You may not think much about the crisper or veggie drawers in your refrigerator, but they do serve a purpose – they control humidity and keep your produce from drying out.
The website “The Takeout,” spoke to representatives at Whirlpool and Samsung for the article about how crisper drawers keep your produce fresh.
“In the regular shelves of your fridge, humidity diffuses into the air or gets sucked into a fan,” according to an article on The Takeout.
In a crisper drawer, that humidity is contained, to keep your leafy greens and thin-skinned produce fresher for a longer period of time.
How to use the Crisper Drawer Humidity Dial Settings
Some models of refrigerators come with crisper drawers with humidity dial settings. The dial controls how much air flow is allowed into the drawers. Low humidity means more air is allowed inside the drawer, making the environment drier and allowing any natural ethylene gases produced by fruits and veggies to escape.
For higher humidity settings, the moist air inside the drawer is prevented from escaping. Moisture in the air is added by the fruits and vegetables themselves.
How to Keep Your Produce Fresher, Longer
All produce give off a natural ethylene gas as they begin to ripen, but some fruits and vegetables are more sensitive to this gas than others. Storing these items together could cause your produce to spoil more quickly and that wastes money. So it’s important to organize these fruits and vegetables into separate crisper drawers to keep them at peak freshness.
Leafy green vegetables like lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, and herbs can be together in the same drawer using a high humidity setting to keep them from drying out and spoiling. Fruits like strawberries and watermelon can also be stored in high humidity drawers as well.
Fruits like apples, peaches, pears, melons and avocados (yes, it’s a fruit!), can be stored together in the same crisper drawers, using a low humidity setting.
In addition to separating fruits and vegetables into separate bins, you can try a specially designed filter that helps absorb ethylene gases and helps your produce last up to four days longer.
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