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Old 03-04-2014, 01:31 PM   #1
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Don't Put Tomatoes In The Fridge

I know we have discussed it here before, but here is a great article about why you should not refrigerate tomatoes.

Seriously, folks, you need to stop refrigerating your tomatoes

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Old 03-04-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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Thanks for that information. I don't usually put fresh tomatoes in the fridge but now I know why!

(showing my age) Too bad there are no good tasting tomatoes on the market now.

I know several people who never put fresh corn on the cob in the fridge either. Maybe for the same reason?
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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Corn is a different animal. The sugars in corn turn to starch (I think that is the reason. It has been a while since i last read about this) which leads to a less sweet product. However, with corn it is completely 100% reversible, so once the corn comes to room temp again it is just fine.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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We hide fresh produce in the pantry. Gwen is a vegetarian and none of that is safe when she comes to visit.

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Old 03-04-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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Since my Mom forbade me to refrigerate the tomatoes we would bring in from the garden, I've never refrigerated any standard-size tomatoes (Roma and larger). However, I've always put grape or cherry tomatoes from the store into the fridge and there really doesn't seem to be a change in flavor or texture. Does this mean they aren't really from the tomato family? Or have they been hybridized to death? That would kinda freak me out...
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:37 PM   #6
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They were probably transported to supermarket in a refrigerated truck so the damage was already done.
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I wonder how long they stay fresh on the counter. I'll have to give this a try, but I really don't have space for anything else on my kitchen counter.
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I used to have a hanging basket in my kitchen that I kept mine in taxlady. That way the counters could remain less cluttered, at least in theory
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:54 PM   #9
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I wonder how long they stay fresh on the counter. I'll have to give this a try, but I really don't have space for anything else on my kitchen counter.
I can't say exactly---- maybe a week? Depending. When mine get 'crinkled' they're still good in sauces etc. Rinkdum ditty is great for this----(in the recipe that follows I don't use already cooked tomatoes or sauce but just throw in chopped up tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.)

Rinktum Ditty Recipe - Food.com - 128933
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:59 PM   #10
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I keep them at room temp, but chill them before use, like in salads and sandwhichs.
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