7 Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Knives Sharp

The tools that you use in your kitchen are an important part of the cooking process. Your knives in particular see a lot of use. You use them for cutting meat, chopping vegetables and slicing your food into bite size pieces when you sit down to eat. If you notice that your ingredients are tearing … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Today is Earth Day--time to celebrate our planet! We all share this Earth with each other, so we need to learn how to take better care of it. We need to do our part to ensure that our Earth stays healthy and sustainable, and no task is too small in this fight. From recycling our newspapers to … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Smoking Meat

Long ago, smoking was a method of preserving meat. Today, refrigerators and freezers make meat preservation much easier. Barbecue connoisseurs now smoke their meats for a different reason altogether: taste. This slow-cooking technique brings out the bright flavors in a variety of meat cuts, such as … [Read more...]

12 Ways You Can Clean with Vinegar

Vinegar is one of those ingredients that can be found in everyone's pantry. You might know it as a handy ingredient for your favorite meals, but it can also be a surprisingly effective cleaning tool. Whether you're looking for an all-natural cleaning solution or simply a way to cut costs at the … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Clean with Baking Soda

Every homeowner has their favorite staple cleaning items to use around the home. Some people stick to their store-bought chemical cleaners while others have home-made favorites, both of which have their perks and faults. If you have not yet invested in baking soda as part of your staple items, then … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Designing an Awesome Outdoor Kitchen

For many people, an outdoor kitchen represents the height of entertaining luxury. You may imagine yourself flipping burgers to the applause of your friends or sipping wine while a pizza bakes over a hot fire. Whether you are dreaming of a rustic outdoor pizza oven or a sleek line of stainless steel, … [Read more...]

7 Common Myths About Frozen Food

For most families, hectic schedules can lead to cut corners when it comes to meal preparation. Frequent trips to restaurants and grocery store hauls of the cheapest and quickest dinner options can easily become the norm. To this kind of family, the frozen food aisle is a popular stop. While quick … [Read more...]

11 Cooking Hacks You Should Know (But Probably Don’t)

I think it's a safe assumption that we can always use a bit of help in the kitchen, especially myself, but that's another story. No matter if you're a professional chef, been cooking for years or just trying to figure out a couple of easy meals to cook for your family, we can all benefit from … [Read more...]

9 Obvious Signs You Need a New Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is one of those household appliances you usually don’t have much trouble with. The lifespan of a quality fridge can last for many years, which is why it's hard to tell when you need to call a repair technician and when you need to start looking into buying a new fridge. However, … [Read more...]

6 Signs You Need a New Washing Machine

Most of us aren’t experienced repair technicians, especially when it comes to various laundry-related appliances. As such, the odds are great that most of us won’t know when our washing machine needs to be repaired, or simply needs to be replaced completely. Learn how to spot six warning signs of … [Read more...]

How to Save Money With a Mini-Split System

For many people, at least half of the utility bill goes to controlling the temperature of the air inside their home. Cooling in the heat of summer and pleasant indoor heat throughout winter's chill come at a cost that can certainly add up. And these cooling costs are almost out of sight on the power … [Read more...]

9 Things You Should NEVER Do To Your Dryer

People often take their clothes dryers for granted, until something goes terribly wrong with it. Even though this common household appliance is used daily or several times a week, most people never give it a second thought until they have to. For example, wet laundry might be tossed into the … [Read more...]

8 Fascinating Ways to Clean Your Microwave

Cleaning your microwave is one of those tedious tasks that nobody likes to do. But, you have to do it on a regular basis to help maintain the unit and ensure that your food tastes as it should. Whether you're using a countertop or built-in unit, here are eight different ways to thoroughly clean … [Read more...]

How to Install a Mini-Split System

A mini-split system is an excellent heating and cooling solution for small areas in the home where running ductwork is not a practical solution. Whether the home has a non-ducted heating and cooling system or there are renovations where additional rooms or living space is being added, a mini-split … [Read more...]

8 Lifehacks To Help You Defrost Your Freezer

Your freezer is a necessary appliance and probably one of the most useful. It keeps food fresh and can safely store items for future use. Frost on the walls inside of your freezer reduces its efficiency and increases your energy bill. Many newer freezer models have a self-defrosting feature, but … [Read more...]

10 Surprising Ways to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel is perhaps best known for its capacity to resist rust and corrosion, making it a popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens. However, if you own stainless steel appliances, then you probably know that they are hardly ever stainless. This is especially true if you have little ones … [Read more...]

Why You (Probably) Have Poor Indoor Air Quality

It is a well-known fact that pollution from power plants, vehicles, and outdoor machines contribute to poor air quality outside. We all know that. And as a result, many of use probably assume that the air we breathe outdoors is the most polluted air we come across daily. Unfortunately, this is … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Size Electric Fireplace

There are many benefits to having an electric fireplace for your home. Electric fireplaces provide many of the same benefits of a typical fireplace with less maintenance, lower costs and a wide variety of shapes and designs. When you’re choosing the right type of electric fireplace for your home, … [Read more...]

10 Benefits of Electric Fireplaces

One of the dreams of many homeowners is to have a cozy little living room with comfortable couches and a beautiful fireplace to enjoy a cool winter evening. Although this dream works in theory, the reality is that fireplaces often take a lot of work and money, even when you buy a home with one … [Read more...]