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It sure seems like everyone’s been growing a lot of tomatoes lately, doesn’t it?

When you think about it, it makes a degree of sense. For a number of reasons, gardening has become a popular hobby lately even among people in more urban areas without a lot of space to grow. As a result, tomatoes have become a common sight among a lot of backyard and indoor gardens due to how easy they are to grow, and how resilient they are even in less-agreeable climates (like we have up here in Michigan).

Of course, when the growing season is over and it comes time to pluck all those big beefsteaks you’ve been growing, there’s one question that comes to everyone’s mind: where am I going to keep all these tomatoes?

 Good question.

 

Storing Tomatoes After Gardening Season Is Over

 

Before you can get too far into the tomato-storing process, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions. The first being, how do I want to store them? Storing whole tomatoes long-term is a bit of a different process from something like storing sliced tomatoes or canned tomatoes, so figuring out exactly what form you need your tomatoes to be in will help inform the rest of the process. (In our experience, storing whole tomatoes allows you to make better decisions as to what to use them for later, but obviously your circumstances will differ on this.)

 

From there, you’ll want to prepare a room to store them in. For the most part, tomatoes grown outside can keep just fine at room temperature, which means you’ll need to clear out some space in an area that’s consistently the right temperature, like a corner of the kitchen or a finished basement (so long as the temperature is consistent).

You’ll also need to make sure you have the right sort of storage for them. We suggest using something that can stand up to potential moisture and germs like wire shelving, baker’s racks, or kitchen carts. Anything that’s mostly metal that won’t rust or spread germs and bugs is ideal to keep your tomatoes fresh for longer.

 

Now you just need something to keep the tomatoes in. Sliced tomatoes (or anything you’ve already turned into sauce) can be jarred up, but whole tomatoes can be kept in a plastic storage bin, stacked vertically and separated by layers of newspaper to help maintain freshness.

After this, you just need to make sure they’re not exposed to any moisture or direct sunlight, and they should be fresh for up to six months! (Imagine all the sandwiches or pizzas you could make in that time!)

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