30/11/2021

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How to Save Tomatoes From Getting Smushed in Your Tote Bag

After making the early morning trek to the farmers market, selecting the very best peak summer produce, and schlepping a bursting tote bag back home, finding a once-beauteous tomato smashed at the bottom of your bag is one of summer’s biggest little bummers. The solution: Make a tomato transportation device! Your heirlooms, cherries, and beefsteaks deserve it.

The good news is that it’s not that big of a deal, and the payoff of flawless, unblemished tomatoes is very much worth the extra step. It’s simple: Next time you head to the market, bring along a large shallow food storage container or baking pan—whatever best fits in your tote bag—lined with a clean kitchen towel that is dedicated to tomato transport. Shop strategically by buying tomatoes last, nestle them securely in their special vessel, and stow said vessel at the top of your tote, carefully stacked on top of hardier produce items like ears of corn, heads of broccoli, and other heavy farmers market finds like jars of honey and pickles. If your tote is overflowing, you can always just carry the tray separately so that your tomatoes and other delicate things like stone fruit can be separated from the rest of your haul with padded protection.

Whether you’re sliding your bag into the backseat of your car or hauling it on the subway, you can rest easy knowing that your tomatoes will be safe on the ride home. Not only does this method keep your ’maters intact, but it also helps to keep your tote organized, making unpacking that much easier. Thanks to your tomato transportation device, next time you’re assembling a tomato salad for a crowd, or taking a sunlit picture of your tomato toast for social media (no shame), you’ll no longer waste precious time and tomato by having to carve out bruised or mushy spots.

Speaking of tomato toast…

Tomato Toast with Chives and Sesame Seeds

Tomato Toast with Chives and Sesame Seeds

Sprinkle the chives, sesame seeds, and flaky salt with abandon.

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