USE THE CRISPER DRAWER (AND ITS HUMIDITY SETTINGS)
Nearly every standard refrigerator comes with crisper drawers, which keep produce cooler than the rest of the refrigerator and protect them from the warm air that comes in when you open the door. "Some people put drinks and cheese in them, but the crisper really is the best place to keep your fruits and vegetables," says vegetarian chef Amy Chaplin. If your crisper has a humidity setting, experiment with it. Fruits and vegetables emit a gas call ethylene (a ripening agent), so the trick to make your produce last longer is to make sure you store together the ones that emit similar levels of ethylene. Here’s a quick guide. Set the humidity setting in your crisper drawer to high for these non-ethylene gas emitters: leafy Greens, spinach, arugula, basil, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Set the humidity setting in your crisper drawer to medium for these medium ethylene gas emitters: melons, lemons, limes and oranges. Set the humidity setting in your crisper drawer to low for these high ethylene gas emitters: apples, grapes, mushrooms, peppers, squash, avocados and pears.
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