We started picking our tomatoes when they were still green , put them in a cardboard box and they'll ripen perfectly in a week or so, avoiding the birds and other pests. Paper bags work good too.Still a snack for me, but throw in a little black pepper. Few things in life are more rewarding to me than walking out my back door to go pick a couple of tomatoes for a light snack.
Though this year, I had to go out and pick them just as they started to yellow, then bring them inside to ripen on the counter. Can't tell you how many tomatoes I lost to mockingbirds this Spring and early Summer just looking for any source of water. It has been really dry here since mid-May.
Also a snack for me when I was a kid was opening a jar of tomatoes that Mom had canned. I'd bring 3 or 4 quart jars of tomatoes back to my dorm with me when I was in college. My room mate was a country kid, too. 4 1-quart jars of tomatoes never lasted us more than 2 or 3 days.