Precautions for Using Foil Trays

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Aluminum foil trays ensure good and even heat transfer in the microwave and can be used in both conventional ovens and microwaves. It can be used for grilling to prevent food from burning, and is also suitable for packaging of refrigerated, frozen and fresh food. Aluminum trays can also be heated on the original packaging and will not spill harmful substances to contaminate the food. They are safer, more hygienic and more reliable than other disposable containers.

Use Microwave or Oven to Heat Foil Pans

Use Microwave or Oven to Heat Foil Pan

  • Aluminum food tray must be filled with food. Risk of burning if not filled.
  • Remove the foil lid or the food will not be heated. If food must be covered, use a plate or microwave adhesive film.
  • Metal and metal cannot touch each other. The aluminum tray cannot come into contact with the furnace wall, furnace door, furnace bottom and other metal parts. Otherwise, the resulting arc may damage the microwave. Also, avoid plates with gold or silver decorations.
  • The foil pan should always be kept 2 cm away from the oven wall or 2 cm away from other foil pans. For example, an aluminum tray can be placed on a porcelain plate.
  • Since food absorbs microwaves from above, cooking and heating times increase by approximately 10%.
  • Do not use bent or damaged aluminum trays and do not reuse aluminum foil sheets. Please wash and recycle.

Aluminum Foil Tray Sizes

Safety Precautions

Correct Operation

Please wear heat-resistant and cut-resistant gloves when handling hot or sharp-edged aluminum foil trays to avoid cuts or burns. Clean the tin trays before and after use, store in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight, and be careful to keep it dry to prevent oxidation and mold growth.

Avoid Pollution

Before using your aluminum foil tray, make sure it is clean and free of any residue or particles. Can be washed with warm soapy water and rinsed thoroughly. It is recommended to choose aluminum foil trays that are clearly marked as food grade or food safe and to use separate foil trays for different types of food, especially when handling raw meat, poultry or seafood.

Food Cooking Precautions

Cooking and Baking

Due to the reflective properties of aluminum foil trays, it may cause excessive browning or burning of food. To prevent this, cover the top of the tray with foil to prevent food from burning, or adjust cooking time and temperature accordingly. If you use foil trays to store food in the refrigerator or freezer, also use foil lids or lids to maintain hygiene and prevent flavor contamination.

Food Storing

When storing leftovers in foil trays, seal with foil or transfer to an airtight container. Be careful to avoid storing highly acidic or salty foods, such as tomato sauce or citrus fruits, in foil trays for extended periods of time. Because acidic and salty foods react with aluminum and may affect the taste of the food.

If you store food in foil trays in the refrigerator, be careful not to stack them and place them directly on the refrigerator shelves.

Reheating and Microwaving

Before reheating food in tin foil serving trays, be sure to remove any foil lids or coverings. Never place foil trays with metal parts, such as foil lids or handles, directly into the microwave. Metal can cause arcing and damage equipment.
If you want to reheat food in an catering aluminum trays, make sure the tray is designed for microwave use. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended heating times and power levels to prevent overheating or uneven cooking.

Choose a Reliable Manufacturer

Look for a manufacturer that specializes in aluminum trays and check whether the brand has ISO 9001, FDA, BRC, QS, CE or other relevant quality certifications. Read customer reviews and ratings, these opinions will surely help you. If you want to buy aluminum trays in bulk, you also need to confirm whether the manufacturer is authentic. You can ask the manufacturer for samples. As long as you are satisfied with the sample and the manufacturer, you can purchase with confidence.

Check Aluminum Tray

Inspect the foil plate for dents, holes, or other visible damage. Verify that the foil tray size and capacity meet your needs. Pay attention to the thickness and strength of the foil used in the tray. Thicker foils tend to be more durable and less likely to tear or puncture.

Disposal and Recycling

After use, wash away any food residue and separate the foil trays from other waste materials for recycling or proper disposal. Please check with your local recycling agency or city government to determine if aluminum foil trays can enter the recycling process. If so, flatten the tray after cleaning.

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