Overload of fresh tomatoes in my kitchen. Is it ever OK to store some in the fridge? Produce goes from ripe to soft so quickly in this hot weather...Thanks, Liz

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser August 23, 2010

Yes, it just stalls the ripening. I've held fruit and tomatoes for a few days in the fridge.

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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore August 23, 2010

If you're going to use them for a sauce or other cooked preparation, this shouldn't be a problem at all -- I've only noticed a slightly mealier texture after refrigeration when eating them raw, in salads, etc.

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Kitchen Butterfly
Kitchen Butterfly August 26, 2010

Kristen is spot on - refrigeration changes the taste and texture of tomatoes but if you'll cook them, it'll be fine

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cheese1227
cheese1227 September 7, 2010

A friend told me yesterday that you can freeze whole tomatoes in abundance now on a cookie sheet, then once frozen, put them in a bag in the deep freeze and then take them out at a later date and start the sauce-making process from there say, like on a cold wintery day when you have nothing else to do. Has anyone tired that method?

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sygyzy
sygyzy September 7, 2010

Sure, store in fridge, no problem. Also consider oven roasting them.

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betteirene
betteirene September 8, 2010

cheese1227, yes, this is a nice little trick to have in your bag. I cut the tomatoes in half, scoop out most of the pulp with the crook of my little finger, throw the seedless halves in a zipper bag and then freeze them. After they're frozen, the skins slip right off if you let them thaw slightly, and if you let them thaw a little bit more, it's easy to dice them into same-size pieces. Don't use all of the tomatoes for sauce--keep a few bags and break off a tomato or two to add to soups or chili, or use a couple of them to make salsa on Super Bowl Sunday.

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mr.ikslopot
mr.ikslopot October 30, 2010

You could always can them.

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