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    How are you storing your tomatoes?

    A few years back I saw Cook's Illustrated do a test on how to store tomatoes. If you lay them with the stem side down, they last a lot longer. I had never heard that, but after trying it my tomatoes last a lot longer. I even noticed my Wholefoods keeping their tomatoes upside down on their tables.

    Here is the CI article.

    Cook's Illustrated on Tomatoes

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    Interesting! I hadn't thought of that. I do, however, try to buy avocados with the stem on. They seem to rot quicker if the stem comes off.

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    Cool. Thanks for sharing .)

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    Funny -- my wife stores them upside down like that, but her reasoning is that they do not roll around as much. She'll be happy to hear that helps them last longer.

    On a related note, I need to crank out a few quarts of salsa tonight before all the tomatoes we brought in over the weekend go bad :-(
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    I know you're not supposed to but I keep mine in the fridge. It's the only place I could find where to dog couldn't get 'em!

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    Your dog likes tomatoes?

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    Mine do! See dog/tomato thread.
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    I didn't realize they lasted longer because of the scar. I always place them stem side down so the flesh (tip, point) of the tomato isn't crushed. It doesn't matter if the stem gets crushed; you'll be cutting it off anyways.
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    Ours come in 8x4 flats, 2 layers, with paper between the layers, all stem end down. They do keep pretty well. They will start to turn translucent before actually rotting(they are still garbage, just intact garbage).

    Avocados should be purchased hard green. The companies that sell/store/ship them don't take care of them. I was an avocado farmer at the sushi bar, we always had PERFECT avocados, and I can still pick an avocado at the grocery store so that it will be exactly right for whatever it is being used for on any day of the coming week. They're actually very temperature sensitive.

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    That is very cool to know. I'll be sure to pass on the info to my fiancee as well--she's always very concerned about the shelf-life of our produce!

    @johndoughy: how does temperature affect the avocados? I've noticed that the ones I've kept refrigerated seem to stay closer to whatever state they were in while those sitting at room temperature seem to ripen and go more quickly but I've never really kept close track of it. So what's the real deal?
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