How to store tomatoes at home: 6 ways for fresh and processed vegetables

Tomato - is not only delicious, but useful vegetable
Tomato - is not only delicious, but useful vegetable

Delicious and juicy tomatoes - a product of the season? I assure you, they can be successfully stored in the home for a long time. I'll tell you how to store fresh tomatoes for the winter, using a simple and accessible way.

General rules

the desired grade

For long-term reserves is best to select specific varieties of tomatoes. For these purposes, ideal srednepozdnie and late varieties. For example, varieties:

  • "New Year" perfectly preserved until the New Year;
  • «Giraffe "and" Long Kiper " generally can be stored until spring.
Successful storage of tomato depends on correctly selected varieties
Successful storage of tomato depends on correctly selected varieties

When buying an interest, as the vegetables were grown. Tomatoes grown on open ground, can be stored for much longer greenhouses.

Storage conditions

The optimum for long term storage of tomato is the temperature + 8... +10 ° C and humidity 80%.

To keep the tomatoes a little longer, keep them in a cool and dark
To keep the tomatoes a little longer, keep them in a cool and dark

The thing is that these vegetables are very sensitive to temperature. This stems from the volatile substances that provide the characteristic intense taste, and very sensitive to decrease or increase the temperature. In case of violation of the thermal balance of the tomatoes become lethargic and lose their flavor.

Storage

Where to store tomatoes - a very important question. It is best suited for this cool, dark place: the basement, closet, shelf for vegetables in the refrigerator, the space under the bed.

If you do not have a cellar or closet, safely submit their inventories under the bed
If you do not have a cellar or closet, safely submit their inventories under the bed

Preparing vegetables

Before sending your vegetables for long term storage they need to be carefully sorted out. Select only the whole fruit, preferably milk ripeness - almost green tomatoes, which have already grown to a characteristic of the variety and size are just beginning to blush.

In the photo - the example of lactic ripeness of fruits
In the photo - the example of lactic ripeness of fruits

To destroy all harmful germs on the surface of the fruit, each vegetable wipe with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or vodka.

How to keep tomatoes

Fresh tomatoes can be stored in different ways.

Method 1. In boxes

  1. Take a wooden or plastic boxes with slatted floor. Boxes must be clean and dry.
  2. Cover the their paper.
  3. You can put up vegetables peduncles, shifting each row of paper.
  4. For the best effect can be wrapped in paper each fruit.
  5. Fill a box with sawdust or wood peat.
Keeping in boxes - the easiest and most reliable way
Keeping in boxes - the easiest and most reliable way

Method 2. Tomatoes for New Year's table

If you are thinking how to keep fresh tomatoes until the New Year, this method is most appropriate:

  1. Select tomatoes lactic ripeness.
  2. Wrap each vegetable in black paper.
  3. Place in a drawer.
  4. Perestelite straw.
  5. Store in a dark tomatoes is well-ventilated room at + 8... +10 ° C.
  6. To expose the ripening tomatoes in the right amount of light and warm place for 5-10 days.
Straw perfectly protects vegetables from rotting and harmful bacteria
Straw perfectly protects vegetables from rotting and harmful bacteria

Method 3. The gradual maturation

  1. Arrange the tomatoes peduncles up in a cool place with good lighting.
  2. Wait until the vegetables ripen and are ready for use.
If you put near the green tomatoes ripe fruit ripening will occur faster
If you put near the green tomatoes ripe fruit ripening will occur faster

Method 4. banks

Save ripe tomatoes can be in glass jars, using available products, whose price - a penny:

Picture Description
table_pic_att14934113968 method 1

Pour vegetables with a solution of water, salt and vinegar in a ratio of 8: 1: 1.

table_pic_att14934113979 method 2

Pour tomatoes sunflower oil, which should cover the vegetables per 1 cm.

table_pic_att149341139810 method 3

Clean and dry fruits fold in the jar, sprinkling each layer spoon mustard powder.

At the three-liter jar must leave at least 6 tablespoons of mustard.

Method 5. In a saucepan,

  1. Sort the fruits of maturity and size.
  2. Cut ripe vegetables into large pieces.
  3. Lay vegetables layers: a layer of chopped tomatoes, salt layer wholes, salt.
  4. Repeat the operation until the filling of the container.
To store the tomatoes perfectly fit large pots
To store the tomatoes perfectly fit large pots

Regardless of the chosen method, do not forget to periodically inspect their inventories. If a tomato begins to deteriorate - it needs to be removed immediately so that it does not infect others.

Method 6. In the fridge

Alas, the fridge - not the best place to store tomatoes. Here, the shelf life of tomatoes reaches a maximum of 7 days:

  • To soured vegetables, wrap each fruit in a paper, and keep at a distance from each other.
  • It is best to place the tomatoes on the bottom shelf or in a tray of vegetables in a single layer - so that the vegetables are choked.
  • Plastic bag retains moisture and can cause premature spoilage of tomato.
In the refrigerator Tomatoes are better placed in a special vegetable tray
In the refrigerator Tomatoes are better placed in a special vegetable tray

Storage of heat-treated tomato

Tomatoes are perfect not only in fresh form. Cured, dried, canned and pickled tomatoes with your hands can be an excellent addition to any dish. Instructions thermally processed tomato storage will help to understand all the intricacies.

Picture instruction
table_pic_att149341140012 Sun-dried tomatoes:
  1. Keep the sun-dried tomatoes in a dense cotton bag.
  2. Place the vegetables in a plastic container and fill them with olive oil. Keep refrigerated container.
  3. Put the sun-dried tomatoes in a freezer. But be prepared for the fact that during defrosting vegetables lose color.
table_pic_att149341140113 Dried tomatoes:
  1. Dried tomatoes can be stored as dried fruit - in the cotton bag.
  2. Place the vegetables in a jar and close it with waxed paper. Fill the paper with wax or resin.
  3. Store dried tomatoes can be in a dark and cool place. To do this, take any container, its bottom Cover the paper and pour tomatoes.
  4. Put the dried tomatoes in sterilized jars. Add to any spices (salt, pepper, dill, garlic) and fill it with refined oil. Close the lid hexanoic or polyethylene.
table_pic_att149341140214 Canned and pickled tomatoes:

For many, this will be news, but keep canned tomatoes can be no more than 12 months. Pickled tomatoes may lie in the barrel is not more than 8 months.

Preservation well kept at room temperature (suitable storage) and fermented tomatoes - low (in the basement, a refrigerator).

Pickled tomatoes can retain their taste and 8 months
Pickled tomatoes can retain their taste and 8 months

Tomatoes can be stored in the freezer. Such an embodiment is suitable for preparing various dishes. Except for salads, of course.

Summary

As you have seen, to store tomatoes can be, knowing the best way for those or other fruits. The video in this article you will find still a lot of useful tips on processing tomatoes.

If you know of any other ways of storing tomatoes, waiting for them in the comments.

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