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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

Maximize your Dishwasher with these 3 tips

The holiday season is the time to spend more time with your family and friends and less time doing dishes. Our dishwasher expert Lucinda Ottusch shows how maximizing your dishwasher is as easy as the three s's: separate, secure and spin. https://youtu.be/Bv1hGZf_AuQ

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Dishwashers 101

It's okay. Sometimes dishwashers annoy us, too. Take a look at some cleaning pointers from the experts: Many dishwashers now offer time-saving features that make upkeep simple. If you use your dishwasher frequently, run cycles with heavily-soiled dishes or have a busy...

Love Your Little Delicates? Take Care of Them!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many couples are getting ready for long romantic weekends and nights on the town. As women start to plan their date night outfits, sometimes their favorite delicate items are not in their dresser – but instead, in the bottom of...

Grill Cleaning Made Easy

It's a sign of summer, a staple for any backyard barbeque but with all the great food comes a big, hard to clean mess. High heat and greasy food can make keeping your grill clean nearly impossible. Here are some helpful tips from our cooking expert Anna Carl to keep...

10 Stain Removing Must Haves

Stain removal can be a challenge! Tough, hard to remove stains need an action plan before you add them into the washing machine and once you have a plan, you'll need the proper tools. So we asked our laundry expert Mary Zeitler for a list of items that she keeps 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

Color in the Kitchen: Black is the new Stainless

Avocado green and harvest gold will always harbor memories of a time long gone - when bell bottoms and orange shag carpet were all the rage. For many years, color was king in the kitchen but just as quickly as those trends faded, so did the trend of brightly colored...

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...

Cooktops: Electric or Gas?

Gas or electric? When it comes to cooktops, home cooks have been asking this question for years and with so many options on the market today, how do you know which one is right for your lifestyle? Each option has distinct benefits so it's important to pick the one...

Color Your Home: Appliance Styles and Trends

Like many consumers, you might be tired of seeing your home in shades of black, white, and beige. As design trends evolve, customization in homes including furniture, fabrics and flooring calls for stylish and functional appliances that make a bold statement. This...

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