DO NOT Refrigerate Tomatoes?

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  1. Cameron Seaman

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    The little sticker on tomatoes that I buy at the grocery store bears a warning that says, "Do Not Refrigerate".
    So far this year, I have been leaving them in the refrigerator until I need them so they don't spoil. What am I missing out on by keeping them there? Is there a loss of flavor? If I continue my disobedience, will I open a wormhole that leads to the Delta Quadrant? [​IMG]
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    It is probably because you are buying them not fully ripened, and leaving them out will let them do so, which should make them taste better.

    I always refrigerate mine... no Delta Quadrant yet.
     
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    I've noticed this sticker generally on the hothouse or vine-ripened tomatoes. It's there because a warm, unrefrigerated tomato has a better flavor than a refrigerated one. I think the producers want to make sure that people will continue buying these more expensive tomatoes so they try to insure that every last ounce of tomato-y goodness is present when you go to eat it. They don't bother doing that with those cheaper hard, pinkish, square things that are mislabed as 'tomatoes'. I don't know what those are, but they aren't tomatoes.

    But there's no wormhole opened to Delta Quadrant if you do refrigerate them. Oh no, that is too...nice. No, refrigerated tomatoes open the Gateway to those that walk between the spaces as we know them. Their hands are at our throat, but we see them not. Roiling masses of hideous tentacles are just waiting to reach out and reclaim the world.

    So do us (and you) a favor - keep those tomatoes out of the fridge!
     
  4. Ron Etaylor

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    A refrigerated tomato will not taste as good as a room temp tomato whether it's hot house, garden variety, whatever. Next time you buy tomatoes put one in the fridge for a couple of days then compare the flavor to the unrefrigerated ones. You'll discern the difference right away. The texture is still there, but the fresh flavor is gone.
     
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    NEVER refrigerate tomatoes, ever. And purchase only tomatoes that have some sort of relationship to those found in nature. Those globby masses found in supermarkets may as well be made by Spalding Sporting Goods.

    Buy your delicious fruits from a farmers' market-type place, or grow your own.
     
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    Some advice from a 15 year farming vet told me to buy the vine ripened tomato with the MOST blemishes. This means the tomato vine ripened the longest before it was picked.

    I was also told that the tomatoes you see at the grocery store that look perfect are actually green tomatoes that are gassed to turn red prematurly. Those taste no where near a true vine ripened tomatoe.

    I grow my own but am too impatient for harvest time so I get the grocery store gassed kind.
     
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    Ahhhhhhh, tomatoes. My favorite food. I am counting the days until I can stop by the local farm stand and pick up a basket of these delicious fruits. I eat them on toast (tomato sandwich), with cottage cheese, on an open-faced sandwich with cheddar cheese nicely melted under the broiler, drizzled with lemon juice, on a BLT, or, the best way of all: plain (like an apple).

    Always with salt and pepper.

    Never, ever refrigerated.

    Jon
     
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    Don't we need a Double Blind Test here? [​IMG]
     
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    I agree. Never refrigerate tomatoes. They just don't taste the same.
     
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    This should lead to the debate whether the Tomato is a fruit or vegetable.

    Any well-versed takers?

    Tim
     
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    Never eat a tomato, EVER!!

    Severe distress will follow forthwith!!

    Tomato-eating is ONLY allowed by consuming ketchup!

    Whole tomatoes = Yuck!!
     
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    Funny, I only eat tomatoes if they are cold. I don't like warm tomatoes on my hamburger for example... but I do like 'em cold on my sub sammich!
     
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    Tomatoes are awful cold. They get a mealy texture that is downright yukky. Room temperature however, they are natures perfect food™.
     
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    Yep, Ethlyene gas is used to help rippen produce faster so this is why some tomatoes and other fruits/vegetables may not taste that great in stores.

    Also in when a fruit or vegetable starts to go bad this is why others near it start to rot also. The natural ethlyene gas that a fruit or vegetable excretes will have an effect on it's neighbors. This is where "one bad apple will ruin the bunch (or something like that)" came from.

    Jeff
     
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    Hmmmm.....
    Tomato or Tomatoe?
    Some people taking spelling from Dan Quayle? [​IMG]
     
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    The best part about growing your own is that you can make fried green tomatoes.
     
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