Product Type: Farringdon gadgets
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An essential cooling tool
Farringdon Cooling Rack
Member Name: basketofbuttons
Farringdon Cooling Rack
Advantages: Handy, useful, well made, durable, inexpensive, better than other types of cooling racks I've used
Disadvantages: None really
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.
Also posted on Ciao! as basketofbuttons
Summary: Indispensable and underrated kitchen item