A warming drawer is a versatile kitchen appliance designed to provide gentle heat and a controlled environment that aids in a number of cooking and baking tasks. A warming drawer, sometimes called a baking drawer, can be used to help bread dough rise, keep dishes warm until serving, and sometimes features a slow cooker function. Warming drawers are available as a stand-alone appliance built into your kitchen cabinets or integrated with a kitchen range.
Warming drawers help the avid baker take breads, rolls, and more to the next level, and enable the ultimate meal presentation by ensuring your dishes stay warm until you’re ready to serve. With a slow cook function available on select KitchenAid® models, you can discover new techniques and multi-task while you test new recipes. Elevate your kitchen, and your cooking, with a KitchenAid® Warming Drawer.
What is a proofing or proving drawer?
A proving drawer is an oven compartment or separate appliance with a limited temperature range that helps dough rise properly. In culinary terms, “proofing” or “proving” refers to the process of letting dough rise before it is baked. Some bakers use their warming drawer’s proofing function for their dough because it provides the gentle heat and draft-free area needed for a good rise. This, in turn, helps breads, rolls and other leavened dough recipes achieve their best taste and texture.
Is a warming drawer standard for most ovens?
Integrated warming drawers are not standard on every oven, but they are an available option on some ranges. These integrated warming drawers are usually located below the main oven compartment to let you continue roasting or baking while keeping completed dishes warm for serving. Select KitchenAid® ranges feature an integrated warming drawer, sometimes called a baking drawer.
Can I install a warming drawer separately?
If you don’t have a warming drawer in your oven, you can install a stand-alone warming drawer in your kitchen instead. Warming drawers can come in a number of designs and finishes to match your style, as well as range in size from around 24" to 30". Some may come with additional options like humidity controls or a slow cooking mode to help you create a wide range of entrées, side dishes, baked goods, desserts and more.
Explore KitchenAid® warming drawer options
Ready to add a warming drawer to your kitchen to help you bake, roast and serve your latest creations? KitchenAid offers a wide range of warming drawers in styles and sizes so you can find your perfect fit. You can also choose from select models of slide-in ranges that feature built-in warming drawers to help you slow cook, roast, bake and more without missing a beat. Here are some options from KitchenAid:
This space-saving option is great for those who need a warming drawer that fits in a regular cabinet space. The sleek stainless steel exterior complements most kitchens from classic to modern designs. It features options like a slow cook function, sensor temperature control and a bread proofing setting to help you create a range of recipes or multi-task when cooking up a feast.
This 30” warming drawer blends in with kitchen cabinets and offers plenty of space to slow cook meats, proof bread dough or simply keep multiple dishes at serving temperature. Its features include a slow cook function, sensor temperature control, a bread proofing option and custom control technology with specific temperature ranges to help you prove your dinner rolls, keep roasted vegetables warm and cook meats to your preference.
This dual fuel range offers the benefits of a gas cooktop and electric oven in one stylish and versatile appliance. Best of all, it features a baking drawer that offers warming, slow cooking and baking functionality. This sleek slide-in range is perfect for people who want a built-in look. It can also conserve space in your kitchen by combining a cooktop, oven and warming drawer into one appliance.
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