Unfortunately, the price of our fresh produce has risen over the last
few years, and this makes the effective preservation of our food a priority.
After all, no-one wants to spend good money on food and then throw it away
because it goes bad. The best way to protect your produce in a refrigerator is
to use a humidity drawer. In this article, we will explain what a humidity
drawer is and how it works so that you can make an informed purchasing
What is a Humidity Drawer?
This is a compartment inside your refrigerator that will regulate the
humidity levels to keep the produce fresher. Different types of produce require
differing levels of humidity to keep them at optimum freshness for longer
periods of time. A humidity drawer is sometimes known as a crisper drawer, and
it can significantly extend the lifespan of produce. This will negate the need
to buy produce more often, and it will save you money by reducing waste.
How Does a Humidity Drawer Work?
A humidity drawer has a sliding mechanism that can be adjusted to alter
the level of humidity inside. This is useful because different types of produce
react to humidity in differing ways making it hard to store certain types of
produce together. For this reason, many people now have multiple humidity drawers
dedicated to different types of produce that can be stored together safely.
There are two main types of humidity drawer settings available; they are high
and low humidity drawers.
This drawer setting is ideal for produce that is not sensitive to
losing moisture and that emit a certain level of ethylene gas. When you need
this setting, open up the window, and the moisture and any ethylene gas in the
drawer can easily escape. A low humidity drawer setting is ideal for produce,
such as avocados, apples, figs, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, papayas, mangoes,
apples, plantains, pears and any stone fruit (plums, peaches, nectarines, and
apricots). There are some fruits that do better outside of the refrigerator,
such as apples, pineapple, pomegranates, banana, plantains, papayas, mangos,
and stone fruit. As an example: an apple can easily last outside the
refrigerator if it’s consumed within a week.
This is a drawer setting for any stored produce that needs more
moisture and is sensitive to losing ethylene gas. Closing the window will lock
in all the moisture, and this will help your produce to stay fresh and crisp
for much longer. This is an ideal setting to store produce such as broccoli,
carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, cucumbers, herbs, green beans, leafy greens,
peppers, strawberries, peas, okra, watermelon, summer squash, and brussels
Produce Storage Tips
Many fruits give off ethylene gas, which acts as a ripening agent, but
it can spoil certain types of vegetables if they are stored in the same
humidity drawer. Dividing up your produce according to the produce types listed
above will help your items to last longer. It makes good sense to have at least
one dedicated low and high humidity drawer to keep produce separate for
Citrus fruits are a separate case, and they need to be handled in a
different way. These types of fruit prefer extremely low levels of humidity,
and they don’t store well even in a low humidity drawer. The best way to store
citrus fruit is in your refrigerator but not in a crisper drawer.
Tracking the contents of your refrigerator makes goods sense, and it
will help you to avoid food waste. A modern smart refrigerator can help you to
track expiration dates, provide a digital display of the contents, and help you
to create a shopping list. This can then be sent to an app on your phone, and
you can refer to it at the store.