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The best half sheet pans?

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Emaj's picture
Emaj

The best half sheet pans?

Hi everyone. I am looking at buying some good half sheet pans for baking breads and other things. I would prefer dishwasher safe, and NOT nonstick, good quality pans.

I was looking at amazon and Kitchen supply, amco and thunder group all seem to have one But of those only the thunder group one appears to be dishwasher safe. Nordic ware also seems to have a set that comes with lids, they say commercial quality but I would like to hear from someone who has used a few of these brands - which is the most durable?

Does anyone have any experience with these pans? Or another brand?
Here is the link to the thunder group one : http://www.amazon.com/Thunder-Group-Inch-Aluminum-Sheet/dp/B001BR10DW/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3A33U9VF4NWJH&colid=DVAKR2BVRMZD

I also have a stone and am looking at getting quarry tiles for my oven but I find there are still many times I need my half sheet!

Thanks so much for your input.

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Doc.Dough

Once you have the pans, their performance is in your hands.  If you scratch them they will become hard to clean.  If you bake grease onto them and don't clean it off you will have baked on grease on your pans.  So the best thing to do is to get a hard anodized pan and take good care of it.  The anodizing allows you to clean up with a polyester scrubbing pad and Bon-Ami without scratching.  There are a number of sources.  Price should be less than $20 US.  Here is one link to a 14 ga pan:

http://www.katom.com/268-900952.html

edited to add link

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dwcoleman

I use sheet pans exclusively along with pre cut parchment paper, nothing ever sticks.  You can wash them in the dishwasher as well.  I use 3/4 sheet pans mostly, but have some half sheet pans for freezing pizza dough/cinnamon buns.

half sheet pans are 18x13

3/4 sheet pans are 15x21

full sheet pans are 18x26

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Emaj

Thanks for the link doc.
Dw: is there any particular brand you like?

Yes, parchment is a life saver!

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dwcoleman

The least oiliest, cheapest pan works for me.  It's a pretty standard gauge metal normally, with the rolled edges/sidewalls they're all very strong.

I would check out webstaurantstore.com, or your local classifieds.  A lady in my area is selling full size sheet pans for $5 for example.

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BjornErik

with aluminum in the dishwasher.  It seems to turn the finish very dull.  I always wash mine by hand and usually use parchment paper or silpat liners when baking.

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Emaj

Thanks for the input. I will try to find some cheap dishwasher safe pans...everything ends up in the dishwasher eventually!