Warming drawers, both indoor and outdoor, are great for keeping hot foods at their ideal serving temperature. If they’re outside, warming drawers can usually operate in temperatures as low as freezing — 32°F (0°C) — but any colder than that, and the warming function of the drawer may be affected.
Different types of cooked foods can be placed in a warming drawer together.
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HOW TO OPERATE A WARMING DRAWER
- Turn the warming setting to either Lo (low), between Lo and Med (medium-low), Med (medium), between Med and Hi (medium-high), or Hi (high). For best results, set the warming drawer to medium or higher for any dish containing meat, poultry, or seafood.
- Choose the MOIST or DRY setting, depending on your preference.
- Allow enough time for the warming drawer to preheat. Approximate preheating times are 5 minutes for low, 10 minutes for medium, and 20 minutes for high.
- When finished with the warming drawer, turn the control knob to OFF.
Warming Drawer Tips and Tricks
If you’re using a warming drawer to keep several different kinds of food warm at the same time, use the setting for the food that calls for the highest temperature. Place the foods that require the highest temperature nearest to the bottom, and place foods that require the lowest temperature on the highest rack.
- The warming drawer is meant to keep food warm for short periods of time, not for hours on end. For best results, avoid keeping foods in the warming drawer for longer than one hour. For smaller dishes or for foods that are especially sensitive to heat, such as eggs, avoid keeping them in the warming drawer for longer than 30 minutes.
- Before placing foods in the warming drawer, ensure they are thoroughly cooked.
- Always cover foods in the warming drawer with a lid. Baked items such as bread, pies, and pastries can be heated from room temperature using the high temperature setting (in oven-safe containers), but be sure to remove all plastic bags before warming.
- While the warming drawer is preheating, you can warm up oven-safe dinner plates and serving dishes.
- To keep heat in, place the rack and cookware in the warming drawer prior to preheating.