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Can You Put Cooling Racks In The Oven

Can You Put Cooling Racks In The Oven? Resolved (2023)

Last Updated on June 26, 2023 by Shari Mason

Cooling racks are always present in every kitchen, especially for those who love baking. These reliable utensils are where we put our freshly baked goods to cool off straight from the oven.

But when needed, can you put cooling racks in the oven? Here’s what you need to know about cooling racks and their other functions.

Can Cooling Racks Go In the Oven?

cookies on a cooling rack

Cooling racks can go in the oven as long as it is oven-safe. In fact, using it can lead to better results on your baked dishes because it allows air to circulate and helps cook anything evenly.

However, not all cooling racks are the same. There are made with different types of metals, those with coating and those with different sizes and shapes.

Those cooling racks labeled oven-safe can be used with no worries, while those coated or non-stick cooling racks might not be good in the oven.

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Factors To Consider

Oven-Safe Materials

Cooling racks that are made with oven-safe materials are usually those that are made with metals without any non-stick coatings. They also carry a label that indicates that it is oven-safe.

Most cooling racks made with metal alone are generally safe inside the oven as long as you place it above a baking sheet where it fits.

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Temperature Capacity

Different types of racks also have different durability at high temperatures. That being said, metals like aluminum and stainless have high endurance on heat and are generally safe below 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Non-stick cooling racks typically melt their coating in high temperatures, which may also release toxic gasses and tend to warp or flake, so it’s not recommended.

What Is a Cooling Rack?

The cooling rack is a kitchen utensil to place freshly baked goods to cool them without getting soggy due to condensation.

It is typically made with metal wires that are crisscrossed or lined parallel close to each other. It may have a different shape but is commonly shaped in squares or rectangles.

Why You Should Not Put Non-Stick Cooling Racks in the Oven?

rainbow chocolate chip cookies on a rack

Non-stick cooling racks are usually coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, [1] a chemical used to wrap these cooling racks, which melts and warps under the high temperature in the oven. 

These inert substances are not poisonous though they can make your foods unattractive and may impart flavors or smell once melts and stick to your foods.

What Will Happen If You Use Non-Oven Safe Cooling Racks?

Chances are it will ruin your foods by imparting off flavors or smell, and some warped or flaked parts of the coating may stick to your baked goods or drip on the bottom of your oven.

“The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.”

-Julia Child, TV personality/author/cooking teacher.

Though these may not necessarily be harmful, they may affect the outcome of your baked dishes once the coating melts. [2]

Tips & Tricks When Using Cooling Racks In The Oven

  • Look for oven-safe labels before using your cooling rack inside the oven.
  • Avoid using a non-stick or any coated cooling rack inside the oven.
  • Place your non-coated cooling rack above a baking sheet or sheet pan when using it inside the oven so the baking sheet will catch any liquid that may drip from your baked food.

FAQs 

Can you use a cooling rack as a roasting rack?

Yes, cooling racks are a good choice for roasting, especially if it is made with high-quality stainless steel, as they can withstand high heat temperature and the crisscrossed pattern on most cooling racks allows air circulation for better roasting.

How hot can cooling racks get?

Cooling racks that are made with stainless steel or aluminum are highly durable to extreme heat and are generally safe for up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or beyond, depending on the quality and thickness.

Are stackable cooling racks oven safe?

Stackable cooling racks that are non-coated or have a label that indicates oven-safe are generally safe in ovens as long as it’s all made with metal (no wood or plastic parts).

Can coated cooling racks go in the oven?

Coated cooling racks are not advisable to use inside the oven as their coating can melt under extreme heat. The coating may also flake or warp and stick to your food or drip at the bottom of your oven.

Are Dollar Tree cooling racks oven-safe?

It is unlikely that the cooling racks sold at Dollar Tree are oven-safe unless you see a label that says oven-safe. Most items sold in Dollar Tree are usually cheaper (coated) but not of the highest quality.

Key Takeaways 

Cooling racks are a great tool to use when baking in the oven, but ensure that your cooling rack is oven safe.

It should not be coated with non-stick and should be made with high-quality metals such as stainless steel or aluminum. 

When purchasing cooling racks to use inside the oven, make sure to look for a label that indicates ‘oven-safe.’

References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/science/polytetrafluoroethylene 
  2. https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/is-teflon-coating-safe 
Shari Mason

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