I’m sure there are times you wished that there was a drawer big enough to store all of your cookware, and there is! Many people forget that this drawer exists because it doesn’t look like it serves a huge purpose. Turns out that drawer under your stove is actually a warming drawer , meant to keep cooked food warm. Who would have thought!
Maybe you were already aware of this, but it is new information to me! Keep in mind that this drawer is intended to keep already cooked food warm in the drawer.
Now you aren’t doing anything wrong if you actually use the drawer to store cooking utensils, but I mean if you really want to use it for what it’s intended to do then you should put your food there to keep it nice and toasty warm!
Have you ever thought to read the label on the inside of the drawer or in your owner’s manual that says, “This 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.” The bacteria can grow in this drawer because the drawer is located so close to the ground. So maybe not put every single meal you intend to keep warm in the drawer, but it is nice to know that this drawer has a different function than you might have thought before.
Keep in mind that not all stoves have this drawer underneath. It all depends on the make and model of your appliance. Be sure to check your owner’s manual or search the part or model number online to see if your under-stove drawer is a warming unit or just used for storage.
How do you use your under-stove/oven/range drawer? Let us know in the comments below!
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