Ever Wonder What Your Oven Drawer Was Designed For?

We’ve all seen the drawers under our ovens, and we surely do utilize the extra space. Whether it be for extra pots and pans, towels, or even spices: there’s no denying that this little pocket of helpfulness is nothing shy of highly used. People rarely talk about it, and why would they? It’s a minuscule drawer that functions as storage, as any other drawer or cabinet in the kitchen does.

But is that what it’s truly intended for – the storage of baking sheets and cookie pans?

Actually, this drawer isn’t supposed to be a storage space for your extra pots and baking pans. Rather, its original purpose is to be used for keeping those baked goods and entrees you’ve carefully and craftily created warm.

That’s right, it’s not placed under the oven for the purposes we’ve come to know and love. According to many labels and manuals for ovens, you’ll see this written somewhere:

The warming drawer is designed to keep hot foods at serving temperature. Always start with hot food. Cold or room-temperature foods cannot be heated, warmed, or cooked in the warming drawer. Bacteria will grow very rapidly in food that is between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.”

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Though it is highly convenient to deploy this drawer for pesky pans or those out-of-use appliances we forget we have, it’s true intentions prove differently. After all, it is located directly underneath the oven, and it turns out that’s intentional. When you think about it, this tactic and placement is extremely logical, and even economical.

Rather than leaving your oven on a lower temperature to keep foods warm, you can simply turn the oven off, and place your meal—or cookies—in this drawer, keep them at the perfect temperature, and save money on gas and/or electricity.

It’s a win-win of massive proportions, and now you can tell all your friends about your new-found knowledge and spark a kitchen revolution.

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