Product Type: Farringdon gadgets
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Cool your cakes for cheap
Farringdon Cooling Rack
Member Name: pmcds
Farringdon Cooling Rack
Advantages: Strong, well designed, practical and cheap
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.
Summary: Excellent cooling racks
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