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Which produce items are stored in the high- and low-humidity refrigerator drawers?

 

Q. I have two produce drawer, one is higher humidity. What should/should not be stored in this compartment?

 

A. Produce that wilts, like leafy greens and herbs, are intended for the high-humidity drawer. The closed window maintains the humidity keeping greens crisper longer.

 

Produce that emit ethylene gas, like apples and pears, can be stored in the low-humidity drawer once ripe.  It’s best to keep high ethylene gas produce separated from other produce in the refrigerator. See Which Fruits & Veggies Should Not Be Stored Together 

 

 

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