Baker's Cooling Rack

Published November 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

When you need to cool multiple sheets of cookies, finding enough counter space can be a problem. That's when you should reach for this vertical cooling rack.

Overview:

When you need to cool multiple sheets of cookies, finding enough counter space can be a problem. We tested the Linden Sweden Baker’s Mate Cooling Rack ($19.99), which vertically stacks cooling baking sheets. We put hot trays of heavy chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies on the rack and removed them randomly to see if different stacking combinations would cause it to tip. It barely wobbled. Then we stacked four sheet cakes in heavy 13- by 9-inch Pyrex baking dishes. No problems. Shelves are spaced 3 inches apart and collapse to fit tall items. The entire unit folds down to a height of 1 inch, making it easy to store. One quibble—each “shelf” is a single metal rod shaped as a 9-inch rectangle, so it can’t hold a pan of brownies baked in an 8-inch square baking pan, because the pan would fall through. But the next time we go on a baking spree, we’ll reach for this handy rack.

When you need to cool multiple sheets of cookies, finding enough counter space can be a problem. We tested the Linden Sweden Baker’s Mate Cooling Rack ($19.99), which vertically stacks cooling baking sheets. We put hot trays of heavy chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies on the rack and removed them randomly to see if different stacking combinations would cause it to tip. It barely wobbled. Then we stacked four sheet cakes in heavy 13- by 9-inch Pyrex baking dishes. No problems. Shelves are spaced 3¼ inches apart and collapse to fit tall items. The entire unit folds down to a height of 1 inch, making it easy to store. One quibble—each “shelf” is a single metal rod shaped as a 9½-inch rectangle, so it can’t hold a pan of brownies baked in an 8-inch square baking pan, because the pan would fall through. But the next time we go on a baking spree, we’ll reach for this handy rack.

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