Tomatoes are a delicious and healthy food that is great for any dish. However, when improperly stored they can quickly become inedible. That’s why it is important to know the best storing techniques to get the most out of your tomatoes! In this blog post, we will go over how you can store fresh tomatoes so that they last longer and stay fresher.
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How to tell if Tomatoes are bad, rotten, or spoiled?
Tomatoes that are left out at room temperature or in the light will eventually go bad. Therefore, it is important to store them properly if you want to keep tomatoes for a long time.
What Causes Tomatoes to spoil? Tomatoes naturally have an expiration date when they will become rotten and unusable. However, improper storage can quickly shorten this expiry date and cause your fresh tomatoes to rot faster than expected! If improperly stored, they may also begin growing mold which could come into contact with other food items and contaminate them as well.
How to Keep Tomatoes Fresh
How Can We Prevent Tomatoes from going bad? There are several ways we can avoid rotting our tomatoes too soon by taking some measures before storing them:
- Be sure not to leave any bruises on the skin of the tomato. Any bruises on the skin will quickly lead to rot.
- Make sure your tomatoes are dry before you store them, as water may promote mold growth and rot.
- Tomatoes should be stored in a cool place with limited access to sunlight or heat (like near ovens). Avoid storing these fruits next to any other food items like onions since they produce ethylene gas which can cause both vegetables to spoil faster!
The temperature makes the difference
The perfect temperature for storage is between 53.6 and 60.8°F – then they remain particularly aromatic. However, the requirements also depend on the variety of tomatoes in question. Vine tomatoes, for example, also keep fresh between 55.4 and 64.4°F. It is only important to avoid both too low temperatures, as these impair the taste experience, and too high temperatures, as heat accelerates the rotting process.
Store in the refrigerator?
Store tomatoes in the refrigerator? No, tomatoes do not belong in the refrigerator. There they lose their aroma and can no longer ripen. The cold stops the ripening process and makes the inside of the tomato mealy. In addition, they can quickly begin to mold at too cool temperatures.
The best storage for fresh tomatoes – at room temperature! The tomato ripens very slowly when exposed to normal indoor conditions (ie 68-71.6 °F) without direct sunlight and does so especially if placed in an airy place such as a window sill or similar location where there is no direct sunlight.
Under optimal conditions, tomatoes can be kept for up to 14 days. However, it is recommended to consume them within a week, as the effects of light, heat, and oxygen reduce the content of nutrients. However, if the red fruit should be stored for a longer period of time, there are some options for preserving the good pieces.
Another option is canned tomatoes. In this case, the tomato was processed in a container and sealed under a vacuum at high temperatures for several minutes to kill harmful bacteria. This makes it possible to store canned tomatoes even longer than fresh ones in the refrigerator or on a kitchen countertop until opened. Once open, however, they should be stored like all other food that has come into contact with water (eg cut) again only briefly at room temperature before placing them back in the fridge because otherwise there is too much risk that mold spores will spread through the whole can if left out of the cold for too long.
What about freezing? The freezer can also extend storage time by another few months but not indefinitely: after six months, tomatoes are no longer fresh enough for consumption.
Dried tomatoes (recommended for their intense flavor) are more durable than fresh ones. They’re perfect if you want to gorge on tomatoes all year long but they should be stored in a cool place (eg the fridge).