How to Keep Tomatoes Fresh

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Tomatoes are a tasty accompaniment to a wide variety of meals. Storing them properly is important to keeping that fresh-off-the-vine taste. By adhering to a few easy steps, you can increase the life span of your tomatoes.

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Tomatoes in a bowl (Image: Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Step 1

Place tomatoes in a paper bag, stem side up.

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Brown paper bag (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Step 2

Keep bag out of direct sunlight and do not refrigerate.

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Closed bag (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Step 3

Tomatoes will keep for up to three days in the paper bag.

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Close up of tomatoes (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 4

Place in an airtight container.

Step 5

Place in the refrigerator.

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Woman opening refrigerator (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 6

Use within 24 hours.

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Father and son preparing food (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Once a tomato is sliced, it will go bad quickly, and refrigerating it makes it soggy. If you don't need much, it may be best to use Roma tomatoes; they are smaller and very flavorful.
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