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Extending the life of your produce is not out of reach with Hilary Duff's helpful tips. Learn how to help your food stay fresh for as long as possible. Sponsored by Walmart.

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- Hilary again, it's been an exciting ride together, and we're nearing our destination. We've learned how to plan a trip to the supermarket, identify fresh ingredients and store them in a way that maintains their nutritional value. But the truth is we can't always consume all the foods we purchase before they become stale and lifeless. Thankfully there are ways to preserve them and have a bit of fun, too. Aside from the obvious options of preserving foods like tossing them in the freezer, let's go through some fun, no hassle ways of preserving excess produce and herbs before they spoil. Hear me out on this one, these aren't the time consuming recipes your grandmother used to make. This is a quick pickling technique that you can do to preserve produce while on the go. Heat the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small sauce pan. Add each vegetable to one of four jars along with one bay leaf and one teaspoon of each spice. Pour the brining mixture over the vegetables, cover the jar, and refrigerate. When life gives you bruised fruit, make jam with your fam. We're going to take locally grown berries that have over-ripened and make a sweet, sweet, jam. Combine the berries in a bowl with the sugar and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add to a large sauce pan with the orange juice and zest and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour the fruit into a jar and let it cool. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to three weeks. Dried herbs make a great addition to your favorite dish. The problem is drying herbs can take a really long time. So here's a quick hack to dry herbs in under a minute. All you have to do is lay out your herb of choice on a paper towel and microwave. The time will vary depending on the herb. There are so many imaginative and fun ways you can preserve ingredients before they go to waste. From veggies, to herbs, with a little bit of creativity you'll have a pantry stocked with snacks that will last you. We've reached the end of our journey to a kitchen stocked with more vital, natural, ingredients. Now even your kids will think you're fresh. I don't think kids say that anymore.

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