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Old 06-10-2007, 01:52 PM   #1
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Storing Tomatoes

Hi All. This has likely been discussed here before, but how do you store your tomatoes? I know that you're not supposed to store them in the fridge, but if not there, then where?!?!?!

(I'm trying to break my DH from always sticking them in the fridge, but need a good, sound defense!)

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Old 06-10-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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There is a flavor component in tomatoes that is destroyed in cold temp. I do not recall the exact temp that kills it, but the fridge is certainly cold enough to do it. That is why you should never store them in the fridge.

I store mine in a wire basket that hangs in my kitchen.
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Old 06-10-2007, 02:49 PM   #3
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You are correct in not storing tomatoes in the refrigerator! GB's comments/suggestions are excellent as well. I do not store tomatoes in the refrigerator, but rather on the counter, etc. Unfortunately by the time we purchase them at the local grocery or produce market/stand the harm has possibly already occured. Wholesalers, and retailers, trucking company's etc routinely refrigerate tomatoes as a matter of course. The retailer my display tomatoes off-refrigeration, but hold them in a cooler in the rear of the store. They arrive at many stores on reefers that came from a refrigerated warehouse. Obviously tomaotes grown in Fla. Calif. Mexico etc and shipped to distant places are shipped in refrigerated trucks. So anyway just something to think about....

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Old 06-10-2007, 04:40 PM   #4
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I don't store mine in the refrigerator either for all the reasons already stated. I far prefer the full tomato taste they have when served at room temperature.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:13 PM   #5
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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.
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If I cut a tomato and have some leftover, I wrap it in plastic wrap and keep it in the same basket.
If I have any leftover I sprinkle some salt on it and pop it in my mouth
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How long do they keep for when you store it like this?
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:49 PM   #8
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Dependes on the tomato. A week, easily.
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Also if you spend a little more on organic or vine grown tomatoes they keep much longer on the counter which is important for us in the winter as I only go to town once every 2 weeks or so.
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