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Setting the Temperature and Moisture Control on the Warming Drawer

How to Set the Temperature and Moisture Control on Your Jenn-Air Warming Drawer

Control Knob

  • Push in and turn the control knob to turn on the warming drawer. The blue power indicator light will turn on while the warming drawer operates.
  • The temperature is controlled by rotating the control knob to the desired setting. The temperature setting ranges from Lo to Hi on the warming drawer control to keep heated foods warm at the selected temperatures.
  • When finished, turn the control knob to Off to turn off the warming drawer.
    • When the warming drawer is turned off, the blue power indicator light will go out, and the drawer will begin to cool. 

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Moist-Dry Slide Control 

The Moist-Dry slide control allows you to open or close the vent slots in the door. The Moist setting holds moisture in, while the Dry setting allows steam and moisture to escape from the drawer.

NOTE: Condensation may form on inner surfaces. This is normal.

  • To keep foods moist, slide the control to the Moist setting, which will close the vents. Closing the vents will seal the drawer and keep hot foods soft and moist.
  • To keep foods crisp, slide control to the Dry setting, which will open the vents. Opening the vents releases moisture from the drawer and keeps hot foods crisp and dry.


To use Warming Drawer: 

The indoor/outdoor warming drawer is ideal for keeping hot, cooked foods at serving temperature. It is designed to operate properly either indoors or outdoors at temperatures down to 32°F (0°C). If the drawer is operated at temperatures colder than 32°F (0°C), performance may be affected.  Different types of food may be placed in the warming drawer simultaneously. When keeping several types of food hot, use the setting for the highest temperature food in the warming drawer. Place foods requiring the highest temperature on the bottom of the drawer and those foods requiring the lowest temperature on the elevated rack. For best results, do not hold foods in the warming drawer longer than 1 hour. For smaller quantities or heat-sensitive foods, such as eggs, do not hold longer than 30 minutes. Food must be cooked and at serving temperature before being placed in the warming drawer. Cover foods with a lid. Breads, pastries, and fruit pies may be heated at room temperature in the Hi setting.


  1. Push in and turn the control knob to the desired food warming setting: Lo (low), between Lo and Med (medium-low), Med (medium), between Med and Hi (medium-high), or Hi (high).
  2. Select the Moist or Dry setting.
  3. Allow the warming drawer to preheat. Recommended minimum preheating times are 5 minutes for Lo, 10 minutes for Med, and 20 minutes for Hi.
  4. Remove food from plastic bags and place it in an oven-safe container. Oven-safe serving dishes and dinner plates can be heated while the warming drawer is preheating.
  5. Push in and turn the control knob to Off when finished.

CLICK HERE for more information about serving pans and their placement.

To use the Slow Cook Feature (Certain Models): 

The SLOW COOK function in the warming drawer cooks food slowly at a low temperature over a long period of time, similar to a countertop slow cooker. When the warming drawer is installed outdoors, the SLOW COOK function should not be used when the temperature is below 32°F (0°C). The guidelines for cooking times are 4 to 5 hours for Hi and 8 to 10 hours for Lo. Smaller quantities of food may require less time, while larger quantities may require more time. Before slow cooking, thaw frozen foods completely. Use serving pans (available for purchase) or oven-safe cookware when slow cooking.

  1. Push in and turn the control knob to the SLOW COOK zone and set the desired temperature: Lo or Hi. Preheating is not necessary.
  2. Place food into warming drawer. Food should be placed directly on the bottom of the warming drawer. Do not use the rack.
  3. Close the warming drawer. Be sure that the warming drawer is completely closed during operation.
  4. Turn the control knob to OFF when finished.

CLICK HERE for more information about serving pans and their placement. 

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