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Refrigerating Tomatoes

Do You Refrigerate Tomatoes?

When I told office mates a story of how I foolishly committed to buying a 50-pound crate of tomatoes, someone wound up broaching the issue of storing them. As it turns out, people are rather split on whether or not tomatoes should be refrigerated. I've kept the delicate fruit at room temperature ever since hearing from a source that refrigeration makes tomatoes mealy. My boss, however, is a firm believer that chilling items like cherry tomatoes actually helps keep them fresh and prolong their shelf life. Do you store tomatoes in the icebox?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
No way! I keep them on the counter. They get all mealy and gross if you put them in the fridge.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I keep lots of things in the fridge because I prefer them cold! I don't really think about how long they last.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 5 years
I keep them in the fridge, they last longer and I like that. I like my tomatoes cold. My mom keeps them out and they rot pretty fast.
Svitlana-M Svitlana-M 5 years
If they don't ripe off the vine, then I'm lunatic, because my green tomatoes turn red and hard ones become softer... I'm from Eastern Europe, where our secondary job is keeping up with gardens where we plant all kinds of stuff every single year. I repeat what my parents and grandparents did :)
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
Nope. I either share my harvest with neighbors and family or make them into sauce and salsa...
Liss1 Liss1 5 years
No, i do not put them in the fridge, i worked at produce store for 4 years and the crates of tomatoes were never kept in the fridge.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
Country girl (living in the city) speaking - NEVER put maters in cold storage. I grow about 5-7 different types of maters every year and right now I have so many in my kitchen you can't get around. Some of them have been there for 2 weeks, they are my beefstakes (huge) and I'm making sauce and more each day; there is not a lick of mold and it's been mighty hot this last week in the bay area. Secondly, I'm sorry to break it to you, but maters do not ripen off the vine, they turn red indeed but the flavor is only reached via sunshine and vine. My grandparents were farmers of asparagus, maters and much more. On the other hand if you think your fridged maters are good more power to you! Eat, drink and be merry every day of your life!
weffie weffie 5 years
No way, they get so gross and fridge-tasting... With cherry or grape tomatoes it's not as noticeable, but the big guys need to stay room temp to taste and feel right. I hate when restaurants refrigerate their tomatoes, too--if I'm forking over $12 or $14 for a salad, I'd like it to have a little bit of flavour!
Svitlana-M Svitlana-M 5 years
If I have many of them, I put them in the fridge, but take them out a day before eating, so they can get room temperature and ripe a little.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
NEVER! How could you! Sorry I am picky with my tomatoes so no I don't lol!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
They do last longer of course, because bacteria can't grow that quickly in the cold, as with everything else. Tomatoes do lose their flavor in the fridge though. I guess you have to decide what's more important to you.
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