What Is a Warming Drawer Used For?

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A warming drawer is a small appliance designed to keep cooked foods warm for a period of time. The warming drawer looks like a standard kitchen drawer, or it can be built into the bottom of a stove.


A busy household uses a warming drawer when the family eats at different times. One cooked meal remains hot for five to six hours, according to the Warming Drawers website. During holidays and for parties, food can be cooked in advance while other food is being prepared, or kept warm for late arriving guests.


Food inside the warming drawer remains hot and nutrient values are preserved. Different settings are for different types of foods. Built-in moisture controls help retain the texture of food, while the crisp or dry setting works best for fried foods and baked goods.


A warming draw is an energy efficient way to keep food warm; it consumes 450 to 600 watts of energy. The heating element does not need to stay on to maintain the optimal temperature. Instead, the heating element only comes on as needed.

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