How to Keep Tomatoes Fresh

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Tomatoes are a tasty accompaniment to a wide variety of meals. Storing them properly is important to keeping that fresh-off-the-vine taste. By adhering to a few easy steps, you can increase the life span of your tomatoes.


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Place tomatoes in a paper bag, stem side up.

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Keep bag out of direct sunlight and do not refrigerate.

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Tomatoes will keep for up to three days in the paper bag.

Place in an airtight container.

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Place in the refrigerator.

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Use within 24 hours.