If you’re like me, you use the drawer below your oven to store cookie sheets, cutting boards, and whatever else you can cram in there.
But that’s not how you’re supposed to be using it.
If you have an electric oven, that nifty little space is actually a warming drawer, and it’s meant to keep food at serving temperature. (If you have a gas stove, it’s likely that drawer is for broiling.)
How many people actually use it for that instead of extra cabinet space, though? No clue. People on the internet seem pretty confused about it, too:
Has anyone ever used the warming drawer on their oven for anything other than pan storage? 🧐🧐— Craig Eckelberg (@craigeckelberg) January 9, 2018
Oh, that drawer below the oven is a "warming drawer". I always thought it was oven accessory storage.— Monkey! 🐵 (@iamrealmonkey) March 16, 2015
Does anybody actually use the warming drawer on their oven for its intended purpose as opposed to storage?— Kelli Ann Terrill (@kelterrill) September 10, 2018
As much as we appreciate it for its cookware-holding capabilities, it could definitely come in handy when we’re entertaining this holiday season.
When guests are running late, just stow dinner away in the warming drawer until they arrive--if you’re willing to give up storage space, that is.