How do you store your cookies while the icing dries? I need some ideas to keep them safe that takes up very little room. Because I have VERY LITTLE ROOM! Kitchen counter space is pretty much out unless I can contain a bunch of cookies to one square foot, and then there's the risk of someone knocking them over. Plus I'd like someway to cover them to keep any dust or fuzz particles off without putting them in an airtight container.
I think somewhere they sell stacked cooling racks, but I'm sorry to say I have no idea where I would do an online search for something like that, because your lack of space is probably an on-going problem and it would be good to have something that would allow you to do this in a small space. I would have the same problem if I ever got asked to do cookies, so the first thing I would do would be to look for one of these racks, too.
I stack cake boards with those little plastic tripods used in delivery pizza boxes. I stack up to seven 18" round boards. I use rounds because I also decorate the cookies on the boards on a turntable. You could use smaller boards, of course. I just went into my local pizza place and asked if I could have or buy a handful of those tripods. They gave me about 40!
Do the cookies have to be in the kitchen? What about the top of your dresser? Or the top of your washer or dryer?
If you want to cover them while they're drying, get a big plastic storage container and turn it upside down on top of your stack of cookie boards. Don't close it airtight or the cookies will never dry. I'd prop it open a little with something small, like a pencil.
I set the decorated cookies in rimmed cookie sheets and stack them crisscrossed on top of each other. The bottom one is lengthwise and second one on top is crosswise and the third one is lengthwise, etc. I leave them like this while they dry. It takes up very little room and the cookies are protected. HTH
Good ideas! I've seen the stackable racks, but they have so much space between them. It's wasted space for me (at least with cookies, might work for cakes) and they're expensive to get enough of them. I love to pizza stacker idea and the cookie sheets. I need to buy a few more cookie sheets anyway. I'll try both and see what works best for me. I do like to keep everything confined to the kitchen and dining room. Less to move around that way.
One thing I do is to store cookies on trays in the oven -- stacked in an x pattern -- and on those stackable racks in my microwave. Which you can get from Wilton, among other places. (40% off coupon at Michael's.) Leave the doors cracked open. I don't have a pilot light -- if your oven does, I don't know if this would work.
I use different variations of three shelving units I bought at Target. I can reconfigure them for other uses or box them back up when not in use. I've added my flickr site so you can see a photo of how it comes out of the box to how I add more shelves or shorten it to fit under my kitchen cabinets.
Target puts them on sale once in a while, and I find it's cheaper to buy extra whole units on sale then to try and buy just the extra shelves and pay S&H.
They come in chrome, black, and white.
Pizza boxes! They hold a lot of cookies and usually I can get them for free at Pizza Hut!
Love those shelving units, kimsmom! And thanks for all the tips from everyone. I can't imagine there being a kitchen, whether commercial or domestic, that has an excess of storage space of any kind. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for these!
I bought one of those metal shelves that you can adjust. Then I went to Costco and picked up empty fruit boxes (the ones that the strawberries or tomatoes come in). They are pretty big and you can stack them too. I could fit 6 boxes on each shelf, with four shelves, that's 24 boxes. And each box held about 2 dozen cookies. Then I would drape a sheet over the whole thing to keep the dust out. If you don't have room for the shelves, just stack those boxes. HTH!
I have a fold-able shelf rack that holds 4 trays. I also have covered jelly roll pans that are perfect since they fit in one layer and have plastic tops.