The One Thing You’re Not Doing With Paper Towels (But Should Be)

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

We’re used to reaching for paper towels to quickly clean up spills, but they’re more versatile than a person might think. Whether it’s patting chicken dry to get super crispy skin, or wiping away greasy messes in the shop, paper towels come to the rescue in different ways. Now, as our gardens flood with produce, we’re looking for ways to keep all the leafy greens and plump zucchini from going bad. It turns out paper towels can even help you keep your vegetables fresh!

Using Paper Towels in Your Fridge

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 veggies on hand.

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 secrets about keeping things fresh, check out this guide for storing all of your food correctly. It explains the best way to store everything, from herbs to mushrooms.

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is a writer, poet and amateur photographer who often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. You can find her up at 3 a.m. writing, researching the perfect combo for her next grilled cheese or making a more eco-friendly grocery list.