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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

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...

The 12 Stains of the Holiday Season

The holidays are often the busiest time of year—and the messiest. While the season is a time for family gatherings full of warm and cheery greetings, the stains left behind should not be how memories are made. From that first jingle sung to the very last ornament...

Debunking Laundry: Myths & Facts

Should you really treat fabric stains head on? And do more suds result in cleaner clothes? Separate the myths from the facts to get the best results from your laundry. Myth: Bleach mixed with detergent helps clean and whiten at the same time. Fact: Adding bleach with...

Speedy Stain Removal: Swimsuits and Athletic Wear

Spandex stretched out? Sweat stains on your shirts not going away? Designed for comfort and versatility, athletic wear is meant to handle an onslaught of activities. It can also be an investment for those serious about their workouts, making proper laundry care a must...

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...

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

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...

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 use your Crisper Drawers

Crisper drawers are an area of your refrigerator that people often struggle with. How do you use them, and what do you store in them? Our Global Food Preservation scientist Carolina Biotti has some tips on how to best use your crisper drawers....

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...

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...

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