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Using a cooling rack in the oven [Moved from Home Cooking board]

quentin Aug 13, 2007 06:01 PM

Hi - I'd like to make a recipe that calls for using a rack on top of a sheet in the oven. The only thing I can find are cooling racks. Can I use a cooling rack in the oven?

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    RGC1982 Aug 14, 2007 12:19 PM

    I've used the ones with a cross pattern (versus parallel bars) in the over up to 400 degrees with no problem and no warping.

    1. jfood Aug 14, 2007 10:28 AM

      jfood's cooling racks and oven racks are interchanged all the time. Do not see any reason a cooling rack can't go into the oven.

      1. flourgirl Aug 14, 2007 07:53 AM

        I use cooling racks set in a baking sheet when I bake biscotti. Placing the sliced biscotti on the cooling rack for the second bake means you don't have to turn them over. And I've never had a problem with them. I think the only caveat is that I don't use coated non-stick ones in the oven - only stainless steel.

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          bear Aug 14, 2007 06:58 AM

          I've wondered the same thing, but have never tried it. I've thought of using them when cooking roasts and turkeys. My cooling racks are pretty flimsy, so I've hesitated.

          Roasting pans often come with racks, and I'm guessing you could buy one separately if you decide to go that route, but I'm not sure.

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          1. re: bear
            Ruth Lafler Aug 14, 2007 10:13 AM

            I've used my flimsy cooling racks in the oven with no problem (I've also used a round one at the bottom of a stockpot for canning with no problem).

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              bear Aug 14, 2007 10:26 AM

              Thanks, Ruth. Now I can bravely forge on!

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            lora Aug 13, 2007 06:12 PM

            I have subjected my cooling racks to high heat (I sometimes fake a grill by placing them on a wok ring over a burner). Nothing bad has ever happened to them. It's possible they'll warp, I guess, but if they're plain metal I can't imagine what else would happen to them.

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            1. re: lora
              MMRuth Aug 14, 2007 06:14 AM

              I've used them as well in the oven with no problems.

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