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Aug 19, 2009 06:21 PM

Storing cut tomatoes

How do you store your tomatoes that have been cut into? I'm talking the large tomatoes, and usually when making a salad, I only use half of one, bc kids only eat the tiny grape tomatoes, and a whole one is just too much.

So, I've tried refrigerating it with the other salad stuff, and we all know where that goes. Bland, tasteless, mealy, yuck.

So, I thought I'd try out on the counter, with the other whole tomatoes, in a dish, cut side down. Just get slimy and moldy instead. Now I'm trying on the counter, in a baggie. So far, it looks okay, been there only a day & a half, but I was wondering if anyone else had any luck with storing them. Thanks.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      I know it makes sense, but then don't you find it rather blah when you go to use it again? Do you let it come up to room temp first? Or use it in something cooked?

      1. re: pikawicca

        Yep....and consume it the next day. A mator sammich with Dukes Mynez! Yummy!!

      2. I put whatever is left of a cut tomato in a plastic zip lock bag, then into the fridge.

        1. i usually store on the counter in one of those twist-tie (not zipper) baggies. i've found that they don't suffocate the tomato the way plastic wrap or a heavier zipper bag does.
          other ideas:

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Why are you so good at finding my questions already answered on a previous topic??! Even tho, I once again, searched this on this board first, and nothing came up? Maybe I'm too impatient to go through them all...

            Anyway, thanks! Again! Makes me feel a little better to know that you're not recoiling in horror that I've not put it in the fridge!!

            1. re: Phurstluv

              actually i'm *glad* you're not putting it in the fridge - that's the quickest way to ruin a tomato!

          2. Keep it in the fridge, loosely wrapped in foil. One hour prior to next use, place on kitchen counter.

            1. Nope, never in the fridge. On the counter in a baggie or plastic wrap sounds good to me. But it'll go bad quickly, so you better eat it the next day, maybe two at the most. You might extend that a bit by spritzing with some bottled lemon or lime juice. You could use fresh juice, but why waste a lemon to save half a tomato?

              Or freeze the leftover tomatoes in ziploc bags and when you have enough, make sauce.

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              1. re: Zeldog

                Well, I feel better now, thanks all. And you'll be happy to know I used the darn thing in an avocado, tomato & corn salad for supper tonight - and it was fine!!

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  I tried leaving the last one on the counter in a plastic container... ICK. will have to try in a zip top.