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Crisper storage for fresher produce

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A crisper drawer in the refrigerator can be your best friend when it comes to keeping your produce fresh.  This special compartment, which can be found in modern fridges like the Electrolux Nutrifresh range, prevents moisture from escaping, and can specifically regulate the humidity in the compartment to keep your foods fresher for longer.

Most vegetables are best kept in places where the humidity level is relatively high, since this helps to keep water vapour in. That’s why keeping them in other fridge compartments is not recommended – they will dry out and shrivel up more quickly.

That’s also why the crisper is usually a separate compartment with adjustable humidity. It helps fruits and vegetables retain their water and texture, keeping them crisp. Fridges like the Electrolux Nutrifresh take it one step further, with a Nutrilight feature that helps produce keep for longer while increasing their vitamin content.

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Storing  vegetables in the right humidity and temperature is the key to keeping them fresh for a longer period of time. 

Don’t just throw all your greens and fruits haphazardly into the crisper however, there’s a smarter way to utilising the storage space in your crisper.

Fruits vs Vegetables

Vegetables, especially leafy ones, are more prone to drying out since they have more surface area. Fruits and vegetables with a thicker skin on them like capsicums,  don’t dry out as quickly. This is why fruits require a lower humidity than leafy greens.

If you only have one crisper drawer and need to separate the fruit from the veggies, consider storing the fruits in Tupperware or Ziploc bags lined with a paper towel to absorb the moisture.

Mind the gas

Fruits and vegetables that emit ethylene gas like apples and pears will speed up the process of ripening in other foods they are stored with. While handy if you’re looking to ripen some fruit, the gas could also speed up the spoilage process for them.  So basically, when choosing where and how to store produce, mind the gas.

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Electrolux refrigerators come with crisper drawers whose humidity can be adjusted for optimal storage of vegetables.

Sort the produce

A general rule of thumb is to use low humidity settings for produce that spoil easily. This usually means fruits and vegetables that emit ethylene gas. This could be apples, tomatoes, strawberries and avocados. If the crisper drawer has a window, leave it open so the gas can escape.

Produce prone to wilting should be stored in a crisper with a high humidity setting. This will be leafy greens like spinach, arugula and basil. Keep any windows closed to hold the water vapour in the crisper.

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