from Americas Test Kitchens.
"Storing a tomato with its stem end facing down can prolong shelf life! The scar left on the tomato skin where the stem once grew provides both an escape for moisture and an entry point for mold and bacteria. Placing a tomato stem-end down blocks air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar. You can also use a piece of tape to seal off their scars. The taped, stem-end-up tomatoes survive just as well as those stored stem-end-down."
Also, a repeat from a prior post:
To ripen green tomatoes, store in a cool, airy place. I use my basement shelf. Cover with newspaper so the tomatoes are kept in the dark. Based on the article above, be sure to store them stem side down!
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