Saturday, January 14, 2012

No Pan Rack for Drying Cookies? How about Pan Lids!

I've always dreamed of having one of these........


or even one of these.....

My two biggest deterrents......cost & where would I store it?!
I have a big open great room that would not be very enhanced by a huge pan rack. ;)
So I've put if off. 

I just keep letting my cookies dry on my dining room table.
I guess that doesn't really enhance my great room beauty either. lol


 I use half sheet pans that I bought from Sam's Club in 2 packs. I love 'em! 



A couple of weeks ago, a wonderful cookie friend suggested these awesome pan lids.


They are Nordic Ware Half Sheet Covers. They fit over my Sam's half sheet pans perfectly!!!!!


Now I can cover my cookies while they dry....


and even stack the pans on the table......nice and neat. :)



To say I'm excited is an understatement! 

Who knew that pan lids could be so exciting?!.... hee hee

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Drying my cookies will never be the same!    =)

30 comments:

LaurelC said...

How do the cookies dry if they're covered?  Does it take longer?

LaurelC said...

P.S.  Do you bake your cookies on the Sam's half sheet pans or just dry them on them?

Leanne said...

I love it!!!!!!

What I do now is fill a couple sets of stacking cooling racks & clip clothespins to the top rack, then drape a reeeaaallllyyyy big flour sack dish towel over the top.  Not exactly beautiful, but serves its purpose well!

Bethannhoffman said...

Honestly, I am glad to see the way you were drying your cookies - just like all the rest of us! :)

Dtobias1artgirl said...

I was wondering the same thing..do they dry if covered?

Cookiecrazielady said...

I tried it out for the first time this week on some Valentines Day cookies. Worked perfectly. So far, so good. (And no, I didn't think they took any longer to dry.)

CB said...

I use the half sheet pans from Sam's to bake
And dry them on those also; now I'll be able to stack :)

Janet Bridge said...

That is a fantastic solution!! Love them! I found a half-sheet pan rack at an antiques fair for $50 and it is my favorite thing for baking. I keep it in the garage - but you're right, they are normally expensive and difficult to store. I am so glad you found these lids/covers. Always sending you my best! xxoo

Brenda said...

This is a neat suggestion and very sturdy.  I've been using those big deli trays with the clear plastic lid.  Our church had a huge event  where food was delivered in these and the cook gave me 70 of them with the lids.  They're a little bulky and not as sturdy as the nice cookie sheets in your photos but hey they were free.  Free is very good.

Regina said...

Thats a fantastic idea. I decorated sugar cookies yesterday for the first time since we are in Thailand. I had that fear, and sure enough, the ones hubby and I didnt eat right away, the ones I left out to dry fell prey to the ants. Those little buggers. 

You never see them in the house unless you leave anything sweet out in the open. Thought this was the end of my cookies decorating adventures here. But now I will look for something similar.

Shanna said...

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who covers the dining table with drying cookies! My husband is very patient about it, I have to say...

Terri said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, Pam!  I have one lid now that came with a set of pans from Costco, but one lid doesn't go far!  I just ordered three more and HOPE they fit my pans because mine are not Nordic brand.  I think the 13 x 18 is universal size...anyhoo, it was worth the risk.

I laugh because I just saw a video on Sweetopia the other day that said NOT to dry your cookies covered because it will soften the cookie.  I have always covered my cookies after they have air-dryed for a while and have never had a problem!  I guess if it isn't broke, don't fix it!

Paula LacKamp said...

I've been using those sheet pans for years now and love them!  Thanks so much for the heads up on the covers!  I'm as excited as you are!!!

Amanda fancy said...

hey pam i have a question for you those pans you have do they fit in your oven or are they just for drying? ive been looking to invest in a few new pams so i wanted to see if i should check sams club lol

thebearfootbake said...

You have just changed the way I will store my cookies!!! Thank you Pam!!! I LOVE IT!

Mona said...

Thanks for the information on the covers.  I just purchased eight of them.  These covers will save me so much time.  I too have to place on pans on the kitchen table to have the cookies dry.  This is such an inconvenience when I am wanting to use the table for other things.   I will have to check out Sam's half-sheet pans.  I purchased mine from a restaurant supply store. 

Paty_rolon said...

hi pam Those are my dreams too I went to restaurant depot the have too and the half sheet pans too at very good price

Cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Amanda. Yes, the pans fit in my oven. I use them both for baking and drying. Sam's Club here has 2 half sheet pans for about $10 - $11. :)

Cookiecrazielady said...

That's wonderful, Mona. I'm glad that you were able to purchase the covers. (I bought eight too!). Did you get the code to work at the Hectic Gourmet? Someone else emailed me that the code didn't work.....it said it wasn't active. Were you able to get the 10% discount?

Debbie said...

I've always dreamed of having those "bun racks" too! I worked in the kitchen at my kids school where we had some of those,and I "drooled" over them everyday! I have had those exact sheet pans from Sams club for many years and I'm liking your solution.Thank-you!

Carrie said...

Pam, Love the idea,want to be sure I have the right pans from sams.Do you remember the brand or the price? Thanks, carrie

Stephanie said...

Hi Pam,
Nordic Ware also has quarter sheet pans with lids if you want something smaller. They are 9 X13, and I use them all the time for taking cookies or freezing them. SAN

Cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Carrie,

Sam's only carries one kind. I've bought them multiple times in the last few years and they've always been there. Two pans were under $11 the last time I purchased them.

Tiffany Harper said...

I use the covermate food cover in the xlarge size.  https://www.covermatefoodcovers.com/ It is like a reusable plastic shower cap that covers the sheet pan and I can still stack the pan.  I also use a table top pizza rack to hold 15 half sheet pans. 

Susan said...

CAUTION!  My lids just arrived from Nordic Ware and they do NOT fit on my Wearever half sheet pans.  Real close, but no cigar; they just pop right off.

I suggest that anyone thinking of ordering these for other than Nordic Ware or Sam's Club should find a friend who has a cover and test it on your pans. 

Cookiecrazielady said...

So sorry, Susan! I only knew about Sam's Club pans (and Nordic Ware)......so I'm sad that you brand didn't work with the lids. :( Thanks for letting my readers know.

Alisa said...

I want one of those drying racks, too.  But, until then, I have a closet.  I bought a shelving unit from Lowe's, set it up in the closet, placed a box fan inside, and set the cookies on the shelves to dry.  They cut the drying process in half!  It was the genius of my college student son...so all that money I send to Texas Tech has paid off!

Connie said...

I use clean Pizza boxes. They work great, you can stack them..

Bee-licious said...

I've tried to order from Hectic Gormet and the website is now closed. Do you have another vendor for those lids? Thank you!

cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Bee-licious. That's sad that the website closed. You can get them on Amazon. It is a much higher price, but no shipping costs. http://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Ware-Half-Sheet-Cover/dp/B0017140MU/ref=pd_sim_k_13

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