Stainless Steel Baking Sheet Question
I found and baught on Ebay a stainless steel sheet pan. The description was that it was heavy and sturdy and made of 18/10 stainless. It was about 17 and something inches long including the rims. Perfect for my small oven. Anyway I baught it and when I received it I noticed on the sticker that was attached to the back that the procuct description said "16 inch" tray. So I guess what I baught was not a baking sheet but a serving tray. My question is, do you all think that it would still be ok to use as a baking sheet?
The ebay description said it was great for cookies, jelly rolls, etc.(so the seller believed it to be a baking sheet too) But if this pan was intended as a tray, then is it food safe? Is stainless steel always food safe? It is nice and heavy duty, would hold heavy meats without a problem.
And though the description on Ebay said it was made out of 18/10 stainless, there is nothing on the pan stamped that says what it is made out of.
"Anyway I baught it and when I received it I noticed on the sticker that was attached to the back that the procuct description said "16 inch" tray. So I guess what I baught was not a baking sheet but a serving tray. "
How come the fact that it has a 16 inch label means it is serving tray?
"But if this pan was intended as a tray, then is it food safe?"
Most likely it is safe. 18/10 stainless steel is food safe. Unless you think something really strange is coated on the stainless steel surface.
"the description on Ebay said it was made out of 18/10 stainless, there is nothing on the pan stamped that says what it is made out of."
Is there any description of the pan's maker or the pan model? If you cannot trust the seller, then maybe you have to look up the information from the maker. I doubt any stainless steel bakeware not to be safe with foods, let's it be 18/0, or 18/8 or 18/10. They are all food safe.
>How come the fact that it has a 16 inch label means it is serving tray?>
Because I have never heard a baking sheet referred to as a tray. So I just thought "tray" would mean "serving tray". It also has a little higher sides on it than a typical baking sheet.(I actually think I like the higher sides) It is plenty sturdy enough to be a serving tray. But it could also mean tray as in "Serving a baked ham or turkey" on it too.
>Most likely it is safe. 18/10 stainless steel is food safe. Unless you think something really strange is coated on the stainless steel surface.<
No, It does not appear to be coated with anything. Just looks like any other stainless steel cooking piece that I have.
The label on it says "Zebra Thailand" then it says "Stainless Steel SUS 304"
As long as it is food safe, I don't care if it is a tray or a baking sheet or made for both jobs. I really like it and can think of many jobs for this pan. It is a very sturdy pan and could handle a lot of weight on it. Seems to be something that might used in a commercial kitchen.
Well, if it is stainless steel 304, then it is actually 18/8 stainless steel, not 18/10. Either way, all of them are food safe:
Serving tray tend to be either more colorful or with unique pattern like this one:
If it looks like a plain baking sheet, then it is a baking sheet.
I'd worry far less about what it's called than the actual description of its assets that you provide. There are standard measurements for baking sheets, and the 17" long one is called a half-sheet. It's half the size of a sheet used in a pro bakery, and fits perfectly into most home ovens except for apartment-sized ones.
Stainless steel marked "304" is just fine for baking. I just read about it this morning at this site:
I didn't re-read it, but I believe it did mention that this number was often used in commercial kitchens.
That had more than I needed to know about steel. lol
Did you measure the surface end-to-end or from lip-to-lip? That could account for the discrepancy in measurements, maybe. Unlikely, but maybe. The 18/10 figure (not mentioned on the site above) is always used when describing flatware, but I haven't encountered it when buying other stainless steel items, so I can't help you there.
If it doesn't "wiggle" when you try to bend it holding cater-counter corners and it feels as strong as you say it does, I'd just go ahead and use it. With the info you've provided, it sounds like a great buy. I've been buying on eBay for 14 years now and while it's very commercial today, in the old days it was a real hoot. There are still bargains to be found and I think you just did.
End to end it measures 17 3/8 inches. Inside, the actual cooking surface it is 15 inches. So I don't know why the sticker on it says 16 inch tray. LOL Width is 12 3/4" outside mesurements and inside on the cooking surface measures 11" Depth of the pan, measured from the outside is 1 and 3/16". Nope I can't twist it when I try to. Oh, and my Sunbeam kitchen scale weighs it at 1 and 3/4 lb.
I am happy with the price I think. It cost me 14.99 for the pan/tray and another 14.00 and some change to ship it to me. A little pricey for the shipping, I think, but I am still happy with the total price for stainless steel. Even if it is 18/8 instead of 18/10.
Anyway, I will use it for a few different things and if I like it, I may look for another. Now if I can just find one of those baking racks that will fit in it.
LOL! Nothing is 16"! Too funny.
I agree that the shipping is pricey, but the sheet itself is a bargain, seems like. It sounds awful sturdy.
I got a good rack on Amazon, recommended by Cook's Illustrated, but I'm not sure if it'll fit your sheet. It's 12" x 17", by the CIA. It fits exactly into my half-sheet pan which measures (outside) 12-7/8'' x 17-3/4''. It really looks as though it would fit yours. It's $15. I'm very pleased with it.
I forgot to add that baking sheets have lips. Cookie sheets generally have two, with the long sides open, although there are configurations with three open or only one open.