MOST ovens come with a handy drawer underneath where most people store their pots and pans – but do you know it actually has a different purpose?
Here’s what you’re really supposed to use it for.
Getty Images Many people use the drawer under their oven for storage, but it is actually used as a food warmer in many models
What are you supposed to use the draw under your oven for?
The space was designed to be a warming drawer, meaning food can be kept hot while you prepare the rest of your dinner.
The warming drawer is particularly useful if you are hosting a large dinner party and need to use the main oven for a number of dishes.
With the use of the extra space, food can be cooked in batches but stored warm until everything is ready to eat.
It can also be handy for when you need to make meals a few hours before you are ready to eat, as they can be kept warm.
Getty Images Some warming drawers are able to prove dough, defrost food, be used as a slow cooker and keep food warm
Can you use it for cooking?
It is important to know the drawer isn’t designed to be used for cooking food as bacteria can grow at low temperatures, according to Real Simple.
However, some models are able to prove dough, defrost food, be used as a slow cooker and keep food warm.
Others have humidity controls so you can keep food from drying out.