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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....

Time to Plan the Garage: Top 13 Tips

Are you building a new house with a garage? Or do you already have one, and it just needs a major revamp? No worries. Here's how to plan your garage space in the most efficient way. 1. Measure your space. It's important to get your exact dimensions, including......

Conquering College: Laundry 101

You are so ready for college. You've memorized the campus map, coordinated "who is bringing what" with your roommate, and mastered the art of five course meals in the microwave. You've even created the ultimate class schedule: no lectures before noon or on Fridays....

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....

5 Steps to Conquer Mud Stains!

First comes winter, spring and soon after mud season! Get hard to clean mud out of your clothes with these simple tips: Check the care label on the garment for specific instructions. Brush any excess dirt or mud off of the garment. Rinse garment in cold water to flush...

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

How To Store Your Seasonal Clothing

Packing away clothing can be difficult, but pulling out faded, misshapen and musty garments next season can be even more frustrating. Keep your warm-weather clothing bright through the winter and your cold-weather clothing cozy throughout the summer by taking 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....

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...

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...

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...

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