onsidering that I will often rage against the machine only to realize that the toaster isn't actually plugged in, it's safe to say that I won't be getting my own show on Food Network any time soon.
But I do occasionally use the oven, and I have to admit that I don't store my pans in the bottom drawer — mostly because I only have two baking sheets that I store in a cupboard.
But I’m told that a lot of people stick all their pans down there, which I think is a damn good idea I will implement if I ever buy any more pans.
It turns out, however, that you’ve been using that drawer the wrong way your entire life.
YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, PEOPLE!
It just so happens that it serves an entirely different purpose, one that is actually just as helpful.
According to Boredom Therapy, it's actually a "warming drawer" and it's "designed to keep hot foods at serving temperature."
The intended purpose of the warming drawer is to keep certain dishes at a high temperature when hosting parties or family functions.
I do neither, which might be why I've never considered using this function before.
But for all you Martha Stewarts out there, it’s helpful because if the oven is full of other food, you don’t have to worry about the food you’ve already baked getting cold before the rest of your meal is finished.
There is a warning about this, though, so let's be clear about something.
You should always start with hot food, because cold or room-temperature foods cannot be heated, warmed, or cooked in the warming drawer. Bacteria can grow quickly when food is left between 40 and 140 degrees, which would put a real damper on that dinner party.
Also, not EVERY oven has the warming feature, so be sure to solidify that detail before you stick hot food in a drawer and wonder why it gets cold. (I checked. I actually don’t have this warming feature, just a broiler, so there go my plans of culinary greatness.)
With that said, go ahead and keep your pans in the drawer if you want. But if you’re hosting some friends and want to keep those waffles warm while you bake up some scones, now you know just how you can do it.