Tomatoes ripen off of the vine easily, and refrigerator is not great for tomatoes—it can degrade their texture and dampen their flavor but what about tomatoes that aren’t quite ripe?
Here are the following steps to store your tomatoes:
- Do a flip: The nearest part of the stem or the "shoulders" of the tomato are sturdier than the delicate bottoms of the fruits. Flip the tomatoes upside down, for better storage. Keeping the shoulders on the hard counter. If that part of the tomato bruises, you won't lose much. Also, don't stack tomatoes on one another. The pressure can be enough to bruise the fruits and invite rotting.
- Avoid the fridge: A fridge is just too cold. You definitely shouldn’t put those unripe tomatoes in the refrigerator. They need to stay at room temperature, ideally in a single layer out of direct sunlight. If you put those big, juicy tomatoes in a fridge, you're doing some damage to the flavor, texture, even the color by halting enzyme activity. Be sure to set the tomatoes at room temperature for several hours before you slice into them for a tomato tart. Warming them up will jump-start the enzyme activity again.
Enjoy your fresh tomatoes!