After wasting more money than I care to admit on produce, I decided it was about time I learned the correct uses for my refrigerator's humidity drawers.

Being a huge fan of salad and pretty much all types of fresh veggies and fruits, I noticed some last longer than others in my two refrigerator humidity drawers (which are also called crispers or crisper drawers). But what is the difference between the High Humidity and Low Humidity drawers?

  • Things that tend to rot should go in the low humidity drawer.
  • Things that wilt should go into the high humidity drawer.

Did that help? It didn't really help me either, so let's break it down further.

Foods to store in High Humidity Drawer: 

  • bananas
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cilantro (and other herbs)
  • cucumbers
  • lettuce (and other types of leafy greens)
  • okra
  • peas
  • peppers
  • strawberries

Food to store in Low Humidity Drawer:

  • apples
  • apricots
  • avocados
  • cantaloupes
  • figs
  • honeydews
  • kiwis
  • mangoes
  • peaches
  • plums

If you're looking for more of scientific explanation, a better breakdown and/or more foods that should be stored where, check out the kitchn.