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Old 08-22-2016, 09:11 AM
MacLir MacLir is offline
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Originally Posted by RealityChuck View Post
Well, this article actually tested this out by putting home grown tomatoes in the fridge.

They discovered that they didn't taste any different from those left out, and they kept longer.

The issue is that you shouldn't put supermarket tomatoes in the fridge. They are picked unripe and won't ripen when cold and will have all the problems people cite. All studies of refrigeration of tomatoes used the supermarket ones to test.

Home grown tomatoes are just fine if picked when fully ripe.
News Flash -
Supermarket tomatoes have already been refrigerated for a variable length of time. Tomatoes are picked at the green-ripe stage (any that are riper than that are discarded), washed, graded, boxed, and stored in refrigerators the size of a basketball court. When they are about to be shipped - which can be weeks to months later - the cooler is flooded with ethylene gas for 24 hours. The boxed tomatoes are then loaded on the trucks and sent to market. By the time they get there they have turned red (Ripe ).

Worked in a tomato packing house during college summer break.