Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rotten Tomatoes!

Tomatoes are a total mystery to me.  I buy them, I grow them, I eat them, but I can't say that I understand them.

First of all, why is it so hard to get a good tasting tomato in the middle of winter in Michigan?  I know some tomatoes are imported from warmer places and some are grown in green houses.  Unless they're labeled, I usually can't tell the difference.  Neither one has much flavor and they're usually mushy.

Next, I just don't understand what to do with them.  Whether it's February and I'm getting the flavorless ones from the produce department, or the middle of July and I'm harvesting fresh tomatoes from my garden, I've always followed the conventional wisdom that you should not refrigerate an uncut tomato.  So I don't.  I leave them sitting on the counter.  This poses two problems.  Number one, I like tomatoes to be cold (I don't care that someone, somewhere says they're more flavorful at room temp.).  Number two, they go bad rapidly.  RAPIDLY!

My mom recently gave me some extra grape tomatoes she didn't want.  She had kept them in the refrigerator, so I refrigerated them when I brought them home.  The next day I took them out to put them in a salad.  Here is what they looked like:

On the flip side, I picked up a nice looking hot house tomato from the supermarket a day or so later.  I left it on the counter overnight.  The next day it looked like this:

So which is it, refrigerate or not?  I just don't know.  I guess the best choice is to buy them and eat them the same day or wait until summer and pick them fresh moments before I need them.  Or stop eating tomatoes.


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Purple Flowers said...

I buy the vine ripened ones, and they're not bad if you want a tomato in the wintertime. I also keep them out until they are sliced. I don't know what to recommend to you about them growing old fast. Mine seem to last a fair amount of time on the counter. Don't give up on the tomato!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning,
I totally agree...those white 'tasteless' tomatoes from the winter cannot compare to those we get from the garden in the summer.

The next time you have a basket of grape tomatoes to use, try this recipe that I posted on our cooking blog. It is so good...even my hubby liked it!

Have a Marvelous Monday ~Natalie

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh I feel your pain-- And it drives me absolutely crazy! I love a good tomato but they are few and far between as I do NOT have a green thumb to grow my own.

If I buy them at the grocery store I refrigerate them in the summer time when it's hot in the house. But if I pay the "big bucks" and get them at the Farmer's Market I leave them on the counter and eat them within a few days max.

Hope you are staying WARM in the crazy weather you're having. Brrr.

xo jj