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WAR(ming drawer) - What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing?

I bought a new stove last spring and it came with a warming drawer. My initial thought was "neat" but now that I've had it almost a year I can't seem to find a use for it. I put a dish or two in there at Thanksgiving, although since they were there less than half an hour I probably didn't need to. I warmed tortila chips in it for a party. And that's it.

Now I look at the drawer and think 'hmm - that looks like good storage space...'

Anybody have a hint or two about making use of this tool? What do you do with your warming drawer - or wish you could if you had one?

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  1. I warm plates in it all the time. I use it to keep pancakes warm while I finish the batch. I use it when I make bacon so the grease can be absorbed on by a paper towew while the bacon stays hot and crispy. It gets used other things too, probably use it at least three times a week.

    1. A true "warming drawer" controls heat and humidity (keeps a plate of food warm without drying it out). The warming drawers on ranges are pretty limited (and less convenient if they take the place of the broiler, below the main oven). The concept is either pre-heating plates or keeping a plate of food at serving temperature (if someone's running late for dinner then you can keep their food warm without drying it out or needed to microwave it).

      1. Ditto on the plates. Glaze your breakfast pastries and let 'em get gooey while the oven is making bacon, for those who don't like crispy strips. Hold the scrambled eggs Bourget at the same time. Let the lasagne set up while you high temp your oven roasted root vegetables. Most any casserole does better if it is held longer at serving temperature. Just installed the drawer; it has the bakeware sheets and racks stored in it that used to live in the drawer that was lost to the warmer. Small inconvenience for added functionality in the kitchen!

        1. Proofing bread dough when the house is cold.

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          1. re: Bat Guano

            thank you for this tip...I have been using my drawer for storage and wondered where I could proof dough (my microwave is too small).

            1. re: foufou

              I proof bread in the dishwasher fairly soon after a load is done. I just take out enough clean dishes to make room for the bowl/pans.

          2. We got a warming oven last year when we re-did our kitchen, and it has been used almost every single day since. We warm plates for every dinner, I proof bread in the oven, we let meat rest in the oven and keep various other foods warm while we cook the rest of the dinner. Once you make it a part of your cooking routine, you will see the benefit and wonder how you got along without it!

            1. The warming drawer is the first thing I turn on in the kitchen when I head in for meal prep. OK, that's a lie, I guess the light switch is first, then the warming drawer.

              Plates are a natural and sometimes, I just unload the dishwasher plates directly into the warming drawer to save a step.
              I use it for bread dough rising as well as heated bread/rolls/tortillas at mealtime.
              I have been known to put undies in there for a chilly day dressing treat. A bath towel is in there right now for my husband's later use.
              Houseguests are sure to find something in the WD if they hit the kitchen when I'm not there.
              Fried chicken happily waits for the rest of the meal in the WD, as do bacon & sausage for weekend breakfasts.
              Sheet pans of cookies stay warm for snacking.
              It is invaluable for entertaining and holidays even with two large ovens.

              Mine is unattached to the ovens. It is 36" wide and a joy to have. I looked for the largest one possible and would have bought a bigger one if it existed.

              Where is yours located? Something I've noticed is a kind of afterthought placement for WDs, i.e. stuck off in a corner or practically on the floor. We located ours front & center so it is accessible and easily to see/use. When they're out of the way, they likely could be forgotten.

              1. Warming serving platters before serving food family style is a good idea, but if you tend to plate individually, then this is not a big deal to you. It is in my Italian kitchen because we eat family style.

                You can also warm bread in it, warm your serving plates in it, and hold some courses while you are cooking others. Again, if you don't normally serve mutlple courses or bread, it is a waste. You can almost do everything the same way by turning on your oven on 200 and being very careful, maybe even turning the oven off before putting anything in it.

                I had one once and used it as described above. I have two ovens now and no warming drawer, and I am happier with two ovens. It might be nice to have all three.

                1. Sounds useful. I'd use it for resting meat, pancakes, proofing and for keeping stuff warm where you've mis-timed part of a meal

                  1. Doesn't everyone just use the warming drawer to store pot lids?

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                    1. re: mr jig

                      I have no idea, I just thought this post was funny. Carry on.

                    2. Two years later I have to admit - I started storing my baking pans in the warming drawer. Works for me.

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                      1. re: lupaglupa

                        No undies in there for a chilly day dressing treat?

                      2. It's a holding bin for flat stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.

                        On a different tack, what is up with that ridiculous Bosch stove/oven user interface?

                        1. I just bought a new stove and purchased a model specifically to have a warming drawer. I use it mainly to make pizza dough, but it's great for keeping food warm (duh) if you haven't timed everything to finish at exactly the same time. I admit, I love it and I'm glad I have it.

                          1. I want a warming drawer for proofing bread and the 90 degree temp mentioned by someone with a warming drawer in Viking stove would be too hot. I'm wondering if I could convert a deep kitchen drawer to hold moisture and warm to about 80 degrees.