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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

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....

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

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...

Stain Removal: The Basics

There's no way around it. Stains happen. When they do, just follow these simple guidelines to remove them. General Rules for Stain Removal Treat stains promptly. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. If the stain is on a non-washable fabric, take it to the...

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....

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

Easy Ways to Go Green in your Home

  Going green doesn't have to break the bank to make a difference. We asked our sustainability experts for their top tips to make a big impact on your environmental footprint and not on your wallet.   Stop Hand Washing & Pre Rinsing. Use your dishwasher...

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...

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and sometimes it is hard to find the perfect gift that tells mom just how special she is. We’ve put together this list to help you buy the perfect gift for mom. Green-thumb Mom- For the mom who takes care of her garden with the...

What’s Hot in 2016 Design

The start of another year means big things in the design world! As the latest and greatest products are unveiled at two major trade shows, it gives designers the first opportunity to see which designs made the final cut after years of inspiration. We caught up with...

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