Freedomroo – Mother discovers warning about little-known compartment in her fridge

A mother has discovered a warning about a 'chiller' compartment in her fridge, leaving many divided over what to store in a small drawer

Mum discovers warning about the ‘chilled room’ compartment of her fridge – and the mistake everyone makes with their crisper

  • A mother has discovered a warning about a compartment in fridge
  • Realised she was not supposed to store fruits and vegetables in ‘chilled’ drawer
  • The chiller is typically designed to store red meats, raw chicken and seafood

A mum has discovered a warning label that means she has been making a life-long mistake about the placement of food in the fridge.

The warning label said fresh fruits and vegetables should not be kept in the ‘chilled room’ compartment, which is typically located at the top of a standard fridge.

‘So I’ve had my fridge for well over 10 years and I’ve only just read this label oops,’ the mother wrote in a Facebook group.

‘I’ve been keeping apples and avocados in there and getting annoyed that I can only keep them in the front of the drawer otherwise they freeze.’

A mother has discovered a warning about a ‘chiller’ compartment in her fridge, leaving many divided over what to store in a small drawer

What can you store in your chiller drawer? 

A chiller room or drawer is much colder than the fridge’s main compartment and crisper drawers.

It provides the best conditions for keeping red meat or raw chicken chilled, cheese fresh and even seafood like fish.

Other items stored in this compartment include drinks, eggs and cured meats.

She asked other Facebook users what they usually keep in the chilled room drawer.

‘We put meats and drinks (beer and white wine) in that drawer,’ one woman wrote, while another added: ‘I’ve gone between cheese, meats, school snacks, chocolates… now it’s disposable waters.’

Many said they usually store cured meats, cheese, butter, bacon, dips, eggs as well as beverages.

‘I keep extra drinks that don’t fit in the fridge door. It’s like my backup area of the fridge – however I do keep vegetables in there also (front of the drawer),’ one wrote.

Chiller drawers are much colder than the fridge’s main compartment and crisper drawers.

They are designed for storing red meats, raw chicken and seafood like fish, with the separate section preventing cross-contamination of bacteria and odours.

The woman was stunned when she realised upon reading the warning sign she was not suppose to store fresh fruits and vegetables in the 'chilled room', which is typically located at the top of the fridge (stock imagine showing eggs sitting in the chiller)

The woman was stunned when she realised upon reading the warning sign she was not suppose to store fresh fruits and vegetables in the ‘chilled room’, which is typically located at the top of the fridge (stock imagine showing eggs sitting in the chiller)

Dietitian Alena Kharlamenko said crisper drawers typically feature two settings - low-humidity (left) and high-humidity (right). Low-humidity drawers prevents foods that 'rot easily' while high-humidity is great for any foods that wilt like leafy vegetables

Dietitian Alena Kharlamenko said crisper drawers typically feature two settings – low-humidity (left) and high-humidity (right). Low-humidity drawers prevents foods that ‘rot easily’ while high-humidity is great for any foods that wilt like leafy vegetables

What you should put in your crisper drawers 

Dietitian Alena Kharlamenko said crisper drawers typically feature two settings – low-humidity and high-humidity. 

Low-humidity drawers prevents foods that ‘rot easily’ – including apples and pears, stone fruits like peaches and nectarines, melons, kiwis and avocados.

While the high-humidity drawer is great for any foods that wilt such as leafy vegetables like spinach and parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans and asparagus and strawberries.

If your fridge features one large crisper drawer, Ms Kharlamenko said you need to choose whether you want to adjust the setting as low or high.

‘By doing this, you’re either opening a vent (low humidity) and letting humidity out, or closing a vent (high humidity) and keeping the humidity in,’ she said.

The rest of your ingredients should be stored elsewhere in the fridge, she said.

‘Meat and fish will keep for longer and stay in better condition if stored at around zero degrees – that’s colder than your fridge’s main compartment,’ the consumer experts from CHOICE said.

‘So store them in a chiller if you have one – it’s designed specifically for colder temperatures and isolates its contents.’

New York dietitian Alena Kharlamenko told CookingLight that crisp drawers work best when they’re stored ‘almost full’, not ‘stuffed or cramped’.

She explained the drawers should be packed like a grocery bag, with the heavier items such as carrots on the bottom while the delicate produce like fresh herbs stored on top.

To keep fruits and vegetables fresh for longer, she said crisper drawers typically feature two settings – low-humidity and high-humidity. 

Low-humidity drawers preserve foods that ‘rot easily’ – including apples and pears, stone fruits like peaches and nectarines, melons, kiwis and avocados.

The high-humidity drawer is great for any foods that wilt such as leafy vegetables like spinach and parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans and asparagus and strawberries.

If your fridge features one large crisper drawer, Ms Kharlamenko said you need to choose whether you want to adjust the setting as low or high.

‘By doing this, you’re either opening a vent (low humidity) and letting humidity out, or closing a vent (high humidity) and keeping the humidity in,’ she said.

The rest of your ingredients should be stored elsewhere in the fridge, she said.

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