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Surprise! The Drawer Below Your Oven Isn’t for Storage

A stove with a warming drawer in a modern kitchen.

That drawer under your oven is the perfect place for thin cookware like cookie sheets and muffin tins. That’s what that space is for, right?

Actually, not quite — and it’s even written on the inside of most drawers or in the owner’s manual, letting us all know that it is, in fact, a “warming drawer.”

As the name implies, warming drawers are designed to keep food warm after cooking. Perfect for hosting dinners and parties, the warming drawer will keep food ready to eat and hot until your guests gather around the table.

Don’t worry about your food drying out down there either, as it’s recommended to wrap it in aluminum foil to keep the juiciness in.

Bakeware Storemore Adjustable Rack

Store your thin bakeware here instead.

If you have a gas stove, your drawer below is most likely for broiling. Gas stoves typically have a heating unit underneath the oven, which is very useful for browning dips and bakes, or melting the cheesy tops of mac and cheeses.

However, the warming function might not be included in some ovens. Be sure to check your oven’s manual online before you start placing your hot foods down there.

For some, it may feel odd to store prepared food so close to the ground, in which case, feel free to continue shoving your cookware below your oven. Or, check out these kitchen upgrades to achieve the ultimate storage space.

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