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Microwavable heating pad turns cold oven into proof box

HeidiH's picture

Microwavable heating pad turns cold oven into proof box

After trying all sorts of work arounds to turn my oven into a proof box on cold days with the windows open, I tried nuking a microwaveable heating pad hubby has for his  bursitis, putting it on the shelf below the bowl of dough in a cold oven.  It keeps the oven warm for a good long time and seems to work better than the rather wimpy light bulb.


shastaflour's picture

What a terrific low-tech solution! Is that one of the pads that is filled with rice, or does it utilize something else? How long does the pad give off enough heat?

I would love to try this. :)


HeidiH's picture

It's a microwaveable moist heat pad.  I don't know what the beads are inside of it.   Today I microwaved it for 90 seconds each time I did a stretch and fold at 45 minute intervals and that kept the oven warm enough but not hot. 

bertie26's picture

thanks for the wonderful idea.


JoyousMN's picture

That is a great idea. I've been heating up a big pan of boiling water and setting it in the oven. It provides a nice bit of steam and warmth. But it doesn't last very long, I'm guessing the microwave heating pad might last longer.