The Warming Tray Under the Oven is the Hidden Gem of the Kitchen
Do you know if there's a warming tray under your oven? You may have one and not even know it! Most people use the tray under their ovens to store pots and pans, which is fine, but they're missing out. Those in the know consider it to be the hidden gem of the kitchen. Here are the 6 best ways you can make use of the warming tray under your oven.
Think about breakfast foods that you cook in batches like pancakes, French toast, sausages, and hash browns. You'll want to keep the batches you've cooked first warm as you continue to cook more food. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees and transfer your finished batches to an oven-safe dish or tray. Then slide it into the warming tray under the oven. When you're ready to sit down to eat, everything will be nice and warm.
The warming tray under your oven will be your best friend if you're hosting for the holidays. After any side dishes have finished cooking, place them in the warming tray while your roast, ham, or turkey continues to cook in the main part of the oven. This is perfect for mashed potatoes, vegetables, and stuffing. If you are going to have any of these side dishes in the warming tray for more than 20 minutes, make sure that the temperature is at least 140 degrees. If it's not, bump up the temperature of the main oven.
If you're having a dinner party, you can use the warming tray to keep desserts at the perfect temperature while you're enjoying the main course. Just slide the desserts in the warming tray and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Pies, brownies, even simple chocolate chip cookies will all taste a bit more decadent when served warm.
To keep foods warm while serving, consider using the warming tray for your plates. Ceramic plates, in particular, retain heat nicely. To warm plates for serving, stack them in the warming tray under the oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Remove the plates after 15 minutes. You'll be surprised at how consistently warm your food is throughout the meal. Even if you don't want to do this every day, it's a nice touch around the holidays or when you have guests over.
Some, but not all, warming trays under ovens have the capability to broil foods. This is ideal for roasting vegetables and can do a nice job with steaks and some fish as well. Obviously, you'll need to check with your owner's manual to see if your warming tray doubles as a broiler.
It's not the ideal use for your warming tray, but there's nothing wrong with storing muffin tins, baking trays, pots, and pans in the warming tray while the oven is not in use. Just be sure to remove the items before you turn on the oven and never store anything flammable inside.
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