People for the Ethical Treatment of Tomatoes
OR “Good God, why are you still keeping them in the fridge?”
So Tomato season is about to be upon us. I don’t know about ya’ll, but a fresh summertime tomato is pretty much my raison d’etre. Everything else is me just waiting around to die.
…Hm…. That got dark.
Anywayyyyy.. Tomatoes should NEVER be kept in the fridge. There’s science that can explain why, but essentially it makes them mealy and ruins their flavor quickly, which is a crime punishable in several provinces of Italy. So just don’t do it!
Instead? Keep them at room temperature in a fruit bowl or similar vessel. Line the bowl with a paper towel on the bottom, and set them stems up. Their stem area is the most fragile so don’t stack them, and be sure to pick them up and move em around in the bowl each day so they don’t sit too long on one side and start to rot.
Don’t squeeze em, lest you bruise them! Keep their temperature as consistent as possible. Only leave them in the sun if they need to ripen, and keep them away from heat sources like ovens.
In other words, treat them like fragile little babies.
And then slice them up and put them on sliced bread spread copiously with mayonnaise and gobble them up with a savage fury.