Secrets of Buying, Storing and Cooking Tomatoes

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tomato_cDo you like tomatoes? But are you sure, you get the best of them? If you want to know how to choose, store, cook and serve tomatoes, read this article.

Cold temperatures damage tomatoes, so never buy tomatoes that are stored in a cold area. Choose plump tomatoes with smooth skins that are free from bruises, cracks or blemishes. Depending on the variety, ripe tomatoes should be completely red or reddish-orange.

Store tomatoes at room temperature (above 55 degrees) until they have fully ripened. This will allow them to ripen properly and develop good flavor and aroma.

Try to store tomatoes out of direct sunlight, because sunlight will cause them to ripen unevenly. If you must store them for a longer period of time, place them in the refrigerator.

Serve them at room temperature. Chopped tomatoes can be frozen for use in sauces or other cooked dishes.


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