How To Utilize Your Crisper Drawers

Posted by The Appliance Parts Experts on 3/11/2016 to Appliance Maintenance

When it comes to storing fresh foods inside your crisper drawers, it’s important you pay attention to the humidity levels. Certain fruits and vegetables contain different gases and spoil when exposed to different temperatures and humidity levels; therefore they should be stored accordingly.

                Vegetables and fruits that are sensitive to ethylene gas and to a loss of moisture should be kept in a high humidity drawer, as well as anything that is susceptible to wilting. When the humidity is set to high, the window is closed completely allowing for moisture to be contained. This results in certain fruits; such as strawberries and watermelon, and most vegetables staying fresh for longer.

                Low humidity crisper drawers should be used for produce that isn’t sensitive to loss of moisture, and produce that contain high levels of ethylene gas. When the humidity is set on low, the window is opened all the way, which allows for the ethylene gas to be released from the drawer. By releasing the ethylene gas from the drawer, these produce are capable of a longer shelf life.

                Produce generally stored in the low humidity drawer include: apples, mangoes, pears, ripe bananas, and honeydew. Common produce included in high humidity drawers are: unripe bananas, broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, carrots and other vegetables. For best results crisper drawers should be about 2/3 of the way filled. If you are in need of a crisper drawer for your refrigerator, we have them available for purchase here:

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