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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...

4 Ways to get your Stand Mixer Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and for many of us, that means a lot of holiday baking! Here are some simple tips from our KitchenAid brand expert Gail Nuechterlein that will get your stand mixer into tip top shape. [playbuzz-item...

HOLIDAY PREP

How to care for your Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly holiday sweaters and while you are out being holly and jolly, your sweater is getting dirty! Keep your ugly sweaters fresh with these simple tips from our laundry expert Mary Zeitler. https://youtu.be/mS8vQehvJxo First, always check the care...

Hot Holiday Party Ideas

Pull out your ugly sweaters, it's holiday party season! You are probably already looking for your white elephant gift or planning an excuse to leave after 30 minutes but it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some tips to make your holiday party stand out from the...

Gobble, Gobble: It’s Turkey Time

Thanksgiving, besides maybe Christmas, is one of the most stressful times of the year--and that's not just because all of your family's in one house. Cooking can only increase the stress during these holidays, so for Thanksgiving, check out the tips from the experts:...

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...

4 Ways to get your Stand Mixer Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and for many of us, that means a lot of holiday baking! Here are some simple tips from our KitchenAid brand expert Gail Nuechterlein that will get your stand mixer into tip top shape. [playbuzz-item...

ENTERTAINING

4 Ways to get your Stand Mixer Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and for many of us, that means a lot of holiday baking! Here are some simple tips from our KitchenAid brand expert Gail Nuechterlein that will get your stand mixer into tip top shape. [playbuzz-item...

The Entertainers Guide to Holiday Meal Planning

The holidays are right around the corner and if you are planning on hosting a party, it's time to get prepared! Our cooking expert Anna Carl has put together the ultimate planning timeline to help make your holiday meal planning easier and less stressful. WEEKS AHEAD...

Hot Holiday Party Ideas

Pull out your ugly sweaters, it's holiday party season! You are probably already looking for your white elephant gift or planning an excuse to leave after 30 minutes but it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some tips to make your holiday party stand out from the...

The Ultimate Thanksgiving How-To Guide

How to... Perfectly Roast the Turkey Use a roasting pan that is large enough to hold your turkey from front to end and no more than two inches deep. Make sure your turkey sits on a roasting rack in the pan. This allows juices and dripping to settle… perfect for gravy....

Cinnamon Swirl Holiday Loaf

CINNAMON SWIRL HOLIDAY LOAF Anna Carl - Whirlpool Corporation Food Science Lab This dough is soft, silky and cooperates beautifully when shaped. This cinnamon and sugar swirled yeast dough makes this a delicious addition to Christmas brunch. . Makes: 1 Loaf...

HOLIDAY CLEANING

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,...

5 Tips To Get Your Appliances Holiday Ready

Your appliance do a lot of heavy lifting during the holidays, here are 5 simple tips to help keep them in tip top shape: Refrigerator Condenser Coils Dirt, dust, grease and pet hair can collect on these integral parts of your refrigerator. To clean, first unplug your...

Four Tips to Keep Your Food Fresh this Holiday Season

There’s nothing worse than having a house full of family and friends for the holidays and finding out that your vegetables are past prime, your bread is stale, and the cheese has grown an unsightly green beard. Keep your foods at their best by using these handy tips:...

How to care for your Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly holiday sweaters and while you are out being holly and jolly, your sweater is getting dirty! Keep your ugly sweaters fresh with these simple tips from our laundry expert Mary Zeitler. https://youtu.be/mS8vQehvJxo First, always check the care...

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...

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