Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Originally Posted by mcnerd
This was recently proved at America's Test Kitchen. Store stem side down so the stem area is covered. If that is not possible, put a piece of tape over the stem end. Tomatoes last an amazingly longer period this way.
Cool! I definitely can testify that this method really, really works. Thanks, mcnerd, for the resource.
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What is the best way/place to store tomatoes from the grocery store?
While not storing tomatoes under refrigeration is sound advice....the problem with 'grocery store' tomatoes is the harm of refrigeration has probably already occurred... ~ The tomatoes are shipped/trucked to retail stores in refrigerated trucks...sometimes from great distances.... retailers also store them under refrigeration at times ~ I picked up some "on the vine" tomatoes the other day....They were very cold....even though they were displayed on a non refrigerated display table....
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I keep mine in the fridge, they stay freshest longest there. I hear people say there is some enzyme that destroys the flavor when they get cold, but I can't find any credible sources for that information. The only information I've found on putting them in the fridge is it will slow down the ripening process, can cause some loss of flavor (as all cold does), and could cause chilling injury.
The other thing I do, is I only buy what I need, so I don't need to store them for long, I use them. At 30 cents a lb, tomatoes are well-used over here.
yes, all this talk about not storing tomatoes in the refrigerator when they have just come from colder refrigeration in the produce department than what i will have at home....