Cookie Storage Issue When Drying

Baking By MariaK38 Updated 25 May 2010 , 12:53am by Newatdecorating

MariaK38 Posted 19 May 2010 , 11:17pm
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Hi all! I'm having a bit of an issue with cookie storage in my kitchen when they're sitting out drying. It's not too bad right now, I have 25 cookies on stacking racks (Wilton & Pampered Chef) on an extra table. Earlier, I also had 24 cupcakes cooling. Not a big deal, just filled up the table.
What do you guys do when you have a larger order? For instance, I have an order for 150 wedding cookies coming up in October. I only have 2 extra tables, and the stacking racks will only stack so high.
Do you have one of those restaurant baker/bun racks that can hold, like, 20 pans? I found one on ebay for around $100, the pans are $7 each (my existing cookie pans are too small to fit on the grooves), and a cover is around $20... plus about $50 in shipping, of course. I'm not sure I should invest that much right now. My business is picking up, but I'm scared to spend the money. But I'd like something out of the way to hold trays of cookies, etc. while they're drying.
What solutions have you all found that work for you?

Thanks! Maria

14 replies
globalgatherings Posted 20 May 2010 , 12:31am
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yes, you definitely want a bakers rack. You'll love it

GeminiRJ Posted 20 May 2010 , 1:45am
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I'm short on space, too! I place the cookies in pizza boxes and stack them. It's the only way I can handle doing large amounts of cookies. I really have to envy globalgatherings her baker's racks. (Since I already covet her cookie cutter collection, I suppose it's only natural that my envy would extend to her other stuff!)

globalgatherings Posted 20 May 2010 , 2:02am
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If you can't get a bakers rack, like gemini said pizza boxes work great. I bought a case of them at Sams for 17 bucks

EvMarie Posted 20 May 2010 , 3:07am
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Wow, the pizza boxes are a fabulous idea. I'll remember that.

To dry properly, do you just use the bottom of the box? And, maybe stack at an angle? Or, just close the lid like normal?

globalgatherings Posted 20 May 2010 , 4:11am
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I just close the lid, there's still plenty of air in the box, I do make sure they are partially dry before boxing

Montrealconfections Posted 20 May 2010 , 4:21am
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If you have a handyman in your life maybe try this.

mrsc808 Posted 20 May 2010 , 7:31am
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I'm in a small apartment so I'm sort on space too. I have 2 card tables that I can set up and 4 or 5 of the super large Wilton racks and I also store cookies in the pans that have covers. 1 layer goes on the bottom of the pan, then a small rack goes over that layer, and then a layer of cookies on the rack.

MariaK38 Posted 20 May 2010 , 11:00am
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wow, thanks everyone! good ideas. I love the wood rack. I think I could get my husband to make it for me sometime in the next 20 years! icon_biggrin.gif

I'd never thought of the pizza boxes. About how many 3-3 1/2" cookies could you fit in one layer of one of those?


kimsmom Posted 20 May 2010 , 6:50pm
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I bought 3 sets of wire shelves at Target when they were on sale for $14.00 a piece a few years ago.
When assembled (one set) they measure 23" wide X 30" high and 13" deep. They will hold a half sheet jelly roll pan. But you can reconfigure them any way you want.
The legs are in 2 parts and just screw together so you can make the rack half the height. This way they can sit under my upper cabinets. Or make it taller by adding more sets.
I use just the shelves from the other two sets to make more area to stack cookies in less room on a table.
They also break back down to store away flat.

kimsmom Posted 20 May 2010 , 6:56pm
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The upper left photo is how one set comes in the box. The lower left is one set assembled. The upper right is one set of legs and 3 sets of shelves, and jelly roll pans that measure 18"x13". The lower right is just the upper right "cut" in half.

MariaK38 Posted 20 May 2010 , 7:51pm
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wow, those are awesome shelves! I will be on the lookout at Target for those to go on sale again. Thanks for the pics and tips!


cylstrial Posted 23 May 2010 , 7:55pm
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Originally Posted by Montrealconfections

If you have a handyman in your life maybe try this.

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

luv2bake6 Posted 24 May 2010 , 12:49am
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Those are great shelves!
I have a pizza rack that holds up to 15 cookie sheets and takes up little space.

Newatdecorating Posted 25 May 2010 , 12:53am
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I use pizza boxes also.

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