Understanding Full Size Aluminum Pans

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What Is Full Size Aluminum Pan

Full size aluminum pan, also called full size foil steam table pan, is a piece of cookware made from aluminum foil and shaped into a rectangle. Commonly used in the food service industry and at parties, full-size aluminum steam trays can be used either as steam trays or directly on the table to keep food warm.
Steam table catering trays are available in a variety of sizes and styles, and aluminum foil container manufacturers manufacture and design steam foil trays in standard sizes for use.

Full-size foil steam trays are available with or without lids.

Full Size Aluminum Foil Steam Table Pan

Full Size Aluminum Foil Steam Table Pan with Lid

How Many Quarts In Full Size Aluminum Pan

Full size aluminum foil steam food pans are designed to withstand high temperatures and resist corrosion, making them suitable for ovens, steam tables and freezers. Full-size aluminum pans can be divided into three types: deep, medium and shallow according to different depths. A standard full-size foil steam pan measures approximately 20 3/4 inches by 12 3/4 inches, and its average capacity is approximately 8.8 quarts.

What Dimension for Full Size Aluminum Pan

Full size aluminum pan dimensions are mainly composed of length, width, depth and capacity. According to the different depths, we call full size aluminum foil pans full size shallow steam table pan, full size medium steam table pan, and full size deep steam table pan. The following are actual data from manufacturers of aluminum foil full size pans:

Item No.YSA-5333SItem No.YSA-5333MItem No.YSA-5333D
Top out20 11/16” x 12 13/16”Top out20 11/16” x 12 13/16”Top out20 11/16” x 12 13/16”
Top in19 9/16” x 11 11/16”Top in19 9/16” x 11 11/16”Top in19 9/16” x 11 11/16”
Base18 7/16” x 10 1/2”Base18 7/16” x 10 1/2”Base17 13/16” x 9 15/16”
Depth1 1/2”Depth1 13/16”Depth2 15/16”
Capacity152 fl.ozCapacity216 fl.ozCapacity287 fl.oz
Full size shallow steam table panFull size medium steam table panFull size deep steam table pan

Select the Best Full Foil Pan for Your Needs

When choosing the right full-size aluminum foil pan, you need to consider the following key factors:

  • Purpose and Serving Sizes: Determine what type of food you need the foil pan for, whether cooking, grilling, or baking. The type of ingredients and the number of people dining will determine the best size for a full-size foil pan, so if you have a larger group, you can opt for a full-size foil pan.
  • Size matching: Determine which plate you need based on the size of your oven or grill. A full-size foil pan that is too large will prevent food from heating evenly, and a foil pan that is too small will cause food to overflow.
  • Evaluate durability: Thicker, larger foil pans will be more durable and can be reused multiple times. Ideal for queuing, grilling and catering events, this large foil steam tray is perfect for serving large amounts of food. If you want to freeze or store some food, you’d be better off opting for a foil steam table pan with lid.

How Many Servings Are In A Full Size Aluminum Pan

Full size shallow steam table pan:
Main dish (e.g., lasagna, baked ziti): 3-4-inch square servings, 15-20
Side dishes (such as roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese): 1/2 – 1 cup servings, 18-24
Baked goods (e.g., pancakes, cookie bars): 2-3 inch square, serves 16-24

20" x 12" full size aluminum pan servings

Full size medium steam table pan:
Main dish (e.g., lasagna, baked ziti): 3-4-inch square servings, 18-24
Side dishes (such as roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese): 1/2 – 1 cup servings, 24-36
Baked goods (e.g., pancakes, cookie bars): 2-3 inch square, serves 20-30

Full size deep steam table pan:
Main dish (e.g., lasagna, baked ziti): 3-4-inch square servings, 22-28
Side dishes (such as roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese): 1/2 – 1 cup servings, 28-40
Baked goods (e.g., pancakes, cookie bars): 2-3 inch square, serves 24-36

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