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Jul 23, 2008 12:21 PM

I love the little grape tomatoes but they get wrinkly so fast.

Any ideas how to make them last longer?

We've had a late spring here so our local tomato crop isn't in yet and we're relying on the grape tomatoes that are shipped in for a bit longer.

Wondering if there are ways to store them that will make them last.

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  1. Keep them in a glass jar. This method, which has been widely discussed on these boards particularly in reference to berries, has also been used successfully for small tomatoes.

    1. I'm wondering if they're not fresh when you're buying them--maybe a different grocery store with higher turnover is the answer.

      1. I suggest that you cook them up in this recipe...(I know that you did not ask for recipes but this really is great!) calls for cherry tomatoes, but believe me, the grape tomatoes work just beautifully...they get all blackened and oogey and delicious--you can easily sub fresh basil if you don't have marjoram, fresh oregano works nicely too:

        1. Have a great recipe for mariade olive oil and sherry vingar oregano and a few other things. will try to post tommorrow. Keeps very well for at least a week


          1. Thanks for these thoughts. I did not see the glass jar thread. I will give that a try. I'm buying them from two great stores, so I didn't think the problem was where I've been getting them.

            The recipes sound great. I will give those a try too.

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            1. re: karykat

              Reason I say that ... this rarely happens at my house, they're normally gone before they can wrinkle. Usually takes about 6 days or so to happen ... You're not refrigerating them, right?

              1. re: foiegras

                I really think the places I buy from have high turnover and put a premium on their produce. So it's hard to think they are selling stuff that is not pretty fresh.

                I don't refrigerate regular tomatoes (of course!) but I do refrigerate the cherry and grape tomatoes. Do you think that could be the problem? Mine are definitely not lasting 6 days. The reason I started doing that was I didn't think refrigerating these was affecting the taste.

                I could do an experiment with my next batch and refrigerate half and leave half out. And do another one with the glass jar.

                I'm ready to run out and buy another batch right now.

                1. re: karykat

                  Don't refrigerate them and they should last longer, IMO. Mine last over a week or so, and never get in the fridge.

                  1. re: danhole

                    I will give them a try. This time of year, it can get a little hot and humid, but I will look for a cooler part of the house to put them in.

                    1. re: karykat


                      I live in Houston, and hot and humid is the way it is here, too. I just keep them on the kitchen counter in a darker spot. in other words, not close to my kitchen window!