You’ve likely dealt with this situation a few times. You buy tomatoes, bring them home, and in a couple days they are already showing their age. You either need to eat or use them that day, or you’ll have to toss them in the trash. The reason for faster aging of tomatoes has to do with the ones you’ve picked and how you’re storing them. Understanding how to keep the tomatoes fresher for longer will help.
Pick Fresher Tomatoes
When searching for tomatoes that will last, look for those that do not have any blemishes or dents in them. These usually have entry points where moisture and bacteria can get inside and start to ripen and rot the tomato. Take your time as you’re picking tomatoes. You can find some great ones in the bunch just by picking a few up to inspect them.
Store them Top Side Down
Always store your tomatoes on a counter or paper lined flat surface. The tomatoes should be faced top-side, or stem-side, down. The stem has cracks and holes that can allow for moisture and bacteria to invade. Just like the bruises and dents, the tomato’s life can be shorter because of it. To keep that from happening, all you have to do is block that entry by storing them top side down.
You can usually get about two more days by following these tips on how to pick and store your tomatoes. This leaves you plenty of time to put them into a salad, in a recipe, or eat them just as they are because they are good that way too.
Strict Quality Control
Our Tasti-Lee tomatoes are subject to strict quality control procedures. The only tomatoes that are placed in the punnets are those that pass inspection, meaning those that are ripe (but not overripe) and don’t have any bruises, dents or other forms of damage on them. Then the punnets are transported to their stores.
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