The first step to any success in the kitchen is the proper tools and covering your bakeware needs can be an extensive and overwhelming process. It’s important to furnish your professional kitchen with the proper baking pans that will best suit your needs. Fortunately for you, we have spelled out the benefits of each type of baking pan available and what purpose each one can serve for you. Let’s get to it, shall we?
As one of the most universal pans found in both home and commercial kitchens, the sheet pan is the workhorse of the baking world. While people use sheet pans for a variety of needs, these pans are most ideal for baking cookies, biscuits and other flat food items. Made from primarily stainless steel or aluminum, sheet pans provide an unbeatable level of durability.
Sheet pans are made in three sizes:
- Full size: Measures 18” x 26” and fits the maximum amount of food. A full-size oven is required for this pan.
- Half size: Measures 13” x 18” and fits in both half size and full size ovens.
- Quarter size: Measures 10” x 13” and fits quarter, half and full size ovens. Ideal for baking smaller quantities of food.
By having various sizes, you’ll be equipped to make large or small batches of foods easily depending on demand. Make sure to consider your oven size prior to purchase, as not all ovens are accommodating to full-size pans.
Versatility narrows as we move from sheet pans to cake pans. Cake pans are more specific to different types of cakes. Here are a selection of cake pans offered and the benefits of each:
- Springform Pans: This model is ideal for delicate cakes, such as cheesecakes and tortes, as the bottom and sides of these pans can be removed for easy cake removal.
- Round Cake Pans: Considered a staple piece of bakeware, this cake pan can be used for a variety of creations from the simple birthday cake to a stacked wedding cake.
- Bundt Pans: Bundt cakes are famous for their unique ring shape and come in a variety of flavors. Having a specific bundt pan allows you to create this famous design with ease.
- Minicake Pans: Individual cake servings have become popular amongst diners who prefer smaller dessert portions. Pan manufacturers have designed minicake pans to make this service as convenient as possible.
- Rectangular Cake Pans: Sheet cakes are a commonly made cake in both home and commercial kitchens, particularly bakeries and catering kitchens. Rectangular cake pans are also great for baking up brownies, casseroles and much more.
There are also several novelty baking pans available for more unique pastries.
Breads are devoured at nearly every dining table. With the right bread pan, these delectable carbs are easier to produce and serve. Bread pans made from metal or silicone are highly durable materials and will withstand the heavy demands of a commercial environment.
The following bread pans are designed to make the breads for which they are respectively named:
The muffin pan's versatility allows you to be efficient with available oven space. Today’s muffin pan manufacturers are designing pans that can make as few as 5 muffins or as many as 24 and more in one batch, so you can make as many as you need to without compromising space. Cup diameters vary between 1” to 5”, for the ability to create mini or jumbo muffins.
The first step to the perfect pie is the pie crust, and the pan plays an important role in helping you create a flaky, scrumptious crust. Most pie pans today are made from aluminum or stainless steel, ensuring their durability, although there are tin and Pyrex options available. Pie pan diameters vary, allowing you to create mini 7" pies up to 10" pies.
The signature mark of a quiche is the crimped edges lining the crust. These edges are easily created with quiche pans that have the crust design built into the pan’s construction. Quiche pans can rage in diameter to make individual 3" quiches to larger 8" quiches.
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