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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?
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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.
 

Julie K

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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!
 

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.
 

Jack Briggs

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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.
 

Chris Tsutsui

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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.
 

Jon_Are

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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.

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Pamela

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I agree. Never refrigerate tomatoes. They just don't taste the same.
Ahhhhhhh, tomatoes. My favorite food
Me too! Unfortunately, I can't grow my own, so my mom keeps me supplied with her home grown ones. She wraps them in bubble wrap and ships them priority, all the way from Pennsylvania. My mouth is watering...
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TimW

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This should lead to the debate whether the Tomato is a fruit or vegetable.

Any well-versed takers?

Tim
 

CharlesD

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...or grow your own.
Even lowly apartment dwellers such as myself (you know th type, insignificant people who are routinely crapped upon by large corporations such as TIME WARNER CABLE and KANSAS CITY POWER AND LIGHT) can grow their own tomatoes. I have a nifty tray thing that holds enough dirt for a couple of tomato plants and has a lower resevoir which the plant roots can reach through perforations in a flase bottom.

With this contraption I can grow tomatoes and also leave for a week or so in hot weather and they still have enough water (tomatoes are very thirsty). Home grown tomatoes are much tastier than anything I've ever bought in a supermarket.

Don't forget to also grow some basil... fresh tomato doesn't taste right without some fresh basil IMO.
 

Thomas Newton

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Ahhhhhhh, tomatoes. My favorite food

I have an old (1996) packet of tomato seeds that reads,

"GROW YOUR OWN GENUINE Killer Tomatoes! (L. Esculentium Dangerous)

Plant them! Pick them! Enjoy them ... before they enjoy you!"

No points for guessing the name of the movie that came with the packet of seeds.

The first level of the Macintosh game "OttoMatic" has a field that is an obvious homage to the movie. An alien spaceship zaps the field, and killer tomatoes pop out.
 

David Von Pein

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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!!
 

Dave Poehlman

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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!
 

Philip Hamm

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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™.
 

LDfan

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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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