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FTWD instead of FTC?

HDmstngHDmstng Posts: 192
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
Our oven has a warming drawer and I was thinking that could be a good alternative to using a cooler in the FTC method?  Are there other benefits to the cooler that would be lost by using the warming drawer?


  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,014
    The tightness of the seal and insulative properties, possibly. Not all ovens have the same quality of insulation on the warming drawer as the oven. The drawer itself is not always insulated either. Since the cooler is insulated, moisture and heat will be retained inside the cooler and not lost to conduction.

    I would guess that you can use the warming drawer but not for as long as a cooler. Plus it not as portable, for obvious reasons. The potluck would have to be at your house.

  • Without knowing how the warming occurs, my guess would be some sort of radiant heat coils and/or a fan?  I dunno... but if that's the case, you could end up drying out or overcooking your food if left in there for too long. 

    Keep in mind that there's a difference between insulating the heat from escaping that's already stored inside the meat once it's been cooked (what the cooler does) vs keeping the food warm by constantly delivering new heat to it (what the warming feature on your stove would do).

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  • Warming drawer works and is OK for a short hold. A foil wrapped butt, no towel, into the warming drawer (or in our case the upper oven set to the warming drawer temp) was held very well for an hour or so. Always used the cooler for anything longer. My "friend" used his dishwasher. It was empty, ran it through a hot rinse cycle to warm it and then put his FT butt on the lower rack (Kitchen-Aid, the lower rack tines fold down) His wife asked why he had not used the microwave, but he already had it in the dishwasher. His cooler was already full of ice and adult beverage and I, I mean he, was not going to move them! 
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