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Cooling racks are an incredibly useful kitchen essential for anyone who does a lot of a baking. I am one such person and, of the two racks I own, one is this one by Farringdon. I can't remember where I got mine from as I've had it for so long but they cost around £5 from shops such as Amazon or Tesco.
This rack, like most, is rectangular in shape and comprised entirely of silver metal. The thin central bars run parallel to each other to form a square grid or criss-cross pattern. These are supported by a thicker outer bar running round the edge which dips in four places to form feet which raise the rack off the ground slightly. Each of the feet are of equal size so there is no wobbling and the rack sits nice and firmly on the worktop. It weighs barely anything so that even when laden with cakes it can easily be moved around if needed.
The size of the rack measures 40 (L) x 25 (W) cm. This is big enough to accommodate a single large cake or about 15 - 20 individual cakes such as cupcakes, muffins, scones or biscuits with some room to spare between each cake. This is ample room for me as I normally just bake a small batch for myself, freezing what I don't want. However for more serious bakers a larger rack might be more practical. The bars are well spaced so that air can circulate easily which allows food to be cooled effectively without becoming dry.
it can be a pit of a pain to clean as I always add icing, flour and other extras after cooling which tends to get stuck in between the bars. There's not much room to fit a cloth into each square and this is also quite time consuming. Rinsing it never seems to get everything off. Aside from this they have proven to be very durable and long-lasting. After years of regular use mine still look shiny and good as new. I would definitely recommend.
If you like baking then a cooling rack is an essential item. It allows your cooked goods to cool down quickly which means two things; i) you can ice them quicker and ii) eat them quicker!
==Price and availability==
You can buy a farringdon cooling rack for £4-£5 and they are available in home stores and department stores. You can also buy them on the Internet.
The cooling rack measures around 45 cm by 25 cm and is made from stainless steel. It has little feet that holds the rack off the ground. The rack is made from a series of interlinking metal grills so that the air can circulate underneath and cool the items quicker. The gaps in the grill are wide enough for air to move freely but not wide enough that your items fall and sag down the gaps.
The cooling rack is useful and cakes often need to rest before you do anything with them and buns need to cool before you ice them. The wire tray can get warm as it conducts the heat from the baked items but it soon cools down afterwards as the goods cool also. The wire rack can get cake and food stuck to it do it often needs cleaning but the good news is that you can pop it in the dishwasher.
A wire rack is really helpful in baking as it provides an even surface for the cakes and goods to cool on. The rack allows items to rest and cool quickly. If you just stood them on the work top they will take a lot longer to cool. The overall quality and build of the rack is good, there are no sharp corners and the shiny surface cleans up well. I am happy with the rack, it is a good size to work with and it can take around two dozen buns spaced out or two good sized cakes.
=Farringdon Cooling Rack=
As I have said before I love to cook, and an essential item for any cook is a good set of cooling trays.
Whether it is Christmas cakes, Victoria Sponge, Mince Pies, Biscuits, the thing they all have in common is they need to be cooled before being put away.
I was on holiday about two years ago when I came across a little shop and they had these displayed in the window, they looked better than the cooling trays I had at the time.
When I went into the shop to have a look, I noticed the racks had been priced at £4 each.
The racks measure 40cm x 5cm.
=Why do I need cooling trays=
A cooling rack allows air to circulate around the cake, as when you first take the cake out of the oven you need to leave it in the tin to cool down, by placing this on the rack your allowing air to circulate around the cake, and this stops your cakes having a soggy bottom.
I call them legs but really there the way the trays are designed and the feet are moulded into the trays.
I can fit 2 x 7in sponges side by side on the tray, and if I make a batch of buns or mince pies, I can fit about 36 on the tray.
These are excellent quality, I have had mine about two years and they look as good as new.
I wash mine as normal in hot soapy water, I usually pop in the bottom of the oven after I have wiped them just to make sure they are dry,
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend these cooling trays, I know that cooling trays can be picked up for £1, but the difference between a £1 one and these will be the quality. They are a must for every cook.
I love to bake, at least once a week I will make a cake or a batch of muffins or biscuits. I have a couple of staple items I keep in my kitchen that I find invaluable for when I bake and one of these is a cooling rack. A cooling rack is a necessary piece of equipment when making cakes and cookies as it allows the air to circulate when cooling, which stops your cakes and biscuits getting soggy on the bottom.
The mesh that the rack is made of is a good size. I have had nothing fall through the squares, although it does leave a pattern of squares on my sponges.
I have had my cooling rack for quite a long time; I purchased it from a specialist cooking shop for about £4. The rack measures 40 x 25cm and is very strong. I can easily fit 2 dozen small muffins or two 7 inch sponges side by side on it. It is raised slightly from the work surface with four small integrated legs.
The cooling rack stands up well to high temperatures; I have used it in the bottom of my oven before to place a cooking tray on when I have ran out of oven shelves. I have also used it as a trivet when I have taken something hot out of the oven.
The cooling rack washes up well and still looks like new after many years of weekly use. I think it is a great kitchen essential and does not cost very much.
Thank you for reading.
My basic Farringdon wire cooling racks are used a lot in my home. I have two of them and they're both quite old now and to be honest they probably could do with replacing, but as yet, I haven't bothered. I have two the same size, thethey are both oblong in shape and measure about 42cm x 32cm. They cost about £2.99 each and they are metallic and very hardwearing.
I use these Farringdon racks if I've been baking and need to transfer things out of a hot dish or hot tray and need to cool them down. They are ideal for biscuits, cakes and scones and as they are wire racks and stand slightly proud of the kitchen bench, due to their little feet, this allows the cooler air to fully circulate all around, including underneath, and things cooler down quicker and also more evenly. Without the little feet, these wire racks would be pretty much redundant, as it's the fact that they stand up and off the counter that lets the air circulate all around and allows them too cool down quicker.
Last time I used one of my racks was when I'd baked a batch of ginger bread men. My daughter couldn't wait to start icing them and as I transferred them onto the wire rack and let them cool down, she was a bit dismayed to find that they all had little criss cross marks across the backs where the biscuits had still been cooling and the wire racks had made slight indentations on the gingerbread men.
Storage is easy. They are large but they are also flat, and so I am able to just store them out of the way inside my cold oven when I'm not using them and that way they are out of sight. As my racks are so old, they have started to rust ever so slightly in some of the joints but on the whole, considering how old they are, they're still in pretty good shape. They are easy to keep clean, and I alternate between a hot hand wash and a dishwasher cycle, depending on what I've been using them for.
They are a pretty indispensable part of my kitchen paraphernalia now and I'd be lost with out them. They are really handy, very versatile and I thoroughly recommend.
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Cooling racks are a great item to have in your kitchen and are especially good for when you make cakes or biscuits.
This Farringdon cooling rack is quite simple to use and is of good quality.
It is built of meshed wires which allow the cakes/biscuits to cool gently and air is able to circulate more rather than it being placed on a plastic tray.
The cooling rack has 4 little feet which enable it to stand and so it is raised from the worktop.
This would work much better than keeping the cakes or biscuits in the tray or cake tin they they were baked in.
Cleaning the cooling rack is pretty straight forward and easy and it can be cleaned with a damp cloth or using washing up liquid with no problems. I'm not sure if it can go in a dishwasher as I never paid attention to the label it came with but it doesn't take me long to clean by hand so it doesn't make much difference to me.
I bought my cooling rack from a local home store but i'm sure it would be available to purchase online on sites like amazon/ebay. I managed to get mine for around £3-£4 which is a decent price.
I can't say I use mine that much, but it does come in very handy for when you are doing baking.
It can be used for a range of foods and not just cakes - basically anything you would want to cool down after baking (that isn't liquid!).
I give the cooling rack 5 stars and can't fault it.
Basic but it's all you need and at a cheap enough price!
Thanks for reading :)
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Since getting married I have had a cooling rack that has done me just fine up until recently. With having a very active toddler running around I don't get just as much time to bake, so when I do I like to make scones etc in bulk. When making things in bulk, one cooling rack is simply not enough and so I went looking for a second one that wouldn't cost a lot, but do what I needed it to do, and having some money left on an amazon voucher, amazon was my first port of call, where I bought this Farringdon cooling rack which cost me around £4 at the time I purchased.
This cooling rack measures 40cm by 25cm so is obviously rectangular in shape but I find it to be a good size for what I need, especially when this is a second cooling rack. Like other cooling racks, this one has four small feet to keep it level on a surface but raised up. When I received this cooking rack, I was quite impressed with the quality of it, especially since the price I paid is less than other cooling racks on the high street and it is as good quality as my other cooling rack which I got on the high street.
Although it is mostly the likes of scones, muffins or fairy cakes that I make, I do also make the occasional cake which is obviously much heavier on the cooling rack, but I have found that this rack supports it without a problem and it re emphasises the fact that it has been built out of good quality material.
This cooling rack has been used a lot since purchasing it, and it has also been washed a lot since using it, and the quality has remained. It has not tarnished at all, and remains as flat as it was when I first got it.
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase. Any concerns I had about the quality before I purchased, have been put to rest after many uses. This is a good sized rectangular cooling rack, which is cheaper than the high street.
You wouldn't think that something so seemingly simple is actually worth researching before buying, but surprisingly it is! My wife bakes lots of cakes, and we tend to do a lot of cooking involving dishes where you can turf things out that isn't baking as well. Cooling trays are an important part of baking, in particular, and it's handy to have something that is practical in many ways, not least how the wires are designed.
These Farringdon cooling trays are slickly designed. Meauring approx 40cm by 25cm, they're designed to be able to hold a number of baked goods while supporting the weight with the angular feet allowing for a little bit of give. There's a cross thread of metal mesh that criss crosses all the way along, and this allows for the air to circulate around your baked goods and cool them efficiently to ensure you don't get any mishaps after doing everything else so well.
Each of the criss crosses here are of even design, and this is what I mean by the importance of checking out what you're buying. These racks are only £3 or £4 each, if you look for it, but the design means that it's even when you place things on them. I've seen some where they swear by interweaving the latticework they're providing a better way of the air flowing by creating extra gaps underneath your cakes/baked goods once you place them on the racks, but really I find they can leave grooves along the bottom of things. Not so much of an issue really, but this can sometimes have an impact in the more delicate of products. These Farringdon racks are basically smooth along the top, the criss cross pattern not undulating but going straight, and much like a bed of nails is supposed to do, it allows you to spread the weight evenly.
These balance the weight just right, no toppling or anything like that, and even if you place something on the edge before the middle, this tends to just sag the edge slightly until the edge is balanced out right. It's a testament to how well designed these are that we have used them countless numbers of times for all manner of baked goods but also as a sort of protective heat mat. Our heat mats were torn and battered and stained and we got rid of them, just before putting on a huge spread where we needed something at least to start with to rest hot dishes on, and although these racks looked flimsy, the careful design and gentle look were hiding such sturdiness that we now regularly use these as heat mats for having just taking something out of the oven. Curiously, it's good for cooling the bottoms of dishes as well!
The practical sense is also thought about. The crumblier the cake, the more likely you are to get bits of it stuck where the criss crosses cross. There are plenty of them, and this has with other such products caused issues when it comes to cleaning them. However, this is ridiculously easy to clean. We don't have a dishwasher, (although they are dishwasher safe) and when you wash them it's probably best to brush off what you can first before then washing it in the sink. We find that even icing tends to come off very easily with these, and as long as you don't go scrubbing at them with the wrong thing, these should last an awfully long time.
We only have a couple of these, but it's easy to how you could stack plenty on top of each other as well. At a decent price, it's certainly something worth getting, it's value for money in your kitchen if ever I saw it. Recommended.
I'm always baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Five days out of seven I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen.
One of the essential items for home baking I would say is a cooling rack. You can improvise though if you don't have one and use other household items instead; I've successfully used the shelves from my oven, the grill racks from my roasting tins, and 'Lamplig pot stands or trivets from Ikea. All of these have worked well enough for me, but there's drawbacks to all of them. If you use the shelves from the oven, then what happens if you need to put another batch of baked goodies in, or need to cook something else, plus the shelf will be hot. The drawback to the Lamplig trivets or pot stands is that the metal poles are spaced quite wide apart, it's a balancing act to get cupcakes to stay upright on the trivet, also these don't work for cakes as the metal poles are too thick and wide - they leave deep grooves in the base of your cake. The best option out of the three for improvising is using the grill racks from roasting tins, the only slight drawback to using these is that the wires are spaced slightly too far apart and that the wires only run one way; the ideal cooling rack has wires running both ways forming a criss-cross pattern, and the wires should be quite close together.
The advantage to using a cooling rack (or some sort of improvisation on a cooling rack) is that it lets air circulate around your cake, cupcakes or cookies. This enables your baked goodies to cool faster, and it also more importantly means that they don't go damp and soggy from being left to cool (and sweat effectively) in the cake tin.
I've got two of these cooling racks from Faringdon, both were bought from Amazon and were only about £3 or £4 each - certainly no more than a fiver anyway. I've had both of mine for a number of years now and they're still going strong. They are both exactly the same size, 40cm by 25cm. I believe that you can can get a number of different sizes and shapes in the Faringdon cooling racks, should this fairly large one be too big for your needs.
I honestly can't remember if these are dishwasher safe or not, however I do put mine in the dishwasher a few times a week and they are still perfectly fine, they haven't rusted or warped at all.
These are fairly large and will easily hold 3 dozen cupcakes per cooling rack. You could actually probably get 4 dozen cupcakes on each cooling rack, however I like to have adequate space between each cupcake to be able to frost them properly and then pick them up and transfer them to a plate or box without damaging the frosting. I can also easily get the two halves of a layer cake on the cooling rack, again with space to spare to fill the cake and then assemble it and frost it. As to how many cookies these will hold, well that all depends on how big your cookies are!
I've been really impressed with these for the low price that I paid, they've lasted well and they haven't warped or twisted out of shape at all, even under the weight of some very heavy cakes. They've had an awful lot of use, and they've stood up to this well. They don't sit too high off the worktop, just high enough for an adequate amount of air to circulate around the cakes, and so this means that they're not too big and bulky for storage. I just slide mine into the side of one of my kitchen cupboards when I'm not using them. I'd definitely repurchase when necessary, and I'd definitely recommend them.
I absolutely love to bake. Now I might not always be the best baker but occasionally I get something perfect. I have a cupcake maker for the days when I need to batch bake or want to just be lazy. This is fantastic and the majority of my cakes end up on this cooling rack. I bought my cooling rack about 2 years ago, maybe more, from Amazon and they can be picked up for just a few pounds. This is fantastic for something that can mean the difference between soggy slightly ruined cupcakes and light, fluffy delicious ones that are perfect.
This cooling rack is 40 cm by 25 cm and it is a generous enough size for the occasional baker. For example, today I baked two batches of scones. I made 16 scones that were a fairly generous size and they were just able to fit on this cooling rack with just one or two squished up next to one another. I have also been able to fit a full 23 or 24 cupcakes (my standard batch size from my cupcake maker) on this too when I've needed to. The rack is nice and lightweight and it has a criss cross design all over it. There are little bended metal feet that sit nicely on the worktop and don't wobble at all. This cooling rack is very sturdy and this is ideal as I often leave my cupcakes to cool on there before icing them while on there too. This is very simple for me as then if I need to move everything as long as I take care I can just pick the rack up and move it across my kitchen.
This rack appears to be stainless steel but I cannot confirm that for sure as I obviously don't have any packaging for it. Basically I wash this every time that I use it and I find it very simple to clean. Because of the criss cross design you can get bits of cake or icing that go along the bars but I just run a sponge scourer all over my rack and then rinse it clean in cold water. It comes up looking fantastic and despite weekly, sometimes twice weekly, usage this has not rusted and none of the coating (if there is any) has come off.
It is fair to say that I find this cooling rack incredibly useful. It is simple to use, it works very well and it looks good too. It has lasted a long time and it works fantastic at cooling items. It does not sag under the weight of two medium cakes side by side and I've not had any damage occur to this at all despite regular use, sometimes repeated use on the same day. The bars are criss crossed in a manner that still allows lots of air to reach the bottom of the cake and apart from a very heavy cake I haven't had a problem with the criss cross pattern marking cakes, also, on the one occasion it did I just iced the top and sides of the cake and it wasn't a problem at all. I really love my cooling rack and feel that it works incredibly well. I will rate it 5/5 stars and feel it is worthy.
==Farringdon Cooling Rack==
I love to do a lot of baking and when I make cakes I tend to make a good few at the same time which is why I finally caved in and bought a second cooling rack for my already bulging kitchen cupboards. My first cooling rack would only hold a half a dozen or so rock cakes and almost always I would make double and have to pile them on top of each other.
This Farringdon Cooling rack is a nice size at 40 by 25 cm and I purchased it from a local store which sells everything and anything at fairly reasonable prices. I paid £2.99p for this cooling rack which seems to be a far better price than what you would expect to pay when purchasing it online on Amazon.
