Total Rack is an expandable stainless steel and silicone rack for the kitchen that's meant to be used as a drying rack, a rinsing rack, a cooling rack, a serving rack, and more. Each rack has been deemed safe for use in a toaster oven and in a traditional oven at temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Users may also want to extend the rack over their kitchen sink in order to allow liquid to drip off certain food items.
The cost of Total Rack is $19.99 plus $4.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Total Rack at the discounted price of only $10.00 for a total price of $34.98.
Before you use your Total Rack for the first time, you'll have to expand it to the desired length by pulling gently on the end that doesn't contain a small, square red clip. The rack will extend to a total of 21 inches in length, but the length you'll need will depend on how many food items (or other objects) you plan on placing on top of it. If you accidentally make it too long for your needs, gently push the end you pulled on back in the other direction.
Depending on what you need your rack for, you can place it over your sink, on your countertop, on top of a large serving plate, or in your oven or toaster oven.
Next, once your rack is sitting in an appropriate place, add food items or other small objects to it. Typically, you'll probably find yourself using it for food, but you may also want to use it to dry utensils or dishes when it's resting over your sink or on your counter. If you're going to be using the rack in your oven or toaster oven and you want to load food onto it before putting it inside, that's perfectly fine, too.
Regardless of whether you use your rack to cook, bake, serve, cool, rinse, or dry food (or other items), you'll need to clean it when you're done. To clean it, remove it from its current location and then, at minimum, run the entire thing under your tap to rinse it off. If it has come in contact with meat, fish, or dairy products, you should clean it fully with soap and water or load it into your dishwasher.
When you're done with your rack and have cleaned and dried it effectively, roll it up into a cylinder. Use the small, square red clip at one end to lock it into place in this position, and store it on your countertop or in a drawer.
Each Total Rack is made of a combination of silver stainless steel bars and red silicone accents. The bright red color of the silicone will allow you to spot this device quickly when you want to use it, even if it's being stored in a crowded kitchen drawer.
Stainless steel is a durable, rust-resistant material, so you won't need to worry about the bars of your rack rusting quickly after you've only used it for a short period of time. If you were to use a rusty rack, bits of rust might end up in your food or all over other objects that you might place on it, but with this rack, that won't happen. Plus, since it won't develop rust, this type of rack should continue to look attractive for years to come.
You can safely use this rack in your traditional oven, as long as the temperature isn't turned up any higher than 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If you place it on top of a baking sheet, that'll help the air circulate more evenly around the pieces of food on the sheet, no matter what food group they fall into. It's also safe to slide it into a toaster oven or load it into your dishwasher for cleaning after you're done using it.
At its full length, this rack will be 21 inches long and about half as wide, but it'll roll up into a much smaller shape when it's not in use. No matter where you store it, it won't take up more than a foot of space. In fact, if you're going to be traveling away from home and you want to bring some cooking supplies with you, you may even be able to fit the rack into your handbag or backpack.
Those users who feel like the standard Total Rack isn't large enough to meet their needs may want to obtain the deluxe version, which is 33 percent larger. This version contains a total of 20 bars, instead of 15.
The space between the bars on every Total Rack will allow liquid to drip through, which will benefit you throughout more than one task that's related to food preparation. If you're defrosting meat or drying vegetables that you've just washed, you can set the rack up over your sink and lie the food on it so that your sink will catch the drips. Similarly, if you use this rack to cook bacon or meat in your oven, the grease will drip off and onto a metal sheet below, so you won't ingest it as extra calories.
After you bake cupcakes or cookies, you may want to ice or frost the desserts with traditional icing or even melted chocolate. Fortunately, your Total Rack will help keep the icing or chocolate off of your countertop as you do so. If you set a large pan on the counter, set the rack on top, and place the baked desserts on top of that, no stray bits of frosting or chocolate should hit your counter. Instead, they'll go through the tray's bars and be caught by the pan beneath it, which means you'll only need to scrub the pan.
At its maximum size, the Total Rack is large enough to hold family-sized meals, such as a small roast chicken or up to eight or 10 hamburger patties. When you use it as a trivet, you may be able to fit multiple dishes on top and eliminate the need for any additional trivets on your dinner table. However, if you want to use the rack at a smaller size, which may come in handy if you've got a small toaster oven, you can condense it down to almost half of its size.
It's unsafe to use this rack on any type of barbecue, so you must refrain from placing it on a grill. If you were to use it on a barbecue, this could permanently damage the rack. Along the same lines, it's not safe for microwave use, either.
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