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Home Cooking

Extracurricular cooling rack uses

greygarious | Jun 2, 201010:43 AM     14

Recently I related a tip from Cooks' Country about using a (roughly) 12"x18" size wire grid cooking rack to make the classic cross-hatch pattern on a whole pan of peanut butter cookies "in one swell foop", as a late friend used to say.

Other uses for this inexpensive piece of equipment include:
- an extra dish-draining rack after a party
- for drying small clothing items that need to be dried flat
- lay over plastic containers/glasses in the dishwasher, to weigh them down
- press halved eggs or pitted avocado into the grid to cube them
- lay the grid over the rims of your kitchen sink when dusting foods with flour or powdered sugar. What falls into the sink rinses away.
- use the spray hose to wash produce placed on the rack over the sink, where it will air-dry better than if you used a colander. (Before I threw away a burned-out oscillating fan, I removed the front cage and use it as a produce washing/drying basket too)

Any other ideas for mesh racks?

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