The rectangle rack itself is fairly lightweight but is up to the job of holding a lot of cakes at any one time. I usually just give it a little wash in warm soapy water in the washing up bowl but if the dishwasher is going on then I have popped it in there before and it has not seemed to suffer at all from this.
It is made of a lightweight stainless steel material which means that it is hard wearing and although I do make sure I dry it off very well after washing it up or getting out of the dishwasher it hasn't rusted and still looks as good as the day I bought it.
The other half has used it in the oven before to cook a lamb chop to keep it raised off the tray and although I wouldn't have allowed this had I been present at the time of him doing this, again the cooling rack seemed to hold up well and although it needed much more of a clean than it usually did, it didn't seem to mind the weight of the meat or indeed the temperature of the oven.
Overall I can't really fault this cooling rack on any aspects of its use. I paid a really descent price for it and it is surely going to last a long time if I keep looking after it like I am doing. I think it is a top scoring product and worthy of a 5 out 5 star rating and a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
For anyone who does baking of any kind a cooling rack is an essential item. I bought a little cheap one when I first moved into my own home but this has proved to not be big enough. I had thought about getting a 2 or 3 tier rack but I kept thinking that the food cooling in the middle rack is getting sandwiched between the heat from the racks above and below it. Instead I opted for the Farrigdon Cooling Rack which I found on Amazon for approximately £4.00.
The Farrringdon cooling rack is rectangle, which in my opinion is better than a circular rack, and measures 25cm's x 40cm's and I can easily fit 48 regular sized buns on the tray to cool. Its made from a silver metal as are most cooling racks and has 4 little feet which make the tray sit approximately 2cm's above the work top. It feels quite sturdy for the money and I'm pleased the holes in the racks are small so the things balance nicely on it.
To wash the rack you can pop it in the dishwasher if you have one but for me its a dunk in the washing up bowl which does just as well.
I use my cooling rack a lot. I do a lot of baking and we have a bread maker so make all our bread too. Its so important to get some things from their baking tins and onto a cooling rack quickly. I find some things tend to sweat when left too long in the backing tin and can go a bit soggy. Life is busy for a lot of us and anything that speeds certain jobs up is good in my book. The cooling tray is ideal if I have made buns or biscuits that I'm going to decorate. The tray enables me to get them cooled quickly so I can get on with icing them before they get eaten.
I always stand my cooling tray on a clean tea towel or tray to catch any crumbs that drop through, I also do this if I'm sifting icing sugar over a sponge cake, this way the cake gets a nice coating and the surplus is on the tray underneath.
I would certainly recommend the Farringdon Cooling Rack. It has been well worth the money as far as I'm concerned and whilst its used regularly it remains in good condition. . Its a nice size and seems to be well made. I can fit plenty of baking on it and its so much more practical than a round cooling tray.
A cooling rack is an essential tool if, like me, you like to do a lot of baking. There are various ones on the market but they are all pretty much the same. They are basically a wire rack which is used to place freshly baked items on so they will cool faster. Just about every recipe you use will indicate that once your cake is out of the oven you need to transfer it onto a cooling rack straight away and get it out of the hot pan that you were cooking it in so it does not continue to bake and get overcooked. Cooling it on the rack gives you somewhere to place it once it comes out of the oven.
What I also like about cooling racks is that once the cake has cooled down you can then ice it on the rack as it does not interfere with the icing method because the rack is flat and does not interfere on the sides of the cake like say a cake tin would.
If it has lots of slats in it you will get marks on your cake but always be sure to turn out your cake so that the bottom of the cake is the part that touches the rack so when you have iced it you do not notice the bottom anyway. Also I would not suggest using a cooling rack to help get your cake out of its tin. I learnt this the hard way many years ago when I attempted to get a hot cake out of a tin with the help of a wire rack. Well, the rack just made it break in many places and ended up as a bit of a mess so I had to start all over again. If you need help in getting your cake out of a tin I suggest using a flat plate and then transferring to the wire rack immediately!
Most cooling racks will have little feet on them, usually bits of metal that heave been bended to make a little arch. The feet are pretty much essential as the allow air to circulate completely around the food and cool it down better than a tray would.
It isn't just cakes that you can put on these cooling racks, if you bake biscuits or cookies they are great for this too and I sometimes even use mine as a heat stand and place hot dishes that have just come out of the oven on them. All in all a versatile kitchen item.