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  • How to Keep Food Fresh Longer

    How do you keep food fresh longer? Air is the enemy of food. In order to keep food fresh as long as possible you want to keep it wrapped tightly in order to keep air out. Depending on the type and where you'll be storing it, an airtight container or wrap will keep food from drying out, getting soggy, developing freezer burn, absorbing odors, or becoming contaminated from raw meat or poultry. Now practically every storage container out there claims to be airtight but I can tell you from years of testing that that's not true. Here's what we've learned.

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    A lot depends on whether or not air can go in through the material that the container or wrap's made of, as well as whether or not it has a tight-fitting lid. Even if the air seems sucked or vacuumed out, it can still get back in if the material's porous or the cover's loose. In our tests, glass containers with tight lids are always the best at keeping air out. Tops in our latest test: Snapware Total

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  • 5 of the Healthiest Cookies You Can Buy

    Want healthy cookies? Find out the best healthy cookies.Healthy cookies? I know, it sounds like an oxymoron. And believe me, I understand your skepticism! But I went on a mission to find them, and I actually dug up some good options. The cookies listed below are made predominantly with whole grains, have only a reasonable amount of sugar, and clock in at no more than 130 calories per serving (a diet-friendly amount). Here are my picks:

    Related: 50 Best Low-Calorie Snacks

    1. 100% Whole Grain Fig Newtons (2 cookies)
    2. Back to Nature Apple Cinnamon Oat Grahams (2 full sheets), Golden Honey Oat Grahams (2 full sheets), or Crispy Oatmeal Cookies (2 cookies)

    3. Barbara's Bakery Snackimals in Wheat Free Oatmeal (about 10 cookies)
    4. Kashi Cookies (1 cookie) in Chocolate Almond Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Flax, or Oatmeal Dark Chocolate
    5. Willamette Valley Granola Company Granola Chips (about 20 chips) in Butter Pecan, Vanilla Bean, and Honey Nut

    Related: Healthy Cookies Recipes

    What are your favorite healthy cookies? Let me know

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  • Mother’s Day Gifts from the Drugstore

    Find great Mother's Day gifts at your local drugstore.No need to spend a bundle on a Mother's Day gift. You can get some fun, practical, and very affordable items for your mom right at the drugstore. And while you're there, pick up a few of these winners for yourself.

    The best in our test, Eucerin Intensive Repair ($6) will keep her hands pampered through gardening season. For the rest of her body, there's Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion ($7.99), a GH Seal holder.

    Essie Nail Color ($8) is long lasting and you'll have a lot of fun choosing a color or perhaps two or three from over 200 shades.

    Related: Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

    Available in tints from light to deep, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream SPF 30 is a multitasking tinted moisturizer that hydrates, evens out skin tone, and provides a broad-spectrum of SPF. Another BB cream that blends perfectly into most skin tones: Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream SPF 20 ($14.99).

    Thanks to an innovative brush with fine-tooth bristles, COVERGIRL LashBlast

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  • 9 Terrific Tech Gifts for Mother's Day

    The CM4 Q card case is a fashionable and functional phone protector.There's a gadget out there for every woman, whether she's a fashionista, artiste, athlete, or gardener. For this Mother's Day, get your mom something she's bound to love!

    1. For the practical, yet fashion-forward: CM4 Q Card Case, $40
    One of the winners of our recent smartphone case test, the CM4 Q card case is a fashionable and functional phone protector. She can use it to tote around her work ID, some cash, and credit cards along with her phone and stop schlepping around a cumbersome bag.

    2. For the working mother: Amethyst Fabric Clutch, $189
    If she can't give up carrying around a pocketbook, the Everpurse will give her room for her glasses, lipstick, and checkbook as well as her phone and will even charge her phone while it's docked inside (no more carrying around a charger). And since the clutch is stylish, she won't have to go home and change her bag after work for evening events! Overnight, the purse charges itself on its own charging mat. For a few dollars more, you can treat

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  • 6 Ways to Cook Quinoa

    Pork and Pears with QuinoaIt's hard to resist the nutty goodness of a whole grain packed with protein. Here, 6 delicious recipes for the ever-so-healthy quinoa.

    1. Pork and Pears with Quinoa
    Pear and butternut squash work together to sweeten up this hearty pork dish. Sprinkle coriander over the heart-healthy quinoa for an extra kick. Get the recipe for Pork and Pears with Quinoa.

    2. Hoisin-Glazed Salmon with Quinoa
    This Asian-inspired dish calls for salmon, a Chinese five-spice mixture, and quinoa for a truly unique flavor. Don't forget to top your fish off with a spoonful of savory hoisin sauce before baking. Get the recipe for Hoisin-Glazed Salmon with Quinoa.

    Related: Healthy Dinner Dishes

    3. Turkey with White Bean Ragu
    Trade in your beef ragu for this healthier turkey alternative. An Italian classic with a twist, this recipe is packed with fiber thanks to ingredients like white beans and quinoa. Get the recipe for Turkey with White Bean Ragu.

