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How to Store a Bit of Tomato

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Q. What is the best way to store the remaining piece of a tomato that I've sliced for sandwiches. It always seems to get mushy before I get to use the rest of it.

A. There’s really no good way to store a piece of tomato — whole tomatoes are among the most perishable of vegetables. Cutting into it breaks down its cell walls and just speeds up the spoiling process. The natural inclination when you have anything leftover is to pop it into the refrigerator, but that just adds insult to injury; you never want to store a tomato in the refrigerator; the cold makes the flesh pulpy and harms the flavor.

(continued from home page) Buy smaller tomatoes, eat a bigger sandwich, or, better yet, invite someone for lunch and share your lovely tomato.

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