It’s the middle of the summer and many people are still on vacation or planning day trips to the park or beach. For those of you packing tomatoes to bring with you, we suggest that you follow these tips to make sure that your fresh whole tomatoes arrive at your destination.
Taking Tomatoes on a Flight
You may want to take some tomatoes home with you after finding Tasti-Lee Tomatoes in the grocery store of the place you were visiting, or you might want to bring some home grown Tasti Lee® tomatoes from your garden to a loved one. In either case, you’ll need to check to make sure that they are packaged correctly.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), “All food must go through the X-ray machine. Do NOT bring food to the security checkpoint unwrapped, as shown in the image at the right. Food must be wrapped or in a container. Unpeeled natural foods like fruit are okay, but half-eaten fruits must be wrapped.”
What this means is that you can bring tomatoes, but be sure to keep them wrapped or enclosed in a container. If you have sliced one, wrap it in plastic wrap or a handy tomato container like this one http://www.containerstore.com/s/kitchen/food-storage/specialty/123?productId=10015132
Road Trip with Tomatoes
You don’t have to worry about your tomatoes too much when in a vehicle. Just makes sure they are in a container with little room for movement. This will prevent the tomato from bouncing around and becoming bruised or cut. If your vehicle is left for a long period of time and it’s hot outside, be sure to leave the tomatoes out of direct sunlight. Tomatoes should stay at room temperature to assure optimum freshness and flavor.
Now that you know how to travel with these healthy treats, pack them for your next trip to use in a sandwich, salad, or gift for when you arrive. Tasti-Lee® Tomatoes love to travel!