Thursday, July 7, 2011

Heirloom Tomato Care

That's right, they're almost here!  Tomato season is just around the corner.

Heirloom varieties tend to be more delicate and perishable than other tomatoes, so you might want to be a little more cautious with storing them .  These beauties are worth the extra care!
Here are some tips to keep your tomatoes delicious until eating:
  • Do NOT refrigerate.  Refrigeration will lead to a mealy and flavorless tomato.  Instead keep them at 55 - 70 degrees.  They will usually keep well on your kitchen counter.
  • Store them sitting upside down.  Yes, I mean sitting on their stem.  This is because the bottoms are typically more ripe than the tops therefore the tops handle the weight better.
  • Try to finish the tomato at the same sitting or shortly after.  Since you don't want to refrigerate, it is better to stick with this rule of thumb. 
Well that is about all I can think of, does anyone have any other tomato keeping tips?

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