One of the biggest challenges involved in cooking a big meal is trying to get all of the food ready and on the table at the same time. This is a particularly difficult feat when you’re cooking a huge meal, like Thanksgiving dinner or any other big family get together. For me, I try to make sure that my dish prep areas are evenly distributed in the kitchen. What I mean by this is that I’ll keep two side dishes on the stove and two in the oven, inserting the latter two once the turkey has been cooked and is resting, and cook that can be done in advance the day before so that it doesn’t take up any high-demand oven space on the big day. The problem with this method is that I am somewhat limited in the dishes I can then prepare. I can’t bake all my sides in the oven, for instance, but will have to steam/boil/grill some of them. Grilled asparagus was a side dish last year, if I recall correctly.
More oven space would solve this problem but putting in a second oven isn’t an option for me – nor is it for a lot of other holiday cooks (as much as we wish we could have one). Instead, something like this Multi-Tier Oven Rack could open up some valuable space in the oven for side dishes, layer cakes and anything else that you really need to squeeze in there all at one time. The rack measures 15″ x 11″ x 8¼” and, while very sturdy when assembled, folds down flat so that it doesn’t take up much kitchen space in the off season.