Any true tomato fan knows that you do not put them in the refrigerator. Cold temperatures cause tomatoes to lose their flavor, which is why so many that arrive in your home from a store are already bland.
But new scientific research has found there might be an unbelievably easy fix: a quick dip in hot water before they are ever chilled.
I have found that washing my tomatoes before putting them in the refrigerator (which arguably would be similar to putting them in warm water) makes them go bad faster.
The note about shipping tomatoes in a gas is a common practice for shipping produce. Lots are shipped in an environment without oxygen to delay ripening.