7. High-Humidity Produce
Certain types of produce thrive in an environment with a high level of humidity. These are items that tend to wilt if they are not kept in a moist environment. Keep your leafy greens like spinach, kale, and lettuce in the high-humidity crisper drawer of your refrigerator. This drawer is also a great place to store fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley. Additionally, vegetables with thin skins like eggplant and asparagus will do well here. Green beans, bell peppers, and strawberries are items that are sensitive to ethylene gas. Keep them in the high-humidity compartment to prevent ethylene gas from reaching them.
6. Low-Humidity Produce
While some types of produce thrive in moist conditions, others will better maintain freshness in a low-humidity environment. Keep the airflow circulating in your low-humidity crisper drawer to maximize the freshness of ethylene-producing items like apples, apricots, plums, and tomatoes. Store figs, kiwi, peaches, and plums in this drawer as well. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping your refrigerator at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to maintain the freshness and safety of perishable foods.
5. Filling the Crisper Drawers
To maintain maximum freshness of the produce within, do not overfill or underfill your crisper drawers. Refrigerator crisper drawers function best when filled about 2/3 full. Packing drawers too tightly increases the likelihood that items will be crushed or forgotten. It also prevents airflow around fruits that require lower humidity. Drawers that are not full enough are drawers that could be filled with delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies to fuel your family. While many types of produce have short shelf lives, others are hardier and can be kept for weeks or even months. Beets, sweet potatoes, and carrots are veggies that can hang out in your fridge for longer periods of time.