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Old 09-23-2011, 07:54 AM   #1
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Question ISO tips for storing fresh tomatoes

What is the best way/place to store tomatoes from the grocery store?

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Old 09-23-2011, 08:06 AM   #2
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Not in the refrigerator, because cold seems to suck the flavor right out of tomatoes. Not in the sun--sunshine doesn't help them ripen. Put them in a cool spot on the counter.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:09 AM   #3
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Not in the refrigerator, because cold seems to suck the flavor right out of tomatoes. Not in the sun--sunshine doesn't help them ripen. Put them in a cool spot on the counter.
Ditto Sparrowgrass
+ perhaps in paper bags
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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Sparrowgrass is right on. You never want to put them in the fridge. There is a flavor compound that is destroyed when the tomato gets colder than 50 degrees F.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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I agree with all the previous posters. Refrigerating them is not so great. One thing I learned many years ago, can't remember from whom, but when you store them (wherever you store them) put them upside down. Resting them on their stem end helps to prolong them. Since I've been doing this, my tomatoes have lasted quite a bit longer than storing them sitting on their "bottoms."
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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Agree with all the posters before, but with a suggestion ... a basket allows for air circulation around the tomato. If ripe, in the darkest, coolest part of your kitchen (NOT the fridge!).
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:50 PM   #7
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Ill leave them on the counter , not in direct sun light, and occasionally throw a kitchen towel over them to keep fruit flies away. Check them every day, to make sure if there are any that are starting to get too soft, moldy or develop spots.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:52 PM   #8
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And , i had one variety that was so big and heavy, had to store them upside down ( on the stem side) so they wouldnt bruise from their own weight ( the stem side is a little more rigid and more resistant to bruising from my experience)
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:51 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:35 PM   #10
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One thing I learned many years ago, can't remember from whom, but when you store them (wherever you store them) put them upside down. Resting them on their stem end helps to prolong them.
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.
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