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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

Time to Clean the Garage: Top 6 Tips

Garages can get grimy and cluttered  in no time. Is it time to clean and organize? Keep these six tips in mind. 1. Pick your day. Nothing's worse than working in bad weather. Schedule your garage organization for a day with a positive forecast. 2. Dress for success....

Holiday Baking Must Haves

The Holidays can be a busy time full of cooking and baking. Time always seems to run in short supply so our Institute of Home Science cooking expert Anna Carl gave us some tips on how to keep your kitchen stocked so you can spend less time shopping and more time on...

5 Unique Things You Can Wash In Your Dishwasher

Chances are you've heard of some wacky ways people have used their appliances. Most of which are not safe for your machine or your home. But there are some unique things that are perfectly safe to toss into your dishwasher to clean. Here are 5 great ideas:  ...

Put Your Cleaning IQ to the Test

Cleaning tips have been passed down and past around for generations. Now with the rise of social networks, these tips are easily shareable, but are these tips myth or fact? Test your cleaning knowledge here. [playbuzz-item...

10 Unique Things to Spring Clean with your Washer

  Getting your home in shape after a long winter can be a time consuming task. So when you'd rather be outside enjoying the nice weather, it's time to put your appliances to work for you. We asked our laundry experts for 10 unique things that can be cleaned in...

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

6 Tips for Keeping Frozen Food Fresh

When it comes to your refrigerator the freezer has a pretty important role. Its the perfect place to store leftovers, fruits and vegetables that are out of season or anything that you'd like to keep fresh for an extended period of time. But do you know how to get the...

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Microwaves 101

Available in countertop and hood combinations, microwaves are no longer simply for defrosting and heating. Now capable of cooking in four different ways--grilling, baking, steam, and convection--microwaves have become an important kitchen tool for every level of cook....

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...

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...

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Buying gifts for the family can be hard! It seems like there is always one or two hard to shop for people on your list. So this year, we are taking the guessing out of gift buying by giving you a few unique ideas for the hard-to-shop for.   The College Sports...

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