Originally Posted by BobBrisket
They will get soft out in the air but should turn red as well. They will actually get quite soft as they are dehydrating. The key is to catch them before the molding. You may want to try the bag method first for a few days then to open air to help keep the mold away. Also, it's best to do this with the stems on. Once that stem is removed, that open area is more suseptible to mold. Now it's just a matter of finding the right time span.
Oh, also, the (clear) plastic bag was in direct sunlight in the afternoon as it was next to a window - I wonder if the light had anything to do with it?
Stems were left on Bob, and thanks for the info on the softening - no mold on the hanging ones and I think the moisture in the somewhat water tight environment had a factor on the mold and since paper breathes better...