Oct 15 2010 When I told office mates a story of how I foolishly committed to buying a 50-pound crate of tomatoes, someone wound up broaching the issue of storing them. As it turns out, people are rather split on whether or not tomatoes should be refrigerated. I've kept the delicate fruit at room temperature ever since hearing from a source that refrigeration makes tomatoes mealy. My boss, however, is a firm believer that chilling items like cherry tomatoes actually helps keep them fresh and prolong their shelf life. Do you store tomatoes in the icebox?