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How to get the best flavor and longest lifespan from your fresh-picked tomatoes.

When your garden is overflowing with ripe tomatoes, you can feel overwhelmed by too much of a good thing. Here are some tips to get the most flavor out of your tomato harvest.


When your garden is overflowing with ripe tomatoes, you can feel overwhelmed by too much of a good thing. Here are some tips to get the most flavor out of your tomato harvest.

Storage is important to keep tomatoes tasting just-picked. Do not store tomatoes in airtight containers---including in the refrigerator. Baskets at room temperature are ideal. Store fruit no more than two deep to prevent bruising and rotting.

The best taste comes from a room temperature tomato, but if you're not able to eat them within a day or two after picking a short stint in the refrigerator is okay. Just be sure to let them rest at room temperature before enjoying.

Stretch the lift of your tomatoes by processing them into fresh sauces or salsa, which can keep for over one week in the refrigerator, as compared to a raw tomato which will only last a few days. Puree, can, dry and freeze extra tomatoes for later use.

 
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