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How Can I Prolong The Shelf Life Of A Tomato? From America'S Test Kitchens



Storing a tomato with its stem end facing down can prolong shelf life. "To test this theory, we placed one batch of tomatoes stem-end up and another stem-end down and stored them at room temperature. A week later, nearly all the stem-down tomatoes remained in perfect condition, while the stem-up tomatoes had shriveled and started to mold."

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"Placing a tomato stem-end down blocks air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar. To confirm this theory, we ran another test, this time comparing tomatoes stored stem-end down with another batch stored stem-end up, but with a piece of tape sealing off their scars." It worked.

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  • Great info! - by BECCABOO127
  • Good to know. Thanks! - by HELEN_BRU
  • I always do this ever since I seen this awhile really does help. - by GINGERMONKEY21
  • MARYLQ11
    Great idea--will try it - by MARYLQ11
  • Great tip! I just threw away a tomato that went bad, but I'm going to go flip the rest of them now!
    emoticon emoticon - by LAURALITE
    Thanks for such an easy way to save money! Not to mention to prolong the life of my home grown tomatoes! - by BCRAIGRNCEN
  • Wow! This is a great tip! I'm going downstairs right now to turn all my roma tomatoes downside up! - by WALDWESEN
    okay, my tomatoes are stem down from now on.......... - by WANDERINONE

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