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Old 09-29-2007, 02:05 AM   #11
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This makes me curious. I've always kept my tomatoes on the counter until they are cut and after I cut them if I dont use the whole tomato it goes into a ziplock bag into the fridge. Shoud I leave it out on the counter as well?
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:49 AM   #12
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I leave the cut ones out on the counter if I know I'll be using them within a short period of time. Usually, I may have a tomato sandwich for lunch and then use the rest in a salad for dinner. Into the refrigerator if it's going to be the next day when I use it.
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Old 09-29-2007, 03:00 AM   #13
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Great! Thanks for the response! :)
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:40 AM   #14
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What I learned from my Health Department Food Handler's classes was that ALL fruits and vegetables, as long as they are whole, and unblemished, can be left out of the refrigerater. Once they're cut or punctured (breaking the skin of the vegetable), they need to be refrigerated.

That said, most veggies stay in my fridge, just to prolong shelf life. I leave potatoes in a dark, well-ventilated spot. Tomatoes I refrigerate. Yes, I know they loose flavor. However, my kids will eat tomatoes out-of-hand like apples if they see them. So, in the fridge; out-of-sight, out-of-mind. I also refrigerate my onions, to keep the tear factor down. Onions get used really fast around here, so they rarely, if ever, spoil.

From personal experience, fresh broccoli needs to stay refrigerated. If you leave it out, it will either start to bloom, or will discolor very rapidly.
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:02 PM   #15
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I keep whole onions, bananas, tomatoes and garlic in a basket in the kitchen. Potatoes in my pantry (it is very cool and dark). All else in the fridge, and anything once cut in the fridge.
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