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Old 07-07-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
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How do you store tomatoes?

I've read that it's best to store tomatoes at room temperature, but every time I've done that they go bad very quickly. Is it better to keep them in the fridge?

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Old 07-07-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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We keep ours at too temperature in a "fruit" bowl. Refrigerator temperatures destroy major flavor components of the tomato. We have gotten into the habit of buying fewer tomatoes so they won't go bad.
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:56 PM   #3
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We keep ours at too temperature in a "fruit" bowl. Refrigerator temperatures destroy major flavor components of the tomato. We have gotten into the habit of buying fewer tomatoes so they won't go bad.

Maybe I should do that. It's kind of a pain to have to make a lot of grocery store trips though.


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Old 07-07-2016, 08:04 PM   #4
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It's a trade-off. Plan your tomato meals for the days right after your shopping trip. Use other veggies later in the shopping week.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:09 PM   #5
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Fresh tomatoes, on the counter. Canning tomatoes frozen or cooked from fresh. Dehyrated tomatoes, cut and put the the dehydrator, from fresh but frozen is fine too.
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Our approach to storing tomatoes is much like Andy's. We have a very, very deep kitchen windowsill that doesn't get direct sunlight, so that's where the tomatoes are kept. Usually in a broad basket but also directly on the wooden sill. Regardless whether they're in a basket or the sill, I always place them stem-side down. The seem to keep better that way.

Otherwise, if there is a large quantity such as the garden heavily producing, I make tomato sauce or freeze the tomatoes whole.

I rarely, very rarely, put tomatoes in the refrigerator because of what Andy mentioned about how refrigeration degrades them.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:17 PM   #7
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Another vote for room temperature. I keep them on a plate on the kitchen counter, I sure miss having a kitchen windowsill to set them on!

I have good luck with the tomatoes on the vine and look for a cluster with 4 or 5 tomatoes, I think the vine helps them last a little longer. If they begin to get ripe before I can use them fresh I make a small batch of stewed tomatoes. I core them, cut a small x on the bottom and dunk them in a pan of boiling water for a minute to loosen the skin, peel them and cut them into eighths, simmer them for about fifteen minutes with a couple of whole cloves, salt, pepper and a little sweetener. When they are finished cooking I add a small piece of butter. Stewed tomatoes are a good way to use up other vegetables. Toss in some chunks of zucchini, celery, onion, etc... and let them simmer with the tomatoes until tender.
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Never store fresh toms in the fridge. The sugars go into something else and they end up tasting like mush.
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Another vote for room temperature. I keep them on a plate on the kitchen counter, I sure miss having a kitchen windowsill to set them on!

I have good luck with the tomatoes on the vine and look for a cluster with 4 or 5 tomatoes, I think the vine helps them last a little longer. If they begin to get ripe before I can use them fresh I make a small batch of stewed tomatoes. I core them, cut a small x on the bottom and dunk them in a pan of boiling water for a minute to loosen the skin, peel them and cut them into eighths, simmer them for about fifteen minutes with a couple of whole cloves, salt, pepper and a little sweetener. When they are finished cooking I add a small piece of butter. Stewed tomatoes are a good way to use up other vegetables. Toss in some chunks of zucchini, celery, onion, etc... and let them simmer with the tomatoes until tender.
Sounds like everyone is favoring room temperature. Good thing I bought them on the vine. They are organic compari tomatoes. I added a couple of them to my chickpea salad tonight and they were delish.
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The package of sun dried tomatoes I bought at Whole Foods says "refrigerate after opening." Would you all agree with that? Do sun dried tomatoes need to be stored differently?
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