They sat on the counter and mocked me for a couple of days.
This morning, one of the tomatoes started leaking juice, so I knew the time had come.
Except that time is the one thing in short supply right now.
I decided to chop everything up and throw it in the oven together with a healthy splash of olive oil and some freshly ground pepper. No herbs were added so that it will be more versatile when they are put to use.
Another hour and a half, and they were softened and mellowed and perfect.
Tomorrow, it's on to apple and pear sauce.