Full sheet pans for home oven use?
OK, forgive me, but I've heard so much lately about the wonders of half sheet pans that I bought one from Amazon. I don't know what I was expecting (and why I didn't employ an ordinary household measuring tape --or just plain common sense--to set appropriate expectations) but I was imagining something that would take up an entire shelf in my old Kenmore oven so that I could roast things in double batches instead of trying to cram two jelly roll pans onto one rack in my oven.
But the half sheet pan that arrived was honestly barely any different than the jelly roll pans I already had. You know, the ones I wrongly have been calling cookie sheets all these years.
I can pretty much fit two jelly roll pans on one shelf in my oven and that's what I usually do when I want to do a double batch.
Is there any reason not to get a full sheet pan for use in a home oven, assuming it would fit dimension-wise (I shall have to call upon that measuring tape, I see)? Would it somehow block air circulation or something like that?
Why is no one singing the praises of full sheet pans for home use these days?
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I am not current on today's stove market, but when I got a 36" Blue Star seven years ago, it was the only home stove on the market with an oven that would hold a full sheet pan. It still does . . .that's why I got it. I use full sheet pans for baking cookies, roasting 5 racks of ribs at a time and roasting veggies and potatoes for a crowd.
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We also have the 36" BS for about the same amount of time. I just have 2 full-size sheet pans that are stashed in a cabinet above our fridge. They don't get used a ton, as we aren't bigtime bakers (if only I had the time to be a bigtime baker). But we have been doing candied spiced pecans for Xmas gifts for friends for a few years, and we can make 8 lb or so of those at a time thanks to the oven and big pans.
I may have to disagree with Geezergourmet, b/c I think DCS' range at the time would also accommodate full-size sheets. But I think that was the only other one.
I don't care for full sheet pans with home ovens because the heat can vary quite a bit from the outer edges to the middle of the rack. Large sheet pans will only exaggerate that issue.
I use half sheets in a double oven.