What are some of the most bougie kitchen appliances you can think of? Espresso makers straight from Italy maybe come to mind, but hear us out on this one: warming trays.
Sure, it’s not going to cost you a fortune or make your kitchen look like it came right out of a magazine, but it is a simple, affordable way to actually increase ease. When you buy a warming tray as a kitchen appliance, you’ll be shocked at just how much you end up using it — and that’s why, at least in our book, it’s one of the easiest ways to elevate your kitchen.
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Warming Trays for Events
When you first think of warming trays, perhaps you think of chafing dishes at a fancy event. You’re not wrong! Here are some events for which you may like to have a warming tray.
From your annual Independence Day party to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and more, a warming tray will come in clutch every time. You can also choose various styles of warming trays — ones that are more for serving, ones with multiple partitions and lids, ones with one lid, ones with no lid, etc. For you, this adds up to getting the best warming tray for you and your needs.
Tired of gravy going cold at Thanksgiving? A warming tray has your back. Done with microwaved pasta just not tasting as good? Again, a warming tray is to the rescue.
Next up, weddings. Whether the event is fully catered or not, it’s never a bad idea to have a warming tray (or two or three) on hand, especially for wedding receptions, which are typically a bit more low-key and filled with tasty hors d’oeuvres instead of main courses. You can find a warming tray that’s just right for the food you’re serving, and you then get to keep the warming tray after the wedding and continue to get use out of it.
Speaking of continued use, it doesn’t have to be a big holiday party or wedding to make a warming tray worth it. Even for small get-togethers with a handful of friends, having a warming tray is a great solution. We all know how it goes: they come over, you eat food and drink the wine they brought, you drink more wine, and then — et voilà — you want more food. Of course you do! If you’ve had it sitting in a warming tray the whole time, then there’s no hassle with new dishes and microwaving food; you can simply dig in and keep enjoying each other’s company.
Warming Trays for Your Everyday Life
Just because events like the ones we mentioned above are great for warming dishes, that doesn’t mean you can’t capitalize on their greatness only at events. We’ve found two fantastic reasons to use warming dishes in your everyday life; let us know in the comments if you have any other reasons!
Let’s say you’ve slaved away over dinner and it’s exquisite. And then you remember it’s soccer night for your oldest girl, a study group for your middle schooler, and your partner sends a text saying they’re caught up at work. Well, shoot.
It doesn’t have to be that complicated! Instead, serve up your food, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get to eating — their food will still be hot and delicious when they get home because you’ve placed it on a warming tray. Even if it’s just a basic meal instead of one you spent oodles of time on, the principle still applies.
Finally, warming trays can help you be time efficient when cooking. For those meals when you are putting in more effort — or where you get called away halfway through — a warming tray can help keep parts of your meal warm while your attention is divided. This means you can finish the side dish and keep it warm while then running a quick errand, picking up around the house, or starting on another part of the meal.
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Let us know in the comments which product you end up choosing and how it works out for you! Check out some of these other kitchen product reviews while you’re here:
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