How to Pick Pizza Baking Mats


The choice of pizza Baking Mats is not random. Different types of pizza Baking Mats are suitable for different types of pizzas, thereby creating different base tastes. Pizza Baking Mats can be used not only in commercial pizza ovens, but also in other types of ovens. Once we decide what style of pizza crust we want to present (thin, crispy, soft, burnt...), it means choosing what type of oven, Baking Mats.


Anyone who wants to bake the perfect pizza needs to pick and choose the perfect pizza Baking Mats. Only by understanding the different types and scope of pizza Baking Mats can we choose the best pizza Baking Mats for us.


1. Baking Mats Regular Pizza Pans


Made of aluminum or aluminum oxide and anodized, the Baking Mats are extremely durable, heat up quickly and evenly, making them suitable for use in a variety of commercial ovens. Usually used to make New York thin-crust pizzas, New York's bases are thin, soft and especially easy to fold.


Analysis: It can be used for baking, cutting, serving, etc. One plate is multi-purpose, which saves time and is easy to clean. But after repeated use, aluminum can soften and leave cut marks that can thin over time.


2. Baking Mats Deep Dish Pizza Pans


The common materials of this Baking Mats are aluminum, stainless steel, etc., all of which are suitable for commercial ovens. But it's specifically for baking Chicago deep-dish pizzas. The higher, deeper inner wall will make the pizza crust more crispy and chewy.


Analysis: It is still very durable, but do not soak and wash, and do not refrigerate, it is best to store in a dry place.


3. Baking Mats Square Deep Dish Pizza Pans


Most square pizza pans are made of aluminum or steel, making them ideal for everyday use in commercial pizza ovens. Mainly suitable for baking Sicilian pizza, the base is thicker, softer and chewier.


Analysis: Thick and durable pizza Baking Mats, but only for Sicilian pizza.


4. Baking MatsPizza Screens and Disks


This is one of the more popular types of Baking Mats. It is generally round in design and light in weight. Except for the edge of the disk, it is a screen structure with uniform size arrangement, so the free circulation of air is ensured to the greatest extent. Penetration is greatly improved and heats up very quickly, allowing pizzas to ripen more evenly.


Analysis: It is suitable for baking thin-bottomed pizza, which effectively improves the baking efficiency. However, after the baking is completed, you need to use Baking Mats tongs or a pizza spatula to separate the pizza from the Baking Mats, transfer it to the serving plate for cutting, and do not cut directly on the Baking Mats on the screen.


5. Pizza Stones


Pizza shops can also use pizza stones to bake delicious pizzas. Pizza stones are generally thicker, and the materials are ceramic, cordierite, etc. Pizza crusts baked with a pizza stone are crispy and chewy, an inherent quality of Greek-style pizza.


Analysis: Before baking pizza, the pizza stone needs to be preheated in the oven (allow enough time), otherwise the sudden rise of high temperature will easily cause the stone to crack. Cutting pizza directly on the pizza stone is not supported. And you need to sprinkle some flour or cornmeal before placing the pizza crust to avoid sticking.


6. Baking MatsCast Iron Pizza Pans


Cast iron pizza Baking Mats are a magical being that can be used as a pot or baked right into the oven. The rounded pan edge design not only provides support for pizza edge shaping, but also provides a charred edge flavor, similar to traditional Neapolitan pizza. And the cast-iron pizza Baking Mats hold very well.


Analysis: In order to ensure uniform heating as much as possible, the cast iron pizza Baking Mats need to be preheated accordingly before use.


7. Baking MatsPizza CAR Pans


Compatible with any commercial oven, the top edge is sharp and you can use a rolling pin to quickly remove excess crust for consistent bottom shape and size.


Analysis: Suitable for many styles of pizza, the final crust shape depends on the style of the pizza.


8. Wide Rim Pizza Pans


The wide-sided design is convenient for cutting and taking pizza. Any kind of pizza can be cut on the wide-sided pizza pan. Most of the time, we can choose to use the wide-sided pizza pan to serve customers directly.


Analysis: The wide-brimmed pizza pan is not used for baking most of the time, so it does not affect the flavor and texture of the pizza.


9. Disposable Pizza Pans


Many disposable pizza pans are very safe and hygienic, can withstand high temperatures, and commonly used materials are aluminum, plastic and cardboard. Disposable pizza pans require no cleaning and are very convenient. Some also have lids designed for customers to take home directly. Great savings on labor costs when running promotions at pizzerias. Works well with most fluffy crust style pizzas.


Analysis: Disposable pizza pans are obviously not as practical as reusable Baking Mats, and have certain limitations. Because it is difficult to reuse, the cost of purchasing is higher than other types of pizza Baking Mats.


The bottoms of Pizza Baking Mats will also have different patterns, such as smooth solid, protruding nib, mesh distribution, and super mesh. The different designs of these bases are for a more perfect pizza, for the airflow to circulate more freely and the heat to penetrate more evenly.


1).Solid: The bottom of the plate is smooth, with no holes and no bumps. The most common pizza Baking Mats. The baked pizza is crispy on the sides and fluffy on the bottom. Can also be presented to customers as a serving board.


2). Protruding (Nibs): The characteristics of the bottom of the pan are not smooth and have a bumpy touch, which can speed up the air circulation, improve the baking efficiency, better separate the moisture from the bottom of the cake, and make the bottom of the cake more crispy.


3). Perforated: The bottom of Baking Mats is designed with uniform mesh, which heats up more evenly and quickly, shortens the baking time, and makes the pizza base more crispy.


4). Super Perforated: The sieve holes at the bottom of the Baking Mats are more densely distributed, which can effectively prevent the base and the Baking Mats from sticking, further increasing the crispness of the pizza base and shortening the baking time. .


Pizza Pan Thickness


The thickness of pizza Baking Mats is directly related to the crispiness of the pizza base. The thicker the pizza Baking Mats, the harder it is for the heat to penetrate the Baking Mats and the longer it will take to bake the pizza. The baked pizza crust will be very soft and chewy. Conversely, when the heat penetrates thin pizza Baking Mats, the baking speed will be faster, and the crust of the pizza will be relatively crispy.


It should be noted that the thickness of Pizza Baking Mats will be slightly different due to different manufacturers, different production equipment and manufacturing processes.


Coating Treatment of Pizza Baking Mats


Coating pizza Baking Mats will make them easier to clean and maintain, as well as extend their lifespan. Also, some coatings can affect bake time.


Brightening or Darkening of Pizza Baking Mats


Common color choices when choosing pizza Baking Mats are bright and black. And a deeper surface helps retain more heat, speeding up the bake time. And brightened pizza Baking Mats reflect heat, delaying the baking process.


Anodized Coating Treatment for Pizza Baking Mats


This coating is a corrosion-resistant anodized film that will not peel off. The color after treatment is deep black, with excellent heat preservation effect, which can significantly shorten the baking time. In order to keep the anodized hardened coating from being damaged, it is necessary to brush a layer of cooking oil and bake it in the oven before use. There is no need to wash it after that, and it can be reused to avoid sticking.


When most pizza Baking Mats are used for the first time, they need to be brushed with oil and baked in the oven to obtain a longer life cycle of the pizza Baking Mats, and can also effectively prevent the cake bottom and the Baking Mats from sticking.


Tips: When our Pizza Baking Mats have accumulated a lot of dirt after use, they need to be cleaned, and try to choose a soft sponge for gentle treatment, do not use hard cleaning utensils, avoid the corrosion of acid and alkaline cleaners, and ensure their service life and performance.