You’ll wonder why you’ve never heard this before.

It’s always frustrating to buy fresh produce at the farmer’s market only to have it spoil (seemingly) hours later. On this week’s episode of “Things Cooks Know,” hosts Sarah Humphreys and Sarah Karnasiewicz tackle that very problem, offering smart tricks to remember when buying and storing this summer staple. Says Karnasiewicz: It’s better to buy a tomato that hasn’t been refrigerated and to not put them into the fridge when you get home. To keep them fresh for as long as possible, take a tip from Cook’s Illustrated: After experimenting with storing tomatoes stem-side down or stem-side up, they found that tomatoes stored with the stem facing down lasted longer.

Once you’re ready to cook with your fresh tomatoes, take the tips from the episode to make the best tomato sandwich of all time, an easy, delicious panzanella, and a no-cook, summery pasta sauce. For more tomato inspiration, see our 10 favorite recipes here! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes.