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Aug 13, 2007 06:01 PM

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

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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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

        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

          Thanks, Ruth. Now I can bravely forge on!

      2. 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.

        1. 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. 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.