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5 Tips to Better Baking

You can get great results in your oven with these simple tips from our cooking expert Anna Carl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbhBD7bP2XM&feature=youtu.be  First, pick your pan carefully; dark or dull pans enhance browning, while shiny or insulated pans slow...

Preheating 101

The kitchen range is typically known as the work horse of the kitchen. It can bake, broil, roast and toast, but do you know how to get the most out of it? Here are some simple tips from our cooking expert Anna Carl on the importance of preheating and how...

8 Tips to Better Holiday Card Photos

The holidays are right around the corner, and soon your mailbox will be full of beautiful, glossy holiday cards. Forget to book a photographer? Or maybe you just don't want to spend the extra money? Whirlpool Creative Studios Manager, Christopher Craig gives his tips...

YES! You CAN Cook a Turkey in the Microwave!

A popular joke is floating around social media just in time for Thanksgiving: “Hey mom, how many minutes does it take to microwave a 25 lbs. Turkey?” The responses are funny, with reactions of shock, horror and disbelief. Even though mom typically knows best, mom may...

How to Avoid ‘Trapped Turkey Syndrome’

How to Avoid ‘Trapped Turkey Syndrome’ Setting the temperature higher than 500 degrees can engage your oven’s locking mechanism It’s a nightmarish situation. Your family and friends are all gathered at your home for Thanksgiving or Christmas—and they’re all hungry....

How to Use Convection Cooking to Make Holiday Meals Legendary

Your reputation as a holiday chef is on the line. You want perfectly browned turkey, succulent ham and evenly cooked pies and side dishes. It’s the perfect time to use that convection setting on your range For those who aren’t familiar, a convection oven has a fan and...

CLEANING

Is Your Fridge Ready? Get ready to chill this Summer!

Is your refrigerator ready for the busy summer season? Here are some simple tips to get your refrigerator in top shape for the summer months. Remove old or expired items. Check expiration dates of items especially condiments. Most condiments expire 6 months to a year...

Top 10 Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Appliances in Top Shape

Your appliances are the workhorse in your home. They clean so you can spend more time on what really matters. But how often do you clean and maintain them? Here are the top 10 tips to keep your appliances in tip top shape. Refrigerator Condenser Coils - dirt, dust,...

How to Prep your Fridge for the Holidays

During the Holidays, an influx of guests and celebrations can fill up your refrigerator fast. Our Global Design expert Julia Burke has some easy ideas to help you re-organize in time for the influx of casseroles and party platters.   https://youtu.be/LWwpnpl6wSA...

3 Tips For Cleaner Dishes

There is nothing more frustrating than opening up your dishwasher after a cleaning cycle to find your dishes wet or dirty. Did you know, there are simple solutions to solve these frustrating dilemmas. Check Your Rinse Aid. Let's be honest, rinse aid should really be...

Conquering College: Laundry 101

You are so ready for college. You've memorized the campus map, coordinated "who is bringing what" with your roommate, and mastered the art of five course meals in the microwave. You've even created the ultimate class schedule: no lectures before noon or on Fridays....

STAIN TIPS

How to Deal With End of Summer Stains

As summer sadly comes to an end, its time to turn our attention to the left behind stains from a summer of fun!

DESIGN & ORGANIZATION

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Ranges 101

Ranges, often known as ovens or stoves, are a versatile tool that can accommodate multiple approaches to cooking. The latest features and technology help boil liquids and heat faster, while multiple range configurations help make entertaining easy. For those cooks who...

Laundry Room Organization & Maintenance: The Basics

Having places to store laundry supplies, fold clothes and treat stains will help make the chore a whole lot easier. The following tips will help you organize your laundry in no time. Get the Family Involved Recent research demonstrates that over half of Americans are...

Meet The Experts

Area of expertise:  Consumer Science, Laundry Hometown:  Saint Joseph Michigan Hobby:  Photography Book:  The Stand by Stephen King Meal:  Almost anything as long as there's some crusty bread and butter Vacation: New Zealand Music: Alternative Rock Quote: "Be...

5 Tips for Home Office Happiness

For some, a home office is where they spend the working day. For others, it’s a family paperwork depot for dealing with bills, permission slips, to-do lists, coupons, and whatever else the postman brings, or the teacher sends home. Whether you spend minutes or hours...

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Refrigerators 101

Is your refrigerator overcrowded? It might just not have enough room for the entire family. A good rule of thumb is eight cubic feet of fresh-food storage for every two people, plus an added cubic foot for each additional person. For example, if your house holds five...

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