The One Thing You’re NOT Doing with Your Paper Towels (But Should Be)

Paper towels belong in your refrigerator. Surprised? Hear us out!

We’re used to reaching for paper towels to mop up spills and wipe down surfaces, but they’re more versatile than a person might think! Whether it’s patting chicken dry to get super crispy skin, or seasoning a cast-iron skillet, paper towels come to the rescue in different ways. It turns out you can use paper towels in the fridge to help keep your vegetables fresh. Here’s how.

What Do I Have to Do?

It’s pretty simple—all you have to do is line your crisper drawer with paper towels before you tuck your produce in there. Then, replace the paper towel every time you put in a new batch of produce. This makes sure your vegetables stay fresher longer. It keeps the crisper drawer clean, too.

How Does This Work?

Lots of fruits and vegetables, including kale and zucchini, release water after they’re stored. This moisture has nowhere to go and stays in the crisper drawer, and you end up with sad, brown produce. The paper towels absorb the moisture, making sure you never have to deal with limp kale leaves again. Now, you’ll have plenty of fresh veg on hand for longer, which means fewer trips to the grocery store. (Check out this expert advice on how to avoid germs when grocery shopping during the pandemic.)

It’s important to remember to change out the paper towels frequently, otherwise they’ll go limp from the absorbed moisture and fall apart.

For more pro tips on keeping things fresh, find out how to stock your fridge if you want your food to last.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home