Shelf Life of
Tomatoes

How Long Do Tomatoes Last?

How Long Do Tomatoes Last?

Shelf Life of Tomatoes

How long do tomatoes last? The shelf life of tomatoes depends on the date picked or purchase since there is usually no sell by date, use by date or best before date attached anywhere to tomatoes. Scientifically speaking a tomato is a fruit, but when used in culinary terms the tomato is considered a vegetable. There’s nothing like tomatoes straight from the garden, but most of us must rely on stores for our fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes are a great source of phytonutrients which help keep the skin elastic to slow down aging and anti-oxidants to protect against damaging radicals. So, how long do tomatoes last past the purchase date? When properly stored, the shelf life of tomatoes past their date purchased is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Tomatoes last for 1 Week 2 Weeks
Canned Tomatoes last for 1 Year (Unopened) 7 Days (Opened)


How to tell if tomatoes are bad, rotten or spoiled?


Fresh tomatoes will begin to get soft and then may leak liquid when they are going bad. They may also begin to mold, at which point they have gone bad and you will want to throw them out.
Another problem you may experience with having fresh fruit on the counter is the sudden presence of fruit flies. Fruit Flies are tiny little flies that just hover around your fresh fruit basket. So, how do you get rid of fruit flies? To get rid of fruit flies, place a bowl of water with a teaspoon of vinegar in it next to the fruit basket at night. In the morning, all the fruit flies should be drown in the bowl. Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.

How to store tomatoes to extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Even though tomatoes are actually fruit, they are best kept in the refrigerator drawer that is marked for fresh produce. Keeping tomatoes in the refrigerator will make them last longer, but they will still wither over time. There are many varieties of tomatoes including grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and plum tomatoes. Plum tomatoes seems to last a little longer than all the rest because they have a firmer meat. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long are fresh tomatoes good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do fresh tomatoes last? That depends. How long does salad last? In general, fresh fruit is usually one of the quickest expiring ingredients in the dish that you’ve prepared. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long do tomatoes last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of tomatoes.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the tomato shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!