Wednesday, July 1, 2009

the proper storage of your tomatoes

Anyone else watch The State on MTV in the 90s? Hilarious, random stuff, and it's coming out on DVD this month which is very exciting. And while other fans of the show may go on about "pudding" and "Doug," I am reminded of another sketch featuring Michael Ian Black as Captain Monterey Jack, lecturing the cool kids on the proper storage of their cheese.

I am reminded of this, because I'm here to talk to you about the proper storage of your tomatoes.

See, because as much as I'm all, "I'm going to start a blog about entertaining and cooking and give advice & stuff!" I still screw stuff up all the time.

Like, I'd heard that you shouldn't put your tomatoes in the refrigerator. So when I bought some on Friday, I left them out. But here's a key thing I didn't know--if you leave your tomatoes out in the plastic bag you bought them in, you'll have a moldy, wet mess faster than you can say Wet Hot American Summer.

So, as a gift from me to you, I looked it up: you keep the tomatoes in a brown paper bag, and they'll last up to 5 days, according to this.

You know, I don't care what the guys from "The Pearl Jam" do with their tomatoes. But in the future, mine are going in a paper bag.

Final note: if your tomatoes get a little soft or wrinkly before you use them, freeze them! You can put them in a homemade marinara sauce later on. And then you can dip your meatballs in it.


  1. Excellent advice, Dinah. Thank you and your tomatoes for suffering so we don't have to!

  2. Jen, I thought you knew everything there is to know about rotten tomatoes. Hey-O! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)