    4. Grilled Salmon with Peaches
    Cooking salmon over hot coals

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  • Cuatro Tools You Need for Cinco De Mayo

    Kitchen tools that will make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta a hit.Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and no fiesta's complete without three beloved Mexican staples: tortillas, guacamole, and frozen margaritas! Here at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, we tested out kitchen gadgets to help make your Cinco de Mayo muy delicioso.

    1. You can give your guacamole some extra zest by grinding it by hand with a mortar and pestle. The IMUSA Lava Rock Molcajete ($60) is as authentic as it gets if you want to go the extra mile with your guacamole. And when you're not making guac, you can use it to grind spices and herbs as well as prepare salsa. With the Molcajete you get instructions on how to season the lava rock so that everything that's made in it has a unique taste. I'm not sure if it's what gave our guacamole delicious flavor but the rough surface of the rock made it easy to mash the ingredients and created a distinctive texture.

    2. We used a recipe from a new cookbook, Muy Bueno, ($15) written by Evangelina Soza and her daughters Yvette

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  • 9 Simple Ways to De-Stress at Home

    De-Stress at HomeWhen there's no time to escape to the spa, create your own oasis. Here, 9 ways to help you decompress in the comfort of your bedroom.

    1. Mantra Meditation
    To Western ears, "mantra" is synonymous with "catchphrase" or "mission statement." But mantra is a tool that's been used for thousands of years to help cultivate peace of mind - something we could all use a little more of. Choose a word or phrase that is meaningful and melodious - such "love," "peace," or "amen" (or whatever resonates with you) - and repeat it silently or audibly whenever you need a gentle reminder to savor the moment.

    2. Comfort Yourself
    Know how a cranky child magically transforms into a little angel after a nap? Treat yourself to five minutes of rest. Gather two firm pillows, then sit with your heels on the floor. Keeping your toes together, open the knees wide and stack the pillows between your knees. Rest your torso on the pillows, head turned to one side. Breathe here, releasing tension with each exhale. After

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  • Iconic Cleaning Products that Have Stood the Test of Time

    Check out these cleaning products that have stood the test of time.1. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
    First developed in 1846 by two brothers-in-law living in Massachusetts, this "bicarbonate of soda" was first sold in paper bags packed by hand. (Did you know that it's actually mined from the ground? The largest natron deposit - the source of baking soda - in the U.S. is found in Wyoming.) Due to its growing popularity (and not just as a leavening agent for baking), Church & Dwight Company was consolidated and the baking soda was trademarked under the brand name "Arm & Hammer." Nowadays, of course, we use it for everything from deodorizing fridges to getting stains out of fabrics to cleaning teeth.

    2. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser
    Made from the leftover feldspar from scouring soap production, this gentler cleaner was first introduced in New England in 1890. Bon Ami is still making powder cleanser with the cute chick on the label, along with a line of natural dish soaps, all-purpose cleaners, and liquid cleansers.

    Cool Kitchen Gear for 2013

    3. Brillo

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  • Hot Salsas for Cinco De Mayo

    With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, try these tasty salsa recipes.Adding a little spice to your dinner can be as easy as whipping up one of these fun salsas, all developed and triple-tested by the Test Kitchen!

    1. For a milder flavor, try our Green Tomato Salsa recipe. This slightly sweet sauce combines the tartness of the verdant fruit with fresh corn and ripe red tomatoes. Be sure to let it chill for at least an hour to let the flavors mix.

    2. Salsa takes on a tropical taste with our Pineapple Tomato Salsa. The sauce combines sweet pineapple with tarragon and works great over grilled chicken or pork tenderloin.

    Related: 4 Gadgets for a Cinco de Mayo Party

    3. Our Sicilian Citrus Salsa combines sweet, sour, salty, and savory and incorporates some unexpected ingredients, including green olives, fennel, and oranges. This bold sauce is tasty on everything from toasted bread to grilled salmon.

    4. Speaking of unorthodox salsas, our Sweet 'n' Tangy recipe throws cooked red beets into the mix. That sweetness is offset by the kick of jalapeno in this

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  • 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Seasonal Allergies

    Seasonal AllergiesMore than 40 million Americans will be sneezing and wheezing this spring from seasonal allergies, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. But few people really understand why. Here, the fact and fiction about seasonal allergies.

    1. Pollen is a male organism.
    Plants don't reproduce the same way humans do. "[Plant] sperm can only swim so far and disperse so far," says Joseph Armstrong, professor of botany at Illinois State University. This explains why seed plants distribute the whole male organism - through the air. That male organism, housed inside a tiny reproductive body called a spore, makes sperm when it lands in the right environment. Don't worry, it's not doing it inside your nose. But the foreign protein is what irritates your nasal membranes, says Armstrong.

    Related: A Longer Allergy Season Is Nothing to Sneeze At

    2. Don't blame the roses.
    "People always think of flowers as causing allergies. That's not the case," says David osenstreich, MD,

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