Place two or three layers of paper towels in large resealable plastic bag. Place short-stemmed fresh herbs, such as sage, basil or thyme, in bag; seal bag. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Purchasing Fresh Tomatoes
Ripe tomatoes should be firm and free of any soft spots, bruises or signs of mold. They should have bright shiny skins, feel heavy for their size and boast a lovely fresh tomato fragrance.
Vine-ripened tomatoes are very perishable. And since they tend to lose flavor when stored in the refrigerator, store them stem-sides down, at room temperature away from direct sunlight and use within a few days after purchase.