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ijeny Oct 28, 2009 12:10 PM

Hi,

I never made any cookies before today. And I would like to make some this weekend, but I dont have a cookie sheet, I would like to know if I can use the bottom part of broiler pan as a cookie sheet??

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    fourunder Oct 28, 2009 12:17 PM

    The answer is yes, but I would invert the pan upside down and use the outside bottom of the pan for more even heat . The sides are too high.

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      taiwanesesmalleats Oct 28, 2009 12:23 PM

      Be sure to keep an eye on browning. It'll vary depending on the type of metal and its thickness. On another note, invest in some aluminum half-sheet pans. Their usage list runs very long, beyond just cookies.

      1. greygarious Oct 28, 2009 12:38 PM

        If the broiler pan is thick, it will work better than if it is a thin one. A heavy thickness half-sheet pan is definitely worth having. The aluminum ones don't cost much and are very useful. If you use parchment paper there is no clean-up, and you can get the cookies onto a cooling rack faster by lifting the sheet off the pan so the cookies don't overbake from the residual heat of the pan. .

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          ijeny Dec 7, 2009 09:58 PM

          What's the difference amoung half sheet pans, cookie sheet and jelly roll pan?

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            bushwickgirl Dec 7, 2009 11:55 PM

            Full sheet pans (restaurant designation) are 18" x 26"
            Half-sheet pans (restaurant designation) are 18" x 13"
            By restaurant designation, I mean that's what they're called in restaurant vernacular.
            They fit into 30" or more ovens.
            Regular cookie sheets vary in sizes, 13" x 9" or 15" x 13" being common.
            Jelly roll pans are usually 15" x 10" (true jelly roll size) to 18" x 13", with slightly raised edges.
            They can be used for cookie sheets, as well.

            My preference is for half sheet pans, get them at restaurant supply stores, they're heavy-duty so no burned-on-the-bottom cookies (with a gauge of 16 of more) and not very expensive.

            Here's a link for what I'm talking about:
            http://www.etundra.com/Natural_Finish... pans|0|12|0|1|0

            1. re: bushwickgirl
              greygarious Dec 8, 2009 04:43 AM

              To clarify just a bit: a cookie sheet has a raised lip on one side, to facilitate picking it up, but the other sides ar unrimmed, so the cookies can slide off (which could also be a drawback). With parchment paper and other nonstick liners in common use in the modern kitchen, cookie sheets are no longer in as wide use as they were a few decades ago.

              When recipes for the home kitchen refer to a "sheet pan" it means a half-sheet pan - full size ones are too large for many home ovens. Sheet pans have raised edges.

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                LolaP Dec 8, 2009 07:41 PM

                I was wondering, do you know if there is any difference between a sheet pan and a jelly roll pan? What I call a jelly roll pan sounds just like your description of a sheet pan. Just curious! Thanks.

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                  bushwickgirl Dec 8, 2009 08:16 PM

                  A "true" jelly roll pan, that is to say, the size recipes use,
                  is 15" x 10" with a 1" raised lip.
                  I have seen half-sheet pans sold as "jelly roll pans" (at the Food Network website) but I have never seen a jelly roll recipe using those pan dimensons; I think they're mislabled when they are referred to as such.
                  A half sheet pan is 18" x 13", also with a 1" raised lip.

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                    LolaP Dec 9, 2009 05:13 AM

                    Thanks! It looks like I have had a half sheet pan this whole time. Not that I make jelly rolls much, but this would explain why the cake always came out so thin on my yule logs! It is an incredibly useful pan.

              2. re: bushwickgirl
                bushwickgirl Dec 8, 2009 04:21 PM

                Edit: Re-read post and did not mean to imply that full sheet pans would fit in the average home oven. they will not. Half sheet pans will, however.

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                  ijeny Dec 8, 2009 09:52 PM

                  If I just want to get one for various uses, which one should I get?

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                    bushwickgirl Dec 8, 2009 10:19 PM

                    Get a couple half-sheet pans, they're great for cookies and lots of "other stuff."
                    I have four.
                    This link is for a restaurant supply place in CO that has half-sheet pans for under $8. Even though I live in NYC and have many restaurant supply places around, I went with these people. Check out your area supply places.

                    www.etundra.com

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                      fourunder Dec 9, 2009 04:53 AM

                      If you are only going to purchase one, I would suggest you purchase the heaviest gauge (12, I believe) for performance and durability. Some manufacturers brands sold in most restaurant supply houses are:

                      Lincoln
                      Liberty
                      Wearever

                      All three make quality sheet pans I usually purchase the Wearever brand in Costco in two packs for $9.99.

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                        bushwickgirl Dec 9, 2009 07:50 PM

                        The ones I purchased from eTundra were 18 gauge. They were made by Lincoln Wearever.
                        The heavier the gauge, the better.

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                          fourunder Dec 10, 2009 04:26 AM

                          b,

                          You know, I do recall that Lincoln and Wearever had combined in the past. Thanks for correcting the information and reminding me. If you do a lot, or not, of purchases for smallwares, check out this source and compare to eTundra. It's usually cheaper and they often have deals for free shipping if you spend $50, which is not very hard to do. There is another company I know of that may be even cheaper, but at the moment the name escapes me(early Alzheimer's) so I'll have to report back if it ever comes back to me.

                          http://search.instawares.com/sheet-pans.0.3.0.htm?s_kwcid=TC|11195|sheet%20pans||S|p|4882570209&gclid=CIfk1tn5y54CFY915Qodd3rBrA

                          http://www.instawares.com/?gclid=CIfk...&

                          1. re: fourunder
                            bushwickgirl Dec 18, 2009 02:54 PM

                            Just an update on these pans: CI just rated the Lincoln Wearever sheet pans the best over 7 others tested, but they list them as selling for $16.99 from Superior Products, and the size is 12 7/8 x 17 3/4 (half sheet pan size) at 13 gauge alum. The same brand is certainly cheaper from other suppliers.
                            Get 'em while they're hot.

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                              ijeny Dec 20, 2009 01:09 PM

                              Thanks to all. I have a better idea what I want to get now. :))

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                                ijeny Dec 20, 2009 08:03 PM

                                How do I find out what gauge a half sheet pan is? I couldn't see this info on a label.

                                1. re: ijeny
                                  bushwickgirl Dec 20, 2009 09:59 PM

                                  Where are you buying them from? If it's not on the label, ask a store employee, or get the model/serial or barcode number off the pan label and email or call the manufacturor.
                                  If you're purchasing sheet pans from a retail store, I would think the gauge might be 13. The heavier gauges are usually sold in restaurant supply stores for the industry.

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