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Jan 26, 2009 05:24 PM

Washing Grape Tomatoes

Chowhounders, help me settle a bet. Do you wash small, organic tomatoes that come in a plastic container?

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  1. Yes. They never see the inside of the fridge but they do get a shower, then a shake in the strainer.

    1. absolutely. store at room temp, unwashed...then a quick rinse (and if they're really dirty, a gentle roll in a paper towel or kitchen towel) just before serving/using.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Definitely agree. Just rinsed some for salad this evening.

        2. definitely. rinse then a roll in a paper towel. they may not have pesticides on them, but there's often visible dirt.

          1. You can rinse them all you want, but unless you're buying them in the greenmarket, they've already been washed multiple times in the processing. But yes, never below 40 degrees.

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            1. re: walterbode

              They may have been washed in processing but they have to travel a bit before they get to my kitchen counter...from the packers to the truck, to the warehouse then the grocers store room then the shelf and its not like those little clamshell containers are impervious opening when dropped or being picked over by "hands on" shoppers... so yes I wash them.

            2. Yes - never refrigerate, always wash. Curious - which side are you on - wash or no?

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              1. re: gansu girl

                Wash. Wash.Wash. I even wash pre-washed lettuce. Wash.

                1. re: beggsy

                  "pre-washed" lettuce was rated as one of the 5 dirties foods!! I, too, wash it

                2. re: gansu girl

                  Jeez, after reading all this, I'm embarrassed to say that I was on the no wash side. I'm converted! =)