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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 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...

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...

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....

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Washer & Dryer Efficiency Tips

Reducing your family's impact on the earth can be as easy as switching to more efficient laundry appliances. With an ENERGY STARⓇ qualified washing machine you can save over 7,000 gallons of water a year, cut energy consumption by over 40% and save up to $110 per year...

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

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...

6 Tips for Keeping Frozen Food Fresh

When it comes to your refrigerator the freezer has a pretty important role. Its the perfect place to store leftovers, fruits and vegetables that are out of season or anything that you'd like to keep fresh for an extended period of time. But do you know how to get 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....

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: Refrigerators 101

Is your refrigerator overcrowded? It might just not have enough room for the entire family. A good rule of thumb is eight cubic feet of fresh-food storage for every two people, plus an added cubic foot for each additional person. For example, if your house holds five...

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