What's Really Supposed to Go In Your Refrigerator's Humidity Drawers

Keep your foods fresh longer.

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You can stretch your grocery dollars by placing your fruits and veggies in the correct drawers in your fridge.

Most humidity drawers have an adjustable control that lets you toggle between low and high.

With a few exceptions, the general rule is to store fruit in low humidity and vegetables in high humidity.

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If you're like us, you're guilty of storing fruits and veggies in your refrigerator's bottom drawers without much thought about what goes where. But paying attention to what the crispers are meant for can actually extend food's freshness.

Most humidity drawers have an adjustable control that lets you toggle between low and high. The low setting opens a small window to let air in; the high setting traps humidity by keeping that window closed. The general rule is to store fruit in low humidity and vegetables in high humidity. Exceptions to the rule include citrus, strawberries, and raspberries,which keep best in a humid setting.

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Why the emphasis on humidity? Some fruits and vegetables create their own, Electrolux director of program management Greg Evans told , by releasing gas as it ripens. Too much humidity can cause nearby produce to rot. Another way to think of it is rot=low, wilt=high. Greens with the tendency to wilt, like lettuce, parsley, and spinach, need high humidity; rot-prone fruit like apples, bananas, peaches, and plums belong in low humidity.

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Keeping low- and high-humidity produce separate helps ensure that gas-producing apples, for instance, don't cause salad greens to go limp. The simple reminder stretches grocery dollars by ensuring food is consumed before it goes bad, and you'll have less to toss when cleaning out the fridge.

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