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Old 07-17-2006, 03:16 PM   #1
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How do you store fresh tomatoes?

How do you store your fresh tomatoes?

I really never thought about this before and always keep fresh tomatoes on the counter or table until I use them. I got this out of a newsletter sent out by our produce supplier and thought I'd share it:

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Tomato Storage - Maintaining proper temperature is the most important factor to assure the quality of tomatoes after being picked. Never store your tomatoes below 55 degrees Fahrenheit - in other words, DO NOT REFRIGERATE TOMATOES - they don't like it. Refrigeration kills their flavor. When tomatoes are stored at a cold temperature, the water inside the tomato expands and causes the individual cells within the tomato to burst. The result is a tomato that may look fine to the naked eye, but will taste mealy when you bite into it. To ripen properly, tomatoes should be stored in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, with stem sides up.

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Old 07-17-2006, 03:18 PM   #2
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I store mine in a wire mesh basket hanging in my kitchen. I never ever put them in the fridge.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:20 PM   #3
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They don't last long around here. I just keep mine on top of my microwave until I use them. I too never put mine in the refrigerator. Mom always kept her freshly picked ones on the windowseal on the patio.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:20 PM   #4
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I hang em too...or park a couple on the window sill.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:25 PM   #5
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I'm a windowsill parker also. My mother said I used to eat them like candy in the summer.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:29 PM   #6
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In the past I stored them on the vine. Sadly, now I'm limited to a "fruit" bowl.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:32 PM   #7
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The same. Stored at room temperature, even after partially used. Refrigeration permanently destroys a flavor component.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:49 PM   #8
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I sit mine on the wood block but they sure dont last long, love a "mater" sandwich !
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:34 PM   #9
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on the counter out of direct sunlight. If I have cut one say in half I will put a little evoo on a plate and put the cut side down into the oil and cover with plastic wrap gently...and use the other half tomorrow. But as this is tomato season, and I eat them anyway I can in season, I don't have much problem.
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:45 PM   #10
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I usually put them in the refrigerator, but they usually go bad. I just think that they would be ruined in room temperature (it's been 85 Fahrenheit here...). Do you guys know how long they can last, outside the fridge?
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