Store Tomatoes in the Fridge, Right?
Wrong! When you think of tomatoes think of where they originated from . . . the warm western deserts of South America. Just as the first frost nips those beauties on the vine, your refrigerator hinders the ripening process, creating less flavor-making compounds and resulting in a spongy, tomato.
Store tomatoes in a cool spot of your house (not below 55°F), like a garage in early spring or late fall into winter, or in a basement. If you don't have a cool spot in your house, it is still better to store the tomato on the kitchen counter than to place it in the refrigerator.
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