Here's What That Drawer Underneath Your Oven Is Actually For

Hint: It's not for storing baking sheets.

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If you're like us, you probably use that big drawer underneath your stove to hoard cookie sheets, muffin tins and bulky skillets.

But regardless of what you put in it, we bet you aren't using that space for its intended purpose: a warming drawer.

Yep, that's right. It sounds crazy that appliance manufacturers expect us to let such a large potential storage space sit empty, but on many oven models it's designed to simply be a spot to keep your food warm.

If you're skeptical, just dig up the owner's manual. You may find a description like this: "The 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."

This news may or may not come as a surprise to you, but if you think you'd miss the extra storage space, we have a solution. Continue storing your extra pots and pans in the drawer — and then just empty it to keep dinner warm when your guests are running late. Win-win!

(h/t Travel + Leisure)

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