Not all vegetables and fruit last the same amount of time. Some produce, like garlic, potatoes, and onions should not even be stored in refrigerators. Try the following recommendations if you want your produce to last longer in your refrigerator.
Check the temperature setting
The refrigerator may have been set to a lower temperature than required. The recommended temperature is around 4 °C to 5 °C.
Store food properly
Liquids or food containing liquid might be contributing to moisture forming inside. Also, foods like lettuce and fruit release moisture inside the appliance as they cool down. Moisture is the number one reason for food to spoil. To avoid this, wrap these items in paper towels and always store food in sealed, refrigerator-safe and moisture-proof containers or wraps.
Adjust the humidity vents on your crisper
The refrigerator's crispers are designed to keep your produce fresh by preserving humidity. Most crispers have adjustable vents to better preserve different kinds of produce.
Thin-skinned or leafy vegetables should be kept in more humid environments, which can be achieved by closing the vents.
Most fruit lasts longer in drier environments, so they should be kept in less humid compartments with open vents.
Adjust the vents to achieve the ideal levels of moisture circulation for what you’re storing.
Avoid storing wet produce
Bacteria grow much easier and faster in damp environments. Wash fruit and veggies right before consuming them. If they have been washed already, dry them before storing them in the refrigerator.
Keep different kinds of food separate
Placing ripe or overly rip produce next to other produce may cause them to spoil. Try to keep different kinds of produce in separate places. Keeping fruit and vegetables separate is also helpful.
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