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SuperClydesdale Dec 22, 2011 09:15 AM

'Hounds

What do you use for baking racks that will fit inside a standard half-sheet pan? I plan to roast a butterflied turkey and want something to keep the bird on out of the pan juices and allow air to circulate under the bird. All I seem to find are lighter-duty cooling racks that don't fit snugly.

Has anybody tried this: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO...? If so, how tall is it? Does it work? What works better?

My search thus far is harder than I expected.

Mark

  1. SanityRemoved Dec 22, 2011 10:03 AM

    Here you go:
    http://www.vollrathco.com/catalog_pro...

    I have the full size rack and the quality is excellent. Visit your local restaurant supply or order online, just do a search for Vollrath and the part number you want. Measure your pan to be safe.

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    1. re: SanityRemoved
      paulj Dec 22, 2011 11:37 AM

      Better yet buy rack and pan at the same time. The rack that I bought at a kitchen supply was just a smidgen to wide from the half sheet pans that I have. It does not rest flush on the 4 feet. It is usable, but it would have been better if I'd done the test fit in the store.

      For most applications a rack that fits just inside the pan is tall enough, and sturdy enough. The same thing should work for baking, cooling, and draining (fried items).

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      jomo9501 Dec 22, 2011 12:42 PM

      I just brought these for my pans and they seem to fit ok.

      http://www.webstaurantstore.com/12-x-...

      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Dec 22, 2011 11:34 PM

        Have you tried your friendly local restaurant supply store? The one here has the half-sheet racks sitting right next to the half-sheet pans.

        1. jnk Dec 23, 2011 04:33 AM

          As has been said earlier, you're best to take you 1/2 sheet pan to whichever store you'll buy the rack in. I think though that a 1/2 sheet pan might be too shallow for the fat that will come off of a whole turkey that's been butterflied.

          1. m
            monopod Dec 23, 2011 08:11 AM

            FWIW, I cooked a butterflied 13-lb turkey recently and ran into the same issue. Instead of a rack, I propped the turkey on top of cut-up onions, carrots and fennel. It did the same job, plus the roasting vegetables added great flavor to the drippings (which I used to make gravy).

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            1. re: monopod
              paulj Dec 23, 2011 08:55 AM

              Or combine the methods, and spread the layer of chopped vegetables under the rack.

            2. pdxgastro Dec 26, 2011 05:41 PM

              I have used cooling racks (like for cookies) as baking racks. They fit inside the 1/2 sheet pan perfectly. Unfortunately, after cooking some meats on them I can no longer use them as cooling racks but I still use them for baking racks.

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