IF you do the grocery shopping at home, you know the frustration of watching your veggies wilt or fruit go bad just days after it was purchased.
Some hacks involve soaking your ingredients in vinegar or transferring them into airtight containers, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to do all these steps.
One woman named Alyssa Barber, who goes by @newlifestyle on TikTok, is focused on saving money and living as sustainably as possible.
She revealed a little-known fact about refrigerators that will solve many of your food waste problems.
“Ok stop just using this as a random drawer in your fridge because it can actually save you money and food waste,” she said while pointing to the classic middle drawer that we often blindly place ingredients in.
There is actually a “moisture control” knob on many of these drawers that lets you control the amount of humidity it breeds.
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“The low humidity setting keeps the vent nice and open and you keep things in there that rot easily.”
Foods like apples, avocados, blueberries, citrus, grapes, kiwi, melon, mushrooms, and pears would do well in a low humidity environment.
“High humidity is going to close the vent, keep it nice and moist in there, and this is great for anything that wilts.”
Foods like peas, peppers, zucchini, cauliflower, cucumber, leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus should be kept in a high humidity drawer.
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So, depending on which food you have on hand, adjust the knob accordingly.
“And without spending an extra penny your food is going to be lasting longer.”
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