Many of our customers are surprised to find that their tomatoes don’t last as long as they expected them to after purchase. They have probably bought other varieties of tomatoes and have found that they last longer or they’ve noticed lately that Tasti-Lee Tomatoes aren’t lasting as long. There are many factors that go into how long tomatoes last. We’d like to share them with you.
Garden vs. Greenhouse Grown – Greenhouse grown tomatoes are pumped with fertilizers that help them grow big and turn a deep red color. They look great and when they are picked and packaged, they normally can last longer because of the chemicals they received while growing. Garden tomatoes, such as the ones you purchase from us, are not boosted with potentially dangerous chemicals. They are grown in their natural state. They are just like the ones you pick from your garden. Since they do not have these chemicals inside of them, they may not last as long as the other varieties.
Vine-Ripen vs. Temperature – Tasti-Lee ripens tomatoes on the vine, as Mother Nature intended. Other varieties will pick the tomatoes when they are green and then they force them to ripen by exposing them to warm temperatures. If you’ve ever tasted the difference between vine-ripe tomatoes and other varieties, you know vine-ripe ones are much more tasty.
Counter stored tomatoes can last up to a week. However, after a couple of days, they will start to expire quickly. We always recommend buying Tasti-Lee Tomatoes the day you need them or use them within a couple of days. We want to provide you garden fresh tomatoes. Those garden fresh tomatoes are best when they are used shortly after purchase.