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The Best Way to Store Ripe Tomatoes

Tomatoes taste best at room temperature. And when tomatoes are refrigerated It is best not to refrigerate tomatoes since tomatoes are sensitive to cold and refrigerating reduces their flavor by diminishing their flavor component, (2)-3-dexenal.

Tomatoes picked in the field are green and they continue to ripen when you bring them home. I find it best to store tomatoes at room temperature and out of direct exposure to sunlight. They will keep for up to 5 days, depending upon variety and how ripe they are when purchased. To hasten the ripening process place them in a paper bag with a banana or apple. The ethylene gas that these fruits emit will help speed up the ripening process.

If the tomatoes begin to become overripe at room temperature and you are not yet ready to eat them, you can place them in the refrigerator. If possible, put them in the butter compartment which is warmer where they will keep for one or two more days. Remove them from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before using them to help regain their maximum flavor and juiciness.

Do not refrigerate unripe tomatoes. Temperatures below 55 F will destroy their flavor, cause them to become spongy, and they will not ripen.

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