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Old 06-22-2007, 03:05 PM   #21
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I usually keep tomatoes at room temp unless they're very ripe & in danger of spoiling.

However, since I grow a lot of them myself, I do store a number of them in the fridge when they're ripe, & haven't found a big taste difference - so long as they're totally ripe when put in. In fact, one of my favorite summer treats is an ice-cold home-grown tomato sprinkled with salt & freshly-ground black pepper & eaten like an apple.
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:55 PM   #22
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IIn fact, one of my favorite summer treats is an ice-cold home-grown tomato sprinkled with salt & freshly-ground black pepper & eaten like an apple.
OH, yeah! .
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:10 PM   #23
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The key temperature is 55F. If a tomato chills to below 55F, flavor is lost forever. I store tomatoes in a basket on the kitchen counter. If I cut a tomato and have some leftover, I wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in the same basket.
A basement / cellar larder (cool dark place with 50% relative humidity)seems like a good place to store tomatoes as well as most other foodstuffs.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:59 AM   #24
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I actually didn't know that the fridge ruins their taste, and so have been singing about how great Kenyan tomatoes taste, little did I realise that it's the fridge that spoils the taste, my mama never stored her's in the fridge! Great to know. Live and learn! Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:42 PM   #25
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Sorry "President", but "dehydrated" or "dried" tomatoes have nothing to do with how best to store fresh ones.

Sun-dried tomatoes, & other dried vegetables, do have their place in certain recipes, but regardless of what "awards" & "resorts" your company sells to, they will never take the place of fresh, properly stored produce.

(And I could be wrong, but I think the blatant advertisement for your company is definitely out of line here. . . )
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:53 PM   #26
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I keep mine on the counter, but once sliced, I put in fridge. I can eat them like an apple to !
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:58 PM   #27
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What about if you live in really hot weather? How long would they last outside? Currently where I live it's 45-50 degrees celcius in Summer. The kitchen becomes like a sauna!
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:56 PM   #28
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What about if you live in really hot weather? How long would they last outside? Currently where I live it's 45-50 degrees celcius in Summer. The kitchen becomes like a sauna!
How about your garage? Just wrap them tightly so no intruders get in, and set them in a box of some sort so no light hits em. Or a cabinet elsewhere, anywhere cool. If you have no other choice refrigerate, Ive worked produce for years and many times they come in already stored in a refrigerator car.
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:39 PM   #29
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has anyone out there ever harvested cherry tomatoes that were bitter???? and do you know why?????
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