From baking biscuits, to grilling oozy cheese on toast, roasting veg and everything in-between, where would we be without the humble baking tray?
It’s probably one of the most versatile - and invaluable - pieces of cooking equipment in a kitchen, so it pays to get one that looks good and will last, whatever you throw at it.
Consider what you’ll be cooking and whether you’re going to need something non-stick or specifically shaped for your chosen ingredients - round designs are ideal if you’re looking to bake pizzas, for example.
Remember to choose one that’s the right size to fit in your oven as some of the larger trays can be a tight squeeze for smaller models.
Whether you want a good all-rounder or a design to cook something specific, such as pizza, we’ve found the best options to make rustling up dinner a doddle.
Let’s face it, a baking tray needs to be big enough to cook almost anything, non-stick so your food glides off the surface once it’s cooked, and easy to clean.
And these baking trays fit the bill – plus you get not one, but two! They’re safe to use up to 230ºC, can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and the manufacturer is so confident their non-stick coating is one of the best around that these trays come with a guarantee for the lifetime of the tins. Can’t say fairer than that!
Now here’s a nifty idea – a baking tray that’s half regular tray, half crisper to give that all-important bite on the crusts of pizzas, pies and pastries.
After all, no one likes a soggy bottom. It’s made from heavy-gauge carbon steel for durability and excellent heat conduction, is oven-safe up to 240ºC, dishwasher-safe, and can also be popped in your freezer.
That is, if you can bring yourself to freeze that batch of biscuits rather than scoffing them, that is.
Who says baking trays have to be metal? If you’re after something a little bit different and arguably more stylish, try this simple glass baking tray from trusted bakeware company Pyrex.
It measures 32cm x 26cm, has a 10-year guarantee and, unlike metal baking trays, can be used in the microwave. Handy.
If you take eating pizza seriously (who doesn’t?!), you’ll need a pizza tray with air holes to ensure your meat feast or veggie delight is nice and crispy underneath and cooked perfectly in the middle.
And if you're partial to brownies that are gooey inside but pleasingly crisp on the outside, cook them on a pizza tray – you won’t look back.
Rather than have several baking trays taking up valuable space, buy yourself a roasting tray to use as a deep baking tray - and also cook your Sunday roast meat joint using the roasting rack.
It’s made from non-stick carbon steel, can be cleaned in the dishwasher and has a five-year guarantee.
Its base is perforated to encourage even air flow, helping your food brown and crisp evenly, while two ceramic layers make it easy to slide ingredients off without them sticking.
Oh, and if you find holding onto baking trays a tricky business, you’ll appreciate its lipped edge.
Lastly, it’s fridge and freezer safe and comes with a 25-year guarantee, showing just how confident Masterclass is in its product.
Looking to step up your kitchen cookware? You might also find our round-up of best roasting tins helpful.
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