A perfectly ripe, fresh, slightly crisp tomato elevates so many things from salads to BLTs. But here’s the problem: At my house, we frequently cannot consume them in the short window of a couple of days before they turn mushy and slightly spoiled …
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I have tested so many ways to keep tomatoes fresh long enough to use them—on the counter, upside down, in a closed container in the fridge, attached to the stem, to name a few. None were super satisfying. But this method? Now my absolute favorite and the only way I will ever store tomatoes.
The theory is that simple cellophane tape applied tightly (with the green “top” left attached or removed—I can’t see where that makes any difference at all) creates a barrier to hold moisture in and potential bacteria and mold out.
Using this method, I can leave an unwashed, “taped” tomato on the counter for 10 days, and it’s the same as it was on day 1. To use, simply remove the tape, wash it, and enjoy. That’s it!
Best way ever to store fresh tomatoes long enough to actually use them, without any detectable change in texture or flavor. Amazing.