny back lane container garden (it’s the only sunny spot we have) is from just one garden centre seedling.

Collard Greens and Cherry Tomatoes

In the middle of July, I had to wrestle with it to remove it from sneaking under our neighbours’ garage (the one on the left) eavestrough and continue creeping up to rest on their garage roof.

By early August, the cherry tomato managed to drown out the Romano bean plants that were supposed to be crawling along the empty rope above the Collard Greens! (We harvested about 20 Romano beans this year! They were delicious, but we were hardly feasting for days on Romano beans…. I can’t stop wondering why the story isn’t called, “Jack and the Cherry Tomato Plant”.)

Don’t get me wrong; we’re not complaining about the cherry tomato plant! Not at all! We have been having the most wonderful tomato sandwiches for breakfast and/or lunch. And, of course, flash-fried tomatoes for dinner.

flash-fried cherry tomatoes and horseradish
flash-fried cherry tomatoes, green beans, oven-roasted potatoes, charcoal-grilled pork shoulder,
flash-fried cherry tomatoes, steamed green beans, oven-roasted potatoes, charcoal-grilled pork shoulder, horseradish, grainy mustard mayonnaise

Please, sir, I want some more.

Happily for us, nobody “turned very pale” or “gazed in stupified astonishment” or “clung for support to the copper” before replying to us “at length, in a faint voice”. Instead, we have been invited to help ourselves:

Date: 9/17/2021 6:09:25 PM
Subject: I can’t keep up!!!

Please save me from the incessant deluge of cherry tomatoes!!!!

Go in the yard when you’re ready – grab as many as you’d like! Please!

Whoohoooo!! Now there will be even more tomatoes for us to make flash-fried cherry tomatoes!

Cherry Tomatoes

Reminder About When to Pick Tomatoes

Once a tomato begins to turn from green to slightly pink, it stops taking nutrients from the plant. […] Once a tomato reaches this stage, it will continue to ripen off the vine without any issue. And actually, it is better to pick the tomato at this point for several reasons. […] [It] helps your tomato plant. Although the tomato is not using nutrients from the plant, it can slow the production and ripening process for additional tomatoes. […]
Once the tomato has begun the ripening process, it does not need sunlight to ripen. In fact, too much sun can blister and even injure the fruit. […] Putting those tomatoes on a sunny windowsill can cause the same issue. […] [T]omatoes ripen best when stored in a cool, shady location. The ideal temperature for ripening is actually around 65 to 70 degrees, with plenty of circulation. […] There is one place that should never be used for ripening tomatoes – and that is the refrigerator. Unfortunately, when refrigerated, the process of ripening is halted almost entirely.
– Jim and Mary Competti, Old World Garden | How To Know When To Pick Tomatoes – And How To Best Let Them Ripen!


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