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Warming Drawer and Stainless Appliances

AngelinaCookalina's picture

Still looking at new houses.  Found one I like where the kitchen is already planned but not yet put in.  The plans list a warming drawer. 


Can someone tell me what this is used for?  Is it really any use? Or is it one of those kitchen gadgets that no one really makes use of and won't be installed in any kitchen 10-15 years from now?


Also, I think Stainless steel appliances are planned for the kitchen. Our household has many small children (4 children under 8 years old) that will surely touch everything in the kitchen.  I read about complaints of fingerprints/smudges with stainless steel.  I would like to keep the appliances looking well kept/ shiny since the kitchen is open to the rest of the main level.  How bad is the smudge problem really? Is it really high maintenance? Should I stay away from the stainless steel because of the high traffic the the kitchen?


 

ZippyZoom's picture

(post #53836, reply #1 of 15)

We finished our kitchen redo about two months ago and put in a warming drawer.  For us it has two functions: warming plates while things are cooking- (we usually forget to do this unless an elaborate meal is in the works), and keeping dinner warm for my spouse who has very erratic hours.  It does an excellent job at both things, and food quality of meals on "kept warm" plates seems to be better than re-heated ones.  With our lifestyle, it gets used two or three times a week, and to us it is worth it.  If we only used it to warm empty plates, I would be hard pressed to justify the expense. 


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MadMom's picture

(post #53836, reply #2 of 15)

Hi, Zippy - One of the selling points when I bought my Dishwasher was that it could be used to warm the dinner plates, but you know, I never think of it and haven't used it once.  I've always wanted a warming drawer, though...can you set them at a low enough temperature that they can be used for dough to rise in?

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transona5's picture

(post #53836, reply #3 of 15)

can you set them at a low enough temperature that they can be used for dough to rise in?


No. They can be set from 150-225 degrees to keep food above the temp. danger zone. Our proof box at work is set to stay between 110 and 120 degrees.


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MadMom's picture

(post #53836, reply #4 of 15)

Well, drat...I thought I had another really great excuse to get one!

When I die, I want to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather...
Not yelling and screaming, like the passengers in his car!

AngelinaCookalina's picture

(post #53836, reply #5 of 15)

I saw a warming drawer with a proof setting on it.  It was at an appliance website like Ge or Maytag... I can't remember exactly which one.


sorry, but at least now you know they exist.


 


THANKS Zippy!


 

APonKP's picture

(post #53836, reply #6 of 15)

Angelina, I think that with some of the good cleaners for stainless you would be ok with it.  They sort of "repel" fingerprints.


As for a warming drawer, I don't have one, but I sure wish I did.  If I can ever enlarge this kitchen it is high on my list.  It seems a lot more energy efficient for warming plates.   I think we underestimate the importance of warming a plate,
and it seems it would also be best for doing that.  Or, you could warm your pajamas on a cold night!  ;)


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AngelinaCookalina's picture

(post #53836, reply #7 of 15)

Your joke about warming my pajamas in the warming drawer makes logging on tonight worth it.  I got a good chuckle- which is hard to come by during my overly serious house hunting time.  Thank you!


Thanks also for the information on stainless applainces.  It was a lingering concern and I'm glad to have it addressed.


 

NihonNoCook's picture

(post #53836, reply #8 of 15)

I just saw an ad in Good Housekeeping for some new finish on appliances that looks like brushed stainless steel, but isn't, and doesn't have the smudge factor that real steal has.


I can vouch for the smudging first-hand.  Our kitchen counter in Japan was brushed stainless steel, with a sort of waffle-weave pattern to it.  It looked great, for about 30 seconds after you cleaned it.  Then every piece of lint, dirt, grease, and such was magnetically attracted to it, and VERY obvious.  The counter even showed cat footprints (our cat liked to hang out in the (wet) kitchen sink, go figure), which none of our other surfaces ever have.  Personally, I think the fridge would be hard to keep attractive with that sort of surface on it.


Then again, if your fridge is like mine, you'll only be able to see 6 square inches of the finish, because the rest will be covered with photographs, restaurant reviews, and old Bloom County cartoons.  So the finish may be a moot point!


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gjander's picture

(post #53836, reply #9 of 15)

We have stainless steel appliances in our kitchen--fridge, range, hood, refrigerator, and the backsplash behind the range.  I really don't find it to be much of an issue, actually.  The fridge and dishwasher are probably the most susceptible to smudging.  And if you aren't careful when putting dishes away sometimes water will drip down the front of the dishwasher and leave ugly streaks.  That being said, we don't have any children running around. 

APonKP's picture

(post #53836, reply #10 of 15)

Stainless steels vary in quality and ease of cleaning.  The cheaper ones can be pretty nasty.  But a black porcelain finish can show smudges too.


Nihon has a good point about the refrigerator.  Little budding Van Goghs deserve to have their work displayed on the door.


A book is like a garden carried in your pocket.   Chinese proverb
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
BondFBond's picture

(post #53836, reply #11 of 15)

IMO black porcelain would show smudges worse than stainless steel.  I have a stainless steel stove, a Frigidaire Gallery.  According to the place I bought it from (highly reputable), unless you're getting a commercial stove, you're not getting the highest quality of stainless, hence more susceptibility to fingerprints/smudges.  I am not on top of keeping my stove immaculate but it doesn't look bad at all - much much better than I would have thought.  And the prints, etc., clean up easily.  It's much less fussy that I pictured, and I love it.  And it has a warming drawer, too, which I use mainly to heat up plates, and keep dishes of food warm.  It has a dial, giving you a fair range of temperatures - none of which I can quote, but I think it's excellent.  It can get hot enough for oven mitts!  I use it a whole lot.

MadMom's picture

(post #53836, reply #12 of 15)

ITA about the black porcelain.  We had a black smooth cooktop at our previous home, and you could just look at the darn thing and it would smudge...horrible.  My stainless Dacor is a breeze to clean up, likewise the ovens and fridge and DW and microwave...all stainless.  Yes, they do get smudgy - particularly the refrigerator when I use a food-covered hand to reach in for something - but a spray and a wipe and they're clean again...the black cooktop just never looked right.  If you tried to clean it, the smudge just became a big blob, and if you cleaned that, it just became a bigger blob.  Horrid.

When I die, I want to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather...
Not yelling and screaming, like the passengers in his car!

Li's picture

(post #53836, reply #13 of 15)

>>>the black cooktop just never looked right. If you tried to clean it, the smudge just became a big blob, and if you cleaned that, it just became a bigger blob.

Oh thank God. I thought I was just a really bad housekeeper. I CANNOT get this thing clean for the life of me. I've tried everything. I am beginning to have an abnormal fear of sautéing because of the splatter factor, cooking bacon really freaks me out, and I have resorted to keeping a nice big red Le Creuset dutch oven on the stovetop at all times to divert attention from the grease blobs.

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MadMom's picture

(post #53836, reply #14 of 15)

It helps to understand that my DH is a neat freak, and when I saw that even he couldn't keep the dang thing clean, I realized it was simply impossible.  There ought to be some sort of disclaimer.  For whatever it's worth, our cooktop was a Kenmore, from Sears, and we got some sort of cleaner from them which was the best one we found, but nothing, absolutely nothing, would get and keep that thing clean.

When I die, I want to go peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather...
Not yelling and screaming, like the passengers in his car!

KarenP's picture

(post #53836, reply #15 of 15)

 um...MM?  is that like I know how to spell engineer ..thats A N A L


something like that???