Proper storage: do tomatoes belong in the refrigerator or not?

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Which fruits and vegetables go in the refrigerator about it is constantly speculated and discussed. Especially in the case of tomatoes, opinions differ: should you store tomatoes in the fridge or at room temperature?

The answer is pretty clear! Because: Tomatoes do not tolerate cold, this applies to the plant and its fruits. This disqualifies the stay in the refrigerator. Because at too cool temperatures, the fruit, which has a reputation as a vegetable, quickly begins to mold. But how to store tomatoes properly?

Optimal storage
The optimum temperature for tomatoes is between 12 and 16 °C. However, the exact temperature requirements can vary slightly depending on the variety. For example, truss tomatoes keep well at a temperature between 13 and 18 °C.

The important thing is to neither fall below nor exceeds the temperature zone. Because too low temperatures damage the fruit’s aroma, this affects the taste experience. On the other hand, if the tomato is exposed to too high temperatures, it will start to rot faster.

But it is not only the temperature that matters but also the exposure to sunlight and the hardness of the substrate. Who would have thought? Tomatoes prefer a shady place with high humidity because it favors the post-ripening process if tomatoes are exposed to sunlight.

It is best to put tomatoes in an open bowl after purchase so that the fruits get enough oxygen. Under no circumstances should tomatoes be stored in plastic bags. You should also ensure that the surface is not too hard, which can quickly cause pressure marks. To avoid this, you can line the tray with kitchen towels, for example.

If you follow all these storage tips, there is nothing to stop your tomatoes from keeping them for up to 14 days. By the way: You should always store tomatoes separately from other fruits and vegetables!

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