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The Ideal Way To Store Sliced Tomatoes

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There is nothing juicier, and more mouthwatering, than a freshly sliced tomato. It's the perfect addition to sandwiches, toasts, scrambled eggs, basil and mozzarella, or enjoyed alone with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of sea salt. So, how do you avoid mistakes in storing tomatoes to ensure that your leftover slices stay fresh, delicious, and ready for reuse?

It may seem logical to store sliced tomatoes the same way you would store your full, uncut tomatoes. However, the ideal way to store your slices is in the refrigerator within an airtight container. Tomatoes thrive at a maximum temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and exposing your sliced tomatoes to any higher of a temperature for extended periods of time (four hours is the threshold) will speed up their decay process.

Additionally, it's worth noting that once you've sliced into a tomato, it is more likely to grow bacteria, and therefore storing your leftover slices in the refrigerator not only preserves their freshness but also ensures their health status. Thus, when kept cool and tightly sealed, your tomatoes will remain their freshest, tastiest, and healthiest for up to three days.

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Additional Storage Hacks For Your Freshest Tomato Slices

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As far as selecting the best food storage container for your tomato slices, you'll want to choose the right fit for your budget and sizing needs. From there, be sure to drain your slices of any liquid as discarding the excess tomato juice will further preserve their freshness.

In addition to where — and in what type of container — you store your sliced tomatoes, it also matters how you wrap the slices, and prep them for the refrigerator. For example, if you've opted to slice your tomato in half, you can either place the cut side of the tomato on a paper towel or cover the entire portion in plastic wrap before storing it in the refrigerator. In this instance, it may not require an airtight container if you've wrapped it instead.

If you've been perfecting your tomato-slicing technique, resulting in entire fruit being sliced, it's best to get your leftovers into an airtight container and then into the refrigerator as soon as possible. While it's always important to keep your tomato slices cool when storing them, you may not enjoy them as much fresh out of the refrigerator when they are still cold. Instead, rehabilitate your slices by taking them out of the refrigerator a half hour prior to use.

No matter how you choose to slice, and store your tomatoes, don't sleep on these delicious vegetables to add flavor, color, and freshness to your next tomato-infused meal.

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