Baking trays are indispensable when working with an oven. They are mainly made of aluminum or stainless steel. And sometimes they are provided with a non-stick coating. That is super handy, because then your bakings won’t stick.
If you don’t have a non-stick sheet pan or the non-stick coating is damaged, use a baking paper or baking mat.
Baking trays come in various sizes and designs. The sizes you will choose of course mainly depends on your oven. If you have different oven sizes, an extendable baking tray can really be a great idea. You can easily adjust it to the desired size.
And if you have a combi oven where the baking tray rotates, a round baking tray can really be a great choice for a nice, even baking effect. They are also ideal for baking pizzas.
With raised edge or not?
Baking trays are available with raised edges, but also without. How do you choose which baking tray is most suitable for you? It depends a bit on what you will use them for.
If you use it to roast chicken or, for example, roast your vegetables, a raised edge is the best baking tray. All the moisture and juices that are released are retained within the baking tray. It also keeps your oven cleaner. I also often use a baking tray with a raised edge under a baking dish. If something splashes out, it is properly collected.
But if you a sheet pan to bake cookies, then a baking tray without borders is ideal. You easily slide the dough onto the plate and quickly remove the cookies after baking, without having to bend them.
As you can see in the photo, I’ve got a variety of baking trays with and without a raised edge and in round forms. That way I always have the right baking tray. You can find a nice overview of different baking trays here.
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