How Should I Store Leftover Tomato?

How Should I Store Leftover Tomato?

Faith Durand
Jul 1, 2010

Q: I know you're supposed to store tomatoes on the counter to prevent them from developing a mealy texture.

But what about tomatoes you've already cut into? Sometimes I just want a couple slices for a sandwich, and it seems like the fridge is the best place for the leftover tomato — is it?

Sent by Claire

Editor: Claire, we often wonder this same thing! If we know that we're going to use the tomato later in the day, then yes, we wrap it in plastic and leave it out on the counter. Otherwise, we put it in the fridge.

But we don't know if this is the best approach. Readers, any thoughts?

Related: Food Science: The Best Place to Store Tomatoes...and Why

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