How to Choose a Pizza Pan

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Americans love pizza, but few fail to make this tasty dish at home. It’s not the recipe that they find challenging, it’s the shopping. With hundreds of different pizza pans to choose from, which one should you pick? Do certain styles offer different results? While this may seem like an intimidating process, it’s actually quite simple.

  • Consider the type of crust you want to prepare. Different types of pizza pans are best suited for different types of crusts. For example, if you want a thin crust you can choose a disc style pizza pan that has been perforated. The holes in the pan allow the crust to become crispier. If you prefer Chicago style pizza, you will want to choose a deep dish pan. For Sicilian style pizza, you will need to choose a square pan.

  • Determine how many people you want to feed. You will also need to choose a pizza pan based on the number of people you want to feed. If you have a large family, you may want to choose a 16-inch pan. On the other hand, a 12-inch pan would work great for couples. If the number of people you feed varies from time to time, you will want to choose more than one 12-inch pan.

  • Choose a metal that works best for the type of pizza you want to prepare. If you’re choosing a perforated pizza pan, you will want to choose a metal with a nonstick coating. If you prefer Chicago or Sicilian style, aluminized steel is a great choice.

  • Shop at a kitchen supply store. While department stores may have the best prices, a kitchen supply store has the best choices. You’ll have several different styles to choose from, which means you can get exactly what you need to prepare your favorite kind of pizza.

  • Ask questions. If you’re still unsure what type of pizza pan you need, ask the staff at the kitchen supply store. They’ll be able to tell you everything you need to know about the different types of pans available.

Tips & Warnings

  • Perforated pans are great for heating up frozen pizzas.
  • Buying several smaller pans allows you to make different types of pizza depending on your guest’s preferences.
  • Ask the staff at your favorite pizzeria which type of pans they use.

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