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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

Leave No (Dirty) Dish Behind

May 18th is No Dirty Dishes Day! Don't leave any (dirty) dishes behind with these simple tips from our Institute of Home Science experts. https://youtu.be/FppDzfogqqk   Leave room between items for water to circulate completely around your dishes. Make sure tall...

How to Take Care of Your Wool: The Basics

As the temperature consistently hovers below freezing, it is your wool sweaters that will become the favorite choice in the clothing rotation. However, too many consumers still view wool as a material that requires frequent dry cleaning, and one that is ruined from a...

Is Your Fridge Ready? Get ready to chill this Summer!

Is your refrigerator ready for the busy summer season? Here are some simple tips to get your refrigerator in top shape for the summer months. Remove old or expired items. Check expiration dates of items especially condiments. Most condiments expire 6 months to a year...

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

One of the most common questions our consumer scientists get is whether you should wash your pillows and how often? The simple answer is yes. If your pillow is washable you should give it a good cleaning because dirt, oil and dust mites can build up over time on your...

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...

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

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...

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...

Cooktops: Electric or Gas?

Gas or electric? When it comes to cooktops, home cooks have been asking this question for years and with so many options on the market today, how do you know which one is right for your lifestyle? Each option has distinct benefits so it's important to pick the one...

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...

5 Tips for Home Office Happiness

For some, a home office is where they spend the working day. For others, it’s a family paperwork depot for dealing with bills, permission slips, to-do lists, coupons, and whatever else the postman brings, or the teacher sends home. Whether you spend minutes or hours...

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