What Foil Pans Do I Need for Catering?

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What Are Catering Foil Pans

Aluminum foil catering pans, also known as steam table pans or aluminum serving trays, are large-sized food containers commonly used in catering kitchens. Both full and half size pans are common aluminum catering pans.
Foil catering pans are large in size and capacity, with a smooth, metallic interior and good non-stick properties, allowing for easy access to food. The top is surrounded by a rolled edge design for added strength and sturdiness. The sides are mostly wrinkled for anti-slip and will not fall off easily.

What Are Aluminum Catering Trays Used For

Aluminum catering trays are mainly used for heat preservation and heating of catering food. Aluminum foil steam table trays store hot water at the bottom to generate steam to keep food warm. Sometimes they are also used for steaming, especially when food needs to be kept moist and warm.
How to use aluminum catering trays? Aluminum pan for catering is used in the same way as foil steam table pans. Then, how to set up aluminum catering pans? The aluminum foil catering pan has a double-layer design. The bottom is full pan size, used to hold hot water, and 2 half pans are placed on the upper layer to hold food. A heating device is installed at the bottom of the entire dish to ensure that hot water continuously releases steam to form a small steamer.

Aluminum Catering Pan Dimensions

NameTop OutTop InBaseDepthCapacity
Small steam table pan11 5/8” x 9 5/16”10 11/16 “ x 8 3/8”9 3/16” x 6 11/16”2 5/8”85 fl.oz
1/3 size steam table pan12 9/16” x 6 9/16”11 3/4” x 5 3/4”10 1/4” x 4 1/8”3 1/8”78 fl.oz
Half size steam table pan12 5/8” x 10 1/4”
12 5/8” x 10 1/4”
12 5/8” x 10 1/4”
12 5/8 ” x 10 1/4”
11 9/16” x 9 3/16”
11 3/4” x 9 7/16”
11 5/8” x 9 1/4”
11 5/8” x 9 1/4”
10 7/16” x 8 1/16”
10 7/16” x 8 1/16”
10 3/16” x 7 11/16”
9 11/16” x 7 5/16”
1 5/8”
2 1/16”
2 9/16”
3 1/2”
71 fl.oz
96 fl.oz
105 fl.oz
128 fl.oz
Full size steam table pans20 11/16” x 12 13/16”
20 11/16” x 12 13/16”
20 11/16” x 12 13/16”
19 9/16” x 11 11/16”
19 9/16” x 11 11/16”
19 9/16” x 11 11/16”
18 7/16” x 10 1/2”
18 7/16” x 10 1/2”
17 13/16” x 9 15/16”
1 1/2”
1 13/16”
2 15/16”
152 fl.oz
216 fl.oz
287 fl.oz
Node: This form is for Henan Yongsheng Aluminum aluminum catering pans size.

Can Aluminum Catering Pans Be Used In The Oven

It is safe to use aluminum catering pans in the oven. The melting point of aluminum foil is above 660℃, so it can be used for grilling and baking. The oven uses the heat radiation source of the heating tube for heating, so aluminum foil is completely suitable. However, if you want to put aluminum foil in the microwave, I strongly advise against it. Because the microwaves generated by the microwave oven cannot penetrate metal, the microwaves will be reflected on the metal surface, which can easily damage the microwave tube, generate electric sparks, and easily cause fire.

The best non-metallic pans to use safely in the microwave oven are ceramics, marble, etc. Some disposable pans, such as aluminum foil pans, are best marked as safe for use in microwave ovens, so you can use them safely.

Are Aluminum Catering Trays Recyclable

Aluminum catering trays are made of aluminum foil, which has a high recycling rate and can be recycled up to 25 times. It meets national food hygiene standards and does not produce harmful substances during recycling and processing. Aluminum catering pans and aluminum foil containers do not release harmful substances even after landfill and can be degraded. However, most plastic containers cannot be recycled and can only be landfilled and are not degradable.
After using the aluminum pan for catering, the remaining food can be poured into wet garbage or kitchen waste. You can simply rinse it, shake off the water, flatten or fold the tray, and throw it into the recyclable trash can for easy transportation and sorting.

Foil Warming Pan: Function and Usage

Foil catering pans, also known as hot pots or foil pans, play a vital role in the catering industry for events that require heat preservation and efficient serving.
The main purpose of foil catering pans is to keep food warm during serving, especially at events where large amounts of food need to be kept at serving temperature for a long time. Servers can place the pans on a buffet table or service counter to display food directly while maintaining the appropriate temperature.
Specific instructions:
Assemble the catering pan: Before use, assemble the hot pot with the stand, fuel rack, and water pan. Put hot water in the water pan and keep the fuel roasting to ensure steam.
Food placement: After assembly, place the foil catering pan with food in the water pan. Be sure to cover the pan with the included foil cover to help keep it warm.
Ignite the heat source: Place a heat source, such as a fuel can or electric heating element, under the water pan to keep the food at the desired temperature.

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