Every day, I learn something new. What's that saying? The day you stop learning is the day you die?
Here's what I've learned today: Storing tomatoes stem-side down can prolong their "shelf life." Apparently, after the stem has been removed, the "scar" from that stem allows moisture from the tomato to escape, causing withering. It also allows mold and bacteria into the tomato, which causes - you guessed it - mildew on the tomato.
Obviously, storing tomatoes stem-side down will only work if they are stored on a flat surface instead of actually like the photo of the cute basket, above. And tomatoes retain the best flavor if they are left at room temperature instead of storing them in the refrigerator, where they all begin to taste, uh, rather tasteless.
Anyway, just a new tidbit of information that some of you may have not known, but would be helpful to you! I'm going to start storing my tomatoes stem-side down on a plate or tray on the kitchen counter.
EnJOY your tomatoes!
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