When you say to store tomatoes on the kitchen counter, what temperature is the room? I live in Las Vegas and with the cost of air conditioning, our house is 83 degrees during the day and 87 degrees at night, I would assume that these temps are way too high. Do you have any other suggestions for this delicious fruit/vegetable?
"Keep fruits and vegetables separate, in different drawers, because ethylene can build up in the fridge, causing spoilage."
Good, but tomatoes qualify as both a fruit and a vegetable, so wear to place them .... ;)
5/28/2011 5:12:54 PM
Aside from bananas and unripe pineapple, I don't store any fruits on the counter. They go bad too fast. I also like to eat my fruit cold.
When strawberries & blueberries are in season, I stock up on them. I wash & slice the strawberries & freeze them on a cookie sheet in a single layer; then put them in freezer bags - great for quick desserts & smoothies. For blueberries, I wash & freeze the same way. If I need to berries fresh, I put the container in the green bags. They will stay up to 1 week in the fridge that way.
As for vegetables, I don't store any on the counter either. A cucumber will rot in a few days if left on the counter. If a tomato isn't ripe enough I'll leave it on the counter for a day or two only.
If you want accurate information on food storage, google it. There are several websites that have better information than this article.
I have found using those bags that are sold for keeping f & v fresh really do work. Also, read where you should separate bananas when you get them home and they WILL ripen slower! Also, if you store berries in the frig., need to put them a plastic bag or they will dry out..........living and learning @ 70!
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