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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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

ENTERTAINING

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  ...

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...

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

Carving pumpkins is a tradition that many families participate in this time of the year. But if the messy pumpkin guts aren’t your thing here are some no-carve ideas that are fun for the whole family. Glitter Glitter is super easy to use and can create a multitude of...

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....

Put Your Microwave to the Test: Thanksgiving Version

From warm winter squash to perfectly poached chicken breasts, check out a few easy ways to put your microwave to work for you. Squash: To make the squash easier to cut in half, place in microwave and heat for about 2 minutes on high power on each side. To continue...

HOLIDAY CLEANING

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...

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...

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,...

Top Microwave Cleaning Tips

Tough baked on soils are hard to clean, but soils in your microwave can actually effect the functioning of your microwave. Here are our tips to keep your microwave in top shape: Go Natural - One of the best ways to clean stubborn stains in the microwave is by going...

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...

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