Heating up a complete oven takes a good quantity of power, and it may really feel a bit of wasteful to make use of all of it to warmth a single foodstuff (whether or not a Social gathering Pizza or a small pork loin). However, as anybody who has ever used an oven is aware of, ovens keep sizzling and toasty even after they’re switched off—such is the miracle of thermodynamics—so that you would possibly as nicely put that warmth to work.
Let’s say, as an illustration, that you’ve got bought (or baked) a beautiful baguette to eat together with your oven-cooked supper, however all your butter is (tragically) fridge-cold and laborious. Put the butter in a rimmed dish, set the dish on the nice and cozy oven, and let it sit and soften whilst you set the desk. (How shortly it softens will rely on how sizzling you had that factor operating, so use your finest judgment.) In case your bread is a bit stale, don’t fret; residual warmth may also be used to crisp up a loaf of bread that’s a day or two previous (run it under water first it it’s actually stale).
If a very good little bit of time has handed and a lot of the warmth has already seeped out of your oven, you possibly can elevate your cheese course by utilizing the final little bit of lingering heat to convey a fancy cheese to room temperature. (Room temp cheese tastes much better than chilly cheese.) You can even toss bread dough in there and use it as a proofing drawer—however solely after it’s cooled down considerably; you need it heat—between 75 and 95ºF—not sizzling.
I discover a still-warm oven to be particularly useful within the morning. I’ll usually maintain my bacon within the oven after I’ve turned it off to maintain it sizzling, and I’ll toss the toast in there to maintain it, nicely, toasty, till the eggs are prepared. (I all the time prepare dinner the eggs final, since they prepare dinner shortly and should be served piping sizzling.) If you happen to’re oven wasn’t set too excessive to start with, you possibly can even use it as a plate hotter. Nothing ruins a sizzling egg fairly like a cold plate.