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Cooling rack slides around a little in the baking sheet...

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Recently bought from Target the Calphalon "Kitchen Essentials" baking sheets 2-pack and then 2 Kitchen Essentials cooling racks to go with them.

The racks fit inside the sheets okay. They fit perfectly long ways, but side-to-side there's maybe an inch where the sheet slides back and forth.

Is that normal? I don't have much experience with them save for when I was a kid and using them at a restaurant we worked at. They were much bigger, think they were called full size where-as these are quarter sized or something. But those racks fit in those sheets perfectly.

The measurements on the baking sheet are listed as 12" x 17". The rack lists as 11" x 16".

Should I return them to Target? Googling around about this, I saw where Costco has a sheet and rack combo that they sell in one package, so I'd assume that sheet and rack fit better? Would it?

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  1. <side-to-side there's maybe an inch where the sheet slides back and forth>

    In my experience, this is fine. It is a bit much, but it is fine as long as you are fine with it. A pan/rack combo will definitely fit better. However, there is no significant advantage of a tight fitting cooling rack. In my case, I don't even put my cooling rack inside of a baking sheet anyway. After baking, I take my baked goods (usually cookies) from the baking pan and transfer them on a cooling rack. So the cooling racks are never on top of (or inside) of the baking pan. I rarely use the cooling rack during the baking, and that would be using it as a drip rack, not cooling rack.

    1. Better that the rack be too small than too large. The first rack that I bought for half sheet pans was a bit too wide, and didn't sit flat. Latter I found one at TJMaxx that fits just fine.

      1. When I'm using the cooling rack, it is usually for cookies which are being baked on the cookie sheet. The only time the two come together is for storage and then I'd rather not have a tight fit.

        1. I'm not sure why the thing sliding around is bugging me so much. I got out my measuring tape and it's not quite an inch the rack has to slide from side-to-side in the baking sheet. It's more like 3/4"...

          You'd think Calphalon had made the damn things so they fit. The sheet and the rack aren't sold as a package, but they're on the shelves right next to each other on Target. Seems only logical if you're looking for a sheet/rack combo that those two would work, when you're in the store anyway.

          One of the reasons I bought a sheet and a rack is to keep it under my sink. So when I hand-wash something, I can just pull them out from under the sink and set whatever I just cleaned on top of it and leave it there so it can dry. So, I'll be using the sheet and the rack together all the time.

          Today I had about decided to return the damn things. But then I went to costco to look for the sheet/rack/plastic cover combo package I saw people online talking about and apparently they don't sell it any more... So, it's not like it's going to be super-simple finding a package. So annoying... I may end up keeping it just so I don't have to fool with it any more, which is going to annoy me even more...

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          1. re: levander

            < So when I hand-wash something, I can just pull them out from under the sink and set whatever I just cleaned on top of it and leave it there so it can dry>

            It sounds like you are using it as some kind of drying rack. If it bothers you, then return it.

            <Seems only logical if you're looking for a sheet/rack combo that those two would work>

            But they do work -- as baking sheet and cooling rack.

            1. re: levander

              I keep a dish towel under the sink to use as a dish drying "rack." I spread it on the counter, lay out the dishes to dry and once they're put away, I hang the towel back in the cabinet to dry. No muss, no fuss.

              1. re: levander

                I usually use the rack with the baking sheet. When cooling items, the tray catches crumbs. I seldom bake in large enough quantities to use all of my baking sheets.

                I've seen (on TV) a rack and tray used in the oven for things that need good circulation, but haven't done much of that myself. Loose fit might be more of a problem if the baking sheet is being moved to and from the oven. But as I wrote before, loose is better than too tight.