Your crisper is supposed to control humidity and keep your leafier vegetables crisp. That only works if you actually see and use those vegetables — otherwise, the results are pretty tragic. Lifehacker reader Ian Service has a solution for forgetful types, involving bottles.
I don't know about you guys, but without a window into my fridge's crisper, I completely forget about everything that goes in there. Many a half-used head of lettuce or scissored Italian parsley has turned brown, and countless cucumbers have turned into disgusting puddles of water in my vegetable crisper... until now.
Like any other discovery, it happened completely accidentally. Earlier this year, I was stocking the fridge with beer, but I was completely out of room, so I opened the crisper. It was empty and then it dawned on me, I'm never going to forget beer! So I stocked the drawer with beer, and since then I've repeated the process countless times. The beer has never gone bad because unlike a celery heart with a pair of stalks missing, beer is unforgettable.
I hope this sparks an "Aha moment" for someone else out there; it may just save you from having to soap up a smelly veggie drawer.
Ed. note: Again, the crisper does have its legitimate benefits, especially those with sliders to control the relative humidity in the container. But we totally sympathise with a pragmatic approach to making your vegetables more visible and more likely to get used in tonight's dinner, while leaving the stuff you'll know where to find in the bin.