If you aspire to healthy living and clean eating, you may be stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables on your trips to the grocery store or farmer’s market. It can be frustrating when these items wilt or go bad before you are able to use them. It is maddening when they disappear, forgotten, into the bottom of your refrigerator only to be discovered when they are long past their prime. The crisper drawers at the bottom of your refrigerator are designed to keep your produce fresh and delicious for the maximum amount of time. Yet many of us aren’t aware of how to properly use these drawers. Follow these tips to get the most value from your produce and keep it fresh as long as possible.
9. Two Types of Crispers
Many refrigerators come with adjustable vents to control the amount of airflow around the contents of your crisper drawers. These vents can be adjusted to allow high-humidity or low-humidity conditions inside the drawers. When you shut off the airflow to the drawer, you create a high-humidity environment. Conversely, allowing airflow to the drawer creates a low-humidity environment. If you have more than one drawer, you can benefit from creating separate environments for the types of produce you have on hand.
8. Ethylene Gas and Produce
Sometimes produce goes bad quickly due to ethylene gas given off by certain fruits. Bananas, apples, and other fruits produce ethylene gas during the ripening process. This gas then affects other fruits by speeding up the ripening process. This is a good thing if you are wanting to speed the ripening of an avocado. This is not such a good thing when you want to prevent ripening to maintain freshness. In this case, you will want to store fruits that release ethylene gas in separately in your refrigerator to prevent the gas from escaping and ruining other produce.