Use it in pasta sauce, cook it down with meat, juice it, or make a salad.
No matter how you eat them, tomatoes are delicious. Unfortunately, however, they are sometimes hit or miss.
They may be watery, or have an acidic taste. If possible, we want to buy tomatoes that avoid these problems.
In this article, I would like to introduce five points that I usually pay attention to when and after buying tomatoes.
(1) Look for local growers
Look for local tomatoes at specialty stores and farmers’ markets. Look for local growers, even smaller growers.
(2) Look for those grown in soil.
They are grown in soil, not hydroponics, in rich soil, in a sunny location, not in a greenhouse, and harvested at the optimum time. It is also important that they are organically grown.
(3) Look for color, aroma, and tension.
When buying tomatoes, choose those with a beautiful color, good aroma, taut skin, and slightly elastic flesh.
Also, tomatoes in supermarkets and grocery stores are for sale, of course, so don’t just put your nose close to them to check their aroma. A good tomato can be felt and smelled by lifting it lightly with the hand.
(4) Do not refrigerate them.
Do not refrigerate them after you buy them. Excessive chilling can destroy the cell walls and make the fruit watery.
If you are going to put them in the refrigerator, chill them after cooking.
If you are using them in a salad, put them in the refrigerator the day before. Or you can cook it as a salad and then put it in the freezer for a short time to cool.
And avoid direct sunlight.
(5) Eat as soon as possible.
Even if you keep the previous points in mind, if you leave tomatoes unattended, they will, of course, be damaged. Try to eat them within a few days, for example, in salads as soon as you buy them, in grilled dishes the next day, and in stews the day after that.
Homemade tomatoes are the best!
I have introduced some things to keep in mind when purchasing commercial tomatoes, but I believe the best tasting tomatoes are homemade tomatoes. If you have ever grown a vegetable garden, you know that tomatoes from your own garden taste the best. However, if you don’t have the space or time to grow tomatoes, this tip will help you get the best tasting tomatoes.