Storing tomatoes - 8 clever tips


Tomatoes are in high season in summer. They often grow back faster than you can eat them. Proper storage determines the enjoyment and shelf life of the delicious tomatoes.

© New Africa - Fotolia.com Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables in Germany. You can now buy them all year round, as they are also grown in greenhouses. Tomatoes are also often grown in your own garden. In some years, the harvest is even so large that it is not even possible to process or eat the fruit at the same time.

You can store your tomatoes at home, but there are a few important things to keep in mind. If the tomatoes are stored incorrectly, they quickly lose their aroma.

Store tomatoes properly

➤ Do not store tomatoes in the refrigerator

You can easily store many types of vegetables in the fridge, some you even have to store in a cool place. However, this does not apply to tomatoes, for them the refrigerator is the completely wrong place to store them.

If you really have bought or harvested too many tomatoes, the refrigerator can serve as a temporary solution in exceptional cases. However, you should then remove the tomatoes from the refrigerator two days before the planned use. You can then fully develop your taste again until you eat it.

➤ Tips for the correct storage of tomatoes

The refrigerator is only used as a solution in an emergency. Otherwise, the tomatoes are easy stored at room temperature.

"Tip 1: Always take the tomatoes out of the packaging immediately after purchase. You would quickly start to mold under the film. It is not enough to simply remove the protective film. The tomatoes must also be removed from the plastic tray so that they can breathe.

"Tip 2: Wash the tomatoes just before eating them. Otherwise, they will become shriveled and then they won't taste as tasty as before.

"Tip 3: It is best to put the tomatoes in a basket or in a bowl and place them in an airy, dry and slightly darker place in the kitchen.

"Tip 4: Make sure that the tomatoes are never stacked on top of each other in the bowl. It is better if they are spread out flat.

"Tip 5: You can achieve a longer shelf life if you do not remove the green from vine tomatoes.

"Tip 6: Store your tomatoes separately from other types of fruit and vegetables. Tomatoes release the gas ethene, which can spoil more quickly with other fruits and vegetables.

"Tip 7: You can store tomatoes for up to a week without losing great quality and taste. If the tomatoes are not yet fully ripe, you can place them in a sunny spot so that they can add something afterripen can. The windowsill would be ideal for this purpose.

"Tip 8: Only eat tomatoes when absolutely ripe. Green tomatoes contain the poisonous solanine, which in large quantities can even be fatal.