For many Thanksgiving diners, turkey is merely a vehicle for the star of the show: the gravy. But when gravy fans ask for a second helping (as they always do), they’re likely to find a cold, congealed mess. Enter the Deni Electric Gravy Warmer, which promises warm gravy “whenever your guests are ready.” But whether that meant 30 minutes or 3 hours past the initial serving took some further testing.
Gadget name: Deni Electric Gravy Warmer
How it’s supposed to work: The device consists of a ceramic sauceboat atop an electric heating base.
How we tested it: We whipped up some homemade gravy and hollandaise sauce, preheated them, and added them to the gravy warmer.
How it actually works: Both stayed warm—not hot—for three hours.
Drawbacks: We were troubled by the extremes in temperature our sauces reached: 180 degrees near the bottom of the boat and as low as 98 degrees at the surface.
Good to know: Federal guidelines recommend keeping food in the 90-to 140-degree range for one hour at most, so we wouldn’t advise filling the boat and forgetting about it.
Best for: The boat handles liquids well, pouring sticky maple syrup with only a couple of drips.
Overall: It keeps preheated sauces and gravy warm, but at temperatures too low to be safe past one hour.