The Organized Crisper Drawer

March 14 2015

I won’t mince words – I’ll bet the vegetable drawer in your fridge is packed tight. I don’t mean you need to clean it out – or that you need to stop buying vegetables – but could it be better organized so that you’re not rifling through produce while doing dinner prep? And everybody’s hungry? And waiting? And you still can’t find that carrot bag?

All you need is a simple system – as a professional organizer I’m big on systems – and some pain-free maintenance techniques.

Use a designated drawer. It takes some maneuvering to figure out which veggies need humidity and which ones do not, but once you know what should go where, it’ll become second nature. Many fridges today offer two crisper drawer options: one for high humidity, one for low. What goes where? Greens and lettuces require higher humidity to keep their crunch fresh. But fruits should be kept in lower humidity, except for those apples. Store fresh apples in the back of the refrigerator, since they emit ethylene gas and will be quicken rot of some produce.

Pack your crisper drawer like you would a grocery bag. Heavy on the bottom (beets), fragile on the top (cilantro). That carrot bag? It should always be on the bottom. Not only will it steer clear of your fragile red-leaf lettuce but better yet, you’ll know exactly where it is.

That long thin drawer—it’s a great solution. Does your fridge have that long drawer that’s great to place food trays? Awesome. That’s where you should keep all your food that you’ll be cooking that night. If something has to remain frozen, leave it in the freezer portion, but it’s a great stress-reliever to open your fridge and know exactly what to use and where it is.

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