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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

Refrigerator Organization 101

The refrigerator is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen making it one of the hardest to keep organized. So we asked Institute of Home Science expert Julia Burke to give us a few tips so that you can get the most out of your refrigerator....

Put Your Cleaning IQ to the Test

Cleaning tips have been passed down and past around for generations. Now with the rise of social networks, these tips are easily shareable, but are these tips myth or fact? Test your cleaning knowledge here. [playbuzz-item...

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......

5 Unique Things You Can Wash In Your Dishwasher

Chances are you've heard of some wacky ways people have used their appliances. Most of which are not safe for your machine or your home. But there are some unique things that are perfectly safe to toss into your dishwasher to clean. Here are 5 great ideas:  ...

A Crash Course for Your Kitchen: Ranges 101

Ranges, often known as ovens or stoves, are a versatile tool that can accommodate multiple approaches to cooking. The latest features and technology help boil liquids and heat faster, while multiple range configurations help make entertaining easy. For those cooks who...

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

5 Ways Renters and Urban Dwellers Can Go Green

  One of the biggest myths about "going green" is that you have to make a major investment to make a difference. We asked our sustainability experts to dispel that myth with some easy and inexpensive ways renters and those living in an urban environment can make...

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...

3 Easy Dishwasher Loading Tips

As we celebrate National No Dirty Dishes day we'd like to offer a few tips on how to load the dishwasher from our home economist in the dish lab. Our team of experts knows a few things about dirty dishes, our dish lab runs approximately 4000 loads of dirty dishes a...

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...

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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