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How to Choose a Baking Tray for Beginners? Ⅰ

There‘re many different types of baking trays on the market and as a beginner it is vital that you buy a safe and suitable baking tray, the right one will produce delicious food and keep the lives of your family safe.

Let’s break it down today!



Firstly, how many baking trays do I need to have for home baking?

Normally, a baking tray is included with the purchase of an oven.
However, from our personal experience, the baking tray that comes with the oven is not very secure in terms of quality. The one we were given when we bought the oven was a poor water barrier, not easy to release and made of aluminium, which is very unsafe.
As the baking tray is in direct contact with the food at high temperatures you will need to buy a back-up tray and also to make it easier to start preparing a second tray when you can’t fit the first one in the baking tray.
So you will need 2.


Secondly, is it better to have a square or a round baking tray?

The four corners of a square baking tray have a tip because of their greater curvature, and they will have an extreme heat distribution gradient that heats up more quickly.
A round baking tray has a continuous rotational symmetry, which means that no matter how many degrees you turn it, it returns to itself.
This dictates that the heat distribution of the baking tray must also be angularly homogeneous, so that for a certain total energy there is no square tray where all the individual points are particularly heated.

Final Verdict / A round baking tray heats more evenly than a square one and is less likely to bake the edges!


Thirdly, what is the safest material for baking trays?

The main considerations when choosing a baking tray –
Whether the material is safe ?
Whether the heat is even ?
How well it transfers heat ?
How easy it is to release the mould ?
How easy it is to clean ?

The main types of baking trays on the market today are Silicone, Glass, Ceramic, Aluminium and Carbon Steel.

  • Silicone Baking Tray

Advantages / Colourful appearance, non-stick and easy to clean, making it a popular material for baking trays today.

Disadvantages / The biggest drawback of silicone is its safety.
Even if silicone is used for food, it can still break down at high temperatures to produce silicone oil, which can contain phthalates, a harmful substance to humans.

Conclusion / Not recommended. Please choose carefully if you need to!

  • Glass Baking Tray

Advantages / Aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean.

Disadvantages / Fairly high temperature resistance and risk of lead output from ordinary glass baking trays.

Conclusion / We recommend choosing a professional brand.

  • Ceramic Baking Tray

Advantages / As with the glass baking tray the high value is the most important feature and the high heat resistance up to 800°C.

Disadvantages / Ceramics can produce relatively heavy harmful substances when exposed to high temperatures.

Conclusion / Choose a famous brand

  • Aluminium Baking Tray

Advantages / More popular with the public. Good thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance can be formed in one piece for easy cleaning.

Disadvantages / Aluminum ions are precipitated when aluminum is baked at high temperatures and excessive intake of aluminum can cause Alzheimer’s disease

Conclusion / Choose an anodised aluminium baking tray for a more stable and safer metal surface.

  • Carbon Steel Baking Tray

Advantages / Compared to aluminium baking trays, carbon steel baking trays are safer.
Resistance to corrosion and ease of cleaning are on a par with aluminium in every respect.

Disadvantages / Slightly inferior to aluminium baking trays in terms of thermal conductivity.

Conclusion / Optional, medium price point

[TIMEXING’s baking trays are carefully selected and can be purchased with confidence for good value for money.]

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