When you fill the produce and crisper drawers in your refrigerator with fruits and vegetables, there’s one more thing you should add: a sheet of newspaper or a torn-up brown paper shopping bag. The addition of thick, porous paper on the bottom of the drawer does two things: First, it helps cushion produce and prevent bruising; and second, it absorbs a gas called ethylene, which the produce gives off as it ripens. Too much ethylene can cause all of your fruits and veggies to over-ripen very quickly. This little trick can help you cut back on food waste and save money, too.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION