Produce drawers in your fridge


Resident Crone
I just came across this, and was shocked! Like many, I just put stuff in the refrigerator drawers wherever it fit, and never really understood what should go in each drawer. Maybe someone else can use it too.

High-Humidity Drawer

The high-humidity drawer should contain the following:
  • Produce sensitive to moisture loss.
  • Produce sensitive to ethylene gas.
Fruits and Vegetables to Keep in the High-Humidity Drawer
  • Bananas (unripe)
  • Belgian endive
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Herbs (cilantro, dill, parsley, thyme)
  • Leafy greens (kale, lettuces, spinach, Swiss chard, watercress)
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Watermelon
Low-Humidity Drawer

The low-humidity drawer should contain the following:
  • Produce not sensitive to moisture loss.
  • High-ethylene gas producers.
Fruits and Vegetables to Keep in the Low-Humidity Drawer
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas (ripe)
  • Cantaloupes
  • Figs
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kiwis
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Pears
  • Plantains
  • Stone fruits (apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums)
Finally, the drawers work best if they are at least two-thirds full, and we like to think of it as good motivation to have a supply of healthy foods around!