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Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« on: August 28, 2012, 05:54:24 PM »
I was looking to get a couple of pans to slice and serve pizzas on. I was wondering whether aluminum, anodized aluminum, or stainless is preferred for this purpose. Nibs? Perforated? Also - what size should I buy if I make 14 pizzas? Do I want a 14" pan or do I want 15 or 16", so I have some extra room?
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012, 06:31:35 PM »
Plain aluminum is fine. They are relatively inexpensive at a restaurant supply store. I think pizza looks best when served on a pan/plate that is about the same size as the pie.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 06:37:36 PM »
Thanks Craig. Do the aluminum ones develop that black crud on them if you put them through the dishwasher?

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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 07:02:45 PM »
You mentioned "nibs?"...I have seen some take out places using black plastic "nib" trays and I think this is a good idea. Have you found these in an aluminum re-usable pan?
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2012, 07:06:15 PM »
You mentioned "nibs?"...I have seen some take out places using black plastic "nib" trays and I think this is a good idea. Have you found these in an aluminum re-usable pan?

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http://www.webstaurantstore.com/3255/wide-rim-pizza-pans-coupe-pizza-pans.html

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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2012, 07:12:03 PM »
You mentioned "nibs?"...I have seen some take out places using black plastic "nib" trays and I think this is a good idea. Have you found these in an aluminum re-usable pan?

I have some of those. They're pretty much just like a regular aluminum serving tray but with nibs. Probably American Metalcraft. Got them at Restaurant Equippers in Columbus.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2012, 12:50:51 AM »
rough cutting on the nibs black oan they work well though Frakie G sells them
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 11:27:45 AM »
rough cutting on the nibs black oan they work well though Frakie G sells them
John
I'd like to use this only for serving, to help keep crust crisp.....but it needs more nibs.Right now I cut on a board and slide onto a round bakers cooling rack...looks kinda hoky.   8)
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2012, 11:37:14 AM »
I'd like to use this only for serving, to help keep crust crisp.....

That's what they're for. I can't say they really make a difference, though. I'll dig mine out and start using it. Bob, as you know, I've been making pizza every day for a while and documenting the results in various threads, which I intend to continue doing. So I should be able to share some decent observations about this thing as soon as tonight.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2012, 11:45:42 AM »
Bob, as you know, I've been making pizza every day for a while and documenting the results in various threads, which I intend to continue doing. So I should be able to share some decent observations about this thing as soon as tonight.
Sounds great Ryan, thank you. I was just saying that I think it needs way more nibs than the ones that were linked in order for it to do it's job.
This one here jus looks like a gimmic...
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2012, 11:46:09 AM »
Pic: Serving tray with nibs.
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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2012, 11:47:03 AM »
Now that's more like it.... ;)
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2012, 12:00:11 AM »
FG Pizza ones are high tech plastice dont dent or break and  Have bigger more taller nibs these are what I use andthey do help I sliceand then place on these   http://fgpizza.com/store/page3.html  scroll down past the opil cans to serving tray !
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2012, 12:05:32 AM »
Thanks Craig. Do the aluminum ones develop that black crud on them if you put them through the dishwasher?

No problems in the dishwasher.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2012, 08:01:38 AM »
FG Pizza ones are high tech plastice dont dent or break and  Have bigger more taller nibs these are what I use andthey do help I sliceand then place on these   http://fgpizza.com/store/page3.html  scroll down past the opil cans to serving tray !
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That is a cool site. Thanks. I assume I would not want to slice the pizza right on the plastic tray?

The composite pizza peel is interesting but I am a bit confused by the description. They say it can withstand only 350 degrees, but the show using it for launching pies into home ovens and WFO. Seems like it would come into contact with temps higher than 350 if you do that.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2012, 08:02:46 AM »
No problems in the dishwasher.

Thank you. I sometimes have problems with aluminum utensils oxidizing in the dishwasher.

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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2012, 06:37:47 PM »
I am going to stop reading these threads..... every time you mention a new web site that sells stuff I end up spending money!!!!!! :'(

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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2012, 06:49:42 PM »
LOL. I seem to suffer from the same affliction.

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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2012, 06:53:15 PM »
If anyone is wondering, the nibbed serving tray in my picture seems pretty useless. I just used it (for the first time in a long time) to serve myself a style of pizza that usually leaves a lot of grease behind, but there was hardly any grease left on the serving tray.

Here's what I suspect happened: Normally I cut pizza on my metal peel and use the peel as a serving tray. There's always a greasy mess left on the peel when the pizza is gone. But not with the nibbed serving tray. I think instead of helping the pizza grease drain below the pizza, the nibs end up making the bottom of the crust wick the grease along the bottom of the crust.

Counterproductive. Useless.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2012, 06:58:56 PM »
If anyone is wondering, the nibbed serving tray in my picture seems pretty useless. I just used it (for the first time in a long time) to serve myself a style of pizza that usually leaves a lot of grease behind, but there was hardly any grease left on the serving tray.

Here's what I suspect happened: Normally I cut pizza on my metal peel and use the peel as a serving tray. There's always a greasy mess left on the peel when the pizza is gone. But not with the nibbed serving tray. I think instead of helping the pizza grease drain below the pizza, the nibs end up making the bottom of the crust wick the grease along the bottom of the crust.

Counterproductive. Useless.

Ryan, now you tell us..after I just bought one. I did however buy it for a different reason, will see how it works to keep the crust a little on the crispy side.

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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2012, 07:15:24 PM »
Ryan, now you tell us..after I just bought one. I did however buy it for a different reason, will see how it works to keep the crust a little on the crispy side.

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« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2012, 07:55:21 PM »
I did however buy it for a different reason, will see how it works to keep the crust a little on the crispy side.

Y'know, I hadn't really even thought about that, but I guess that makes sense. I just always put pizzas on a screen for a minute before I cut them. After a short rest on the screen, the pizza shouldn't be hot enough for vapor to condense between the pizza and a regular serving tray (or peel).

But now that you (and Bob in another thread) point out that these trays may be intended for less condensation, rather than my grease hypothesis, I did notice that today's pizza also seemed to lose its fresh appearance quicker than usual. Don't know if that results from the nibs cooling the pizza faster.
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2012, 08:15:50 PM »
I cool on a round bakers wire cooling rack for aprox. 5 min., then cut on a board and then slide pie back to the rack where I then always lay a piece of alum.foil on top(shiny side down) while I'm devouring. Was interested in the alum. nubby for when "company" comes a call'in... 8)
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Re: Pizza pan - slicing / serving
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2012, 11:29:07 AM »
I believe that a major purpose of the nibs is to keep the pizza lifted off of the main surface of the pan so that it doesn't become soggy. As I understand it, that is the purpose of the Pizza Pleezers (http://www.zesco.com/Pizza-Pleezers-Serving-Pans-sz3768.htm) used for serving purposes (not for slicing) in some pizza establishments.

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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2012, 03:13:05 PM »
Yeah, well all it actually seems to do is: 1) Keep grease from exiting the pizza, and 2) Cool the pizza faster than if you had served the pizza on anything else, thus making the pizza look