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This Oven’s Built-In Air Sous Vide is Perfect for Meal Preppers!

LG oven with door open to show a vacuum sealed meal cooing air sous vide
The LG air sous vide works by circulating hot air around the food in a sealed container, which helps to lock in moisture and flavor. (

Calling all meal preppers and meal delivery recipients! LG’s new Smart Slide-In Gas Range with ProBake Convection & Air Sous Vide is the oven you need.

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This LG oven’s air fry feature delivers crispy flavor to feed a crowd. (The Home Depot)

Variety of Cooking Options

The LG Smart Slide-In Gas Range with ProBake Convection & Air Sous Vide combines all the advantages of a gas cooktop with a convection oven to give you the best of everything. 

The spacious 6.3 cubic foot oven can hold whatever you throw at it, from a 20-pound turkey to dozens of holiday cookies. 

The air sous vide mode evenly cooks vacuum-sealed meals to tender and juicy perfection using precise, low oven temperatures and airflow — perfect for food delivered through the mail or pre-portioned during meal prep!

Craving a little crunch? Make your favorite crispy snacks — like french fries, hot wings and more  — minus the extra calories in air fry mode.

And for the gas cooktop, there’s a cast iron griddle and wok grate included.

LG oven with LED light-up knobs
Backlit knobs easily tell you when each burner is on or off with just a glance. (The Home Depot)

Functional Design

The LG InstaView Window lets you check on food instantly with two quick knocks. 

The tilted controls are easy-to-use, plus the knobs are backlit with white LED lights so you can quickly tell when each burner is on or off with just a glance.

Clean-up is easy too.

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Today’s Homeowner Radio Show Podcast | December 24, 2022

In this special Christmas episode, we’re playing back some of our favorite segments from the past year, as well as sharing some of our holiday traditions and memories. 

Tune in to hear: 

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Simple Solutions

Stack wood in alternating courses to help it season faster. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

How to Stack Firewood for Optimal Seasoning — Most people place firewood in one row, all the way across, and they work their way up with the same pattern. Now, there’s nothing particularly wrong with that method.

But if you want to know how to stack firewood so it’s as ready as it’s going to be for burning in your fireplace, then you’ll need to learn some new tricks.

You should stack the wood in alternating courses — that is, in opposite directions, row by row — and you continue that pattern. This way, there’s much more space for the air to circulate. 

Watch: How to Stack Firewood So It Seasons Much Faster

An old pallet can easily be transformed into a minimalist Christmas tree. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Make a DIY Christmas Tree From an Old Wooden Pallet — Here’s how to make a DIY Christmas tree from an old wooden pallet:

  1. Mark two diagonal lines from the top of the pallet to the second to the last slat on each side.
  2. Use a circular saw to cut along the lines.
  3. Pry off the slats on the back.
  4. Cut four pieces of wood to make a simple base.
  5. Paint it green and decorate with lights, garland and Christmas ornaments.

Watch: How to Make a DIY Christmas Tree From an Old Wooden Pallet

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Best in Show: Our Top 5 Home Makeovers of 2022

2022 has been a year of incredible makeovers here at Today’s Homeowner. Here are our favorite before-and-after transformations from the past year.

This front porch now invites you to pull up a chair and enjoy the view. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

5. Front Porch Makeover

Mike and Leigh Ann have a beautiful piece of property that they share with their horses. But they felt like the front of their house lacked the visual appeal that the land it sits on deserved.

The walkway to it was incomplete and unattractive, while the front porch was a sea of dingy paint, stuck on the front of a white house. There was nothing to draw you in or make you feel welcome.

But now, the front porch is freshly painted, and even though we only added a little gray to the mix, there’s enough contrast to give the space some personality.

The rotten wood and peeling paint are gone, and so is the poorly poured sidewalk. In its place is a symmetrically arranged walkway of 12 stepping stones — made from Quikrete’s Walkmaker molds — that create a graceful transition to the porch steps.

The porch now invites you to pull up a chair and enjoy the view.

Large-format pavers make the patio seem larger than it actually is and the new fire pit is the ideal spot for entertaining. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

4. Two Patios are Better Than One

Jerry and Shay have a beautiful backyard with great shade trees and a lush lawn. But their old fire pit had seen better days and the existing patio offered few opportunities to enjoy the outdoor space. It was too small for entertaining and the monotone color palette lacked any real interest.

Now, the whole backyard has come alive

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Stainless Steel Cleaners for Almost Everything

Choosing the right stainless steel cleaner is much simpler than shopping for a new refrigerator or stove for your home. Still, a stainless steel cleaner is important to keep your appliances looking brand new long after you install them. Here are a few things to consider:

✔️ Surface type: You don’t want to use the same stainless steel cleaner on your refrigerator that you use on your outdoor grill. Some stainless steel surfaces, like grills, require more abrasive formulas than your kitchen appliances do. A formula that’s too abrasive can cause damage that no cleaner, polish or mineral oil will be able to buff away.

✔️ Application style: Stainless steel cleaners most often come as sprays, powders or wipes. Which you opt for all comes down to convenience. Powders need to be mixed with water to form a paste, so they require an extra step. If you’re looking to make cleaning a one-step process, go for a wipe that requires no extra tools and can be disposed of immediately after use. Looking to reduce your environmental footprint? Ditch the wipes and paper towels for a washable microfiber cloth that you can reuse whenever it’s time to give your appliances a quick polish.

✔️ Polish: Some stainless steel cleaners only clean surfaces without bringing back the shine they had when you first bought them. If you’re looking to make your stainless steel sparkle again, look for a product designed to polish as well as clean. Plus, if your cleaner leaves a protective film on your appliances, you won’t have to worry about cleaning fingerprints and greasy stains so often!

✔️ Scent: Many cleaning products leave an all too familiar chemical smell lingering on the surfaces we clean — some of us love it and others don’t! If you prefer a

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How to Clean a Coffee Maker (And Why You Should Be Doing It More Often)

If a good cup of coffee is your morning beverage of choice, it’s not only important to have a great coffee maker, but it’s just as important to deep-clean it regularly, especially if you use it daily. Without proper cleaning, coffee oils can build up in the carafe, the basket and elsewhere and cause your brew to taste bitter. Or, let it go long enough and there could be yeast and mold hiding in the reservoir, according to a 2011 study by NSF International. Though these nasties likely won’t seriously impact your health, just the thought of them lurking in your coffee maker is unpleasant, to say the least. Instituting a regular coffee maker cleaning ritual is easy to do and provides a big payoff when it comes to taste. Follow the steps below to clean a standard drip coffee maker.

Wondering how to deep-clean a K-Cup machine? We’ve got you covered: Follow our guide to cleaning Keurig coffee makers. And don’t forget about cleaning your travel mugs too!

How to Clean a Coffee Maker

Cleaning this countertop appliance on a regular basis actually takes very little effort. Carolyn Forté, executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care & Cleaning Lab, says with a little bit of water, soap and vinegar, you’ll be good to go. Forté also mentioned that it’s best to check the cleaning instructions from your coffee maker’s manufacturer, as all machines are slightly different. Follow its guidelines or these simple steps:

What You’ll Need

Step 1: Wash removable parts with dish soap after every use.

      “This is important because it helps remove coffee drips, grinds and the oils that are left behind,” Forté says. “You can hand-wash the pieces at the sink in warm, soapy water, but often the parts

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