Are You Using Your Fridge’s Crisper Drawers the Correct Way?

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Like most refrigerators on the market right now, my fridge has two crisper drawers down there at the bottom labeled for produce.

Mine are extra fancy, and even have a little humidity slider where I can choose between “fruit” and “vegetables.” I’ve seen some that slide between “high humidity” and “low humidity,” as well as some that are just labeled without sliders.

Look, I’m not claiming to be a refrigerator expert here. I stared at those little sliders for a really long time before I ever stopped to think about what they actually do.

In fact, I have a confession to make: for years, I just had a bunch of fruits and vegetables thrown into one drawer, while the other was filled to the brim with random sodas and juice boxes. I’m willing to bet that most other people out there also have no idea what to do with their fridge’s crisper drawers, either.

Does anyone really know what to do with those drawers? Or are we all just filling them haphazardly and hoping for the best?

Let’s talk about crisper drawers and how to take full advantage of them.

So, What Does a Crisper Drawer Do, Exactly?

Well, if you use it like intended, those drawers actually help keep your food fresh for longer. They’re actually supposed to help keep your delicate fruits and hearty vegetables fresh for the longest period of time possible.

And of course, not every fruit and vegetable needs the same settings. That’s why there are actually two different kinds of crisper drawers: a high-humidity drawer and a low-humidity drawer.

High-Humidity Crisper Drawers

In general, vegetables usually require higher humidity. Though, some fruits can also go in here, too.

It’s for produce that’s sensitive to moisture loss, or produce that’s sensitive to ethylene gas — the stuff that causes them to ripen faster. This is where you should toss veggies like cabbage, leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, green beans, eggplant, cucumbers, or herbs.

Some fruits, like strawberries, unripe bananas, and watermelon are also good here, too. These fruits are sensitive to ethylene gas that other fruits give off. Sitting too close to other fruits emitting ethylene gas can cause them to go bad a lot quicker.

Low-Humidity Crisper Drawers

The low-humidity drawer is the best spot for most of your fruits. It’s used for produce that isn’t sensitive to moisture loss.

This is where things like apples, pears, peaches, blueberries, kiwis, cantaloupes, avocados, and nectarines go.

I know it’s a lot easier to just haphazardly throw whatever produce you’ve got into a drawer, but just trust me on this. Once you start using the crisper drawers as they were intended, you’ll start seeing fresh produce last longer.

Not only does that mean less food waste, but it also means saving yourself some serious cash. After all, wasted produce is just like throwing cash in the trash.

So, let’s start using those crisper drawers for fruits and veggies, instead of whatever won’t fit on the fridge door!