Store tomatoes in the fridge for best flavor
February 4, 2012
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Makes sense, right? Cold preserves food and slows down flavor loss for other foods, why not tomatoes? Turns out they’re unusual.
Flavor development in tomatoes depends on enzymatic activity that continues throughout the ripening process, even after picking. Chilling inhibits this process, resulting in less flavor. Chilling – meaning temperatures below about 55 degrees – also can affect the texture in unpleasant ways. Store your ‘maters at room temperature.
Of course, many commercial tomatoes are so tasteless to start with that the deleterious effects of refrigeration won’t be noticed!