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WIN a KitchenAid Produce Preserver + grocery money!

Disclosure: KitchenAid Canada sent me a Produce Preserver to try out in my fridge and a grocery gift card to stock my crisper with fresh ingredients. One reader will win their own KitchenAid Produce Preserver and $50 towards groceries.

There are two things that make cooking for my family easier. The first is time. The second is having the fresh ingredients I need on hand. Without those two things, the job of putting together meals can start to feel less like a pleasure and more like a chore. With my new KitchenAid Produce Preserver, my fresh fruits and vegetables can last longer, giving me more time to get them into our meals.

Buying fresh produce is always filled with good intentions. Putting carrots and celery into my shopping cart for soups and stews, or picking up pears and oranges for school lunches, naturally feels good. So it's an awful feeling when I don't quite get around to using those things at home and end up tossing them in the compost bin. It's defeating. It's costly. And it ends up in yet another trip to the grocery store with good intentions.

My new Produce Preserver keeps me stocked up on fresh ingredients, saving me time and money. It attaches inside any refrigerator, absorbing ethylene gas that is naturally given off by fresh fruits and vegetables. The result is freshness that lasts up to 25% longer. That may not sound like a lot at first, but that could mean a whole extra week for me to use up those fruits and veggies. It really is a gift of time.

About the size of a deck of cards, the Produce Preserver easily attaches to any flat surface using the provided suction cups. Mine is at the back of my crisper drawer. A starter kit retails at a reasonable $16.99. The Keep Fresh Packets last about 6 months (the indicator will tell you when it's time to refresh) and refill kits are inexpensive, retailing at about $12.99 each. Considering how much food can be thrown away in 6 months, it can be an affordable solution to food waste.

Now here's your chance to win a KitchenAid Produce Preserver of your own, plus a $50 grocery gift card to fill your fridge with fresh goodness! Winning is easy:

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me the last fruit or veggie you threw out because it went bad in the fridge. PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN REACH YOU IF YOU WIN.

A winner will be randomly selected on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific.

Good luck!