7. Separate Fruits and Vegetables in High-Humidity and Low-Humidity Crisper Drawers
Storing vegetables in your fridge can be a little tricky if you’re not familiar with humidity levels. Some crisper drawers are designed with different humidity levels to help preserve freshness and prolong the life of your produce. As a general rule to organize your refrigerator properly, produce that is thin skinned should be stored at a higher humidity level. So, leafy greens, herbs, broccoli, asparagus, citrus and ethylene-sensitive produce like strawberries should be stored where moisture is higher.
Ethylene gas is a natural hormone that certain fruits and vegetables release as they ripen. When exposed to other produce, these “ethylene emitters” can hasten rotting, so they need to be stored separately at lower humidity levels to slow the ripening process. Store apples, avocados, pears, melons and stone fruits in the low-humidity drawer.
Additionally, select KitchenAid® refrigerators feature the Preserva® Food Care System that has two independent cooling systems—one dedicated to the refrigeration unit to help keep food fresh longer, and a separate one for frozen food.
These models are also equipped with the FreshFlow™ Air Filter that helps to minimize odors, and the FreshFlow™ Produce Preserver that helps delay over-ripening.