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Storing tomatoes

laurendlewis Apr 24, 2007 04:12 PM

When I use half a tomato, I usually wrap it up and put it in the fridge. (I never store whole tomatoes in the fridge.) Could I leave a leftover half on the counter?

  1. HaagenDazs Apr 24, 2007 09:41 PM

    Why not just eat it? It's not like eating more tomato has lead to heart disease or cancer...

    1. rworange Apr 24, 2007 08:46 PM

      Here's a Chowhound Digest article about this

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      1. re: rworange
        laurendlewis Apr 25, 2007 04:47 AM

        Thanks! That's very helpful.

        Why don't I just eat it? Well, if I just ate everything leftover just to not have to deal with the leftovers..... I'd have an empty kitchen and a broken scale!

      2. Karl S Apr 24, 2007 05:33 PM

        Very preferably on the counter, cut side sealed up. The flavor of raw tomatoes deteriorates significantly under 55F, and it's rarely worth keeping them in the frig unless you want them for visual rather than flavor appeal.

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        1. re: Karl S
          MMRuth Apr 25, 2007 12:26 PM

          I usually just put the cut side on a plate and leave it out for a day or too. If it's gone past that and still around, I stick in in the fridge where mostly it then ends up getting thrown out, but if I'm making a stew or something, I'll cut it up and throw it in.

          1. re: Karl S
            maria lorraine Apr 25, 2007 01:32 PM

            Yep, Karl S. is right. Storing tomatoes in the frig (glad to hear lauren doesn't do this!) permanently shuts down their major flavor component, z-3 dexenel. The cold also changes the molecular structure of the tomato so it becomes mushy. Not that it's a big deal, but leave the half-tomato out, cut-side down, wrapped with plastic. Use it the next day in something or as a snack.

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            Christnp Apr 24, 2007 04:56 PM

            I keep cut tomatoes on the counter for a day or so (cut-side down on a plate). Longer than that, and it needs to go in the fridge.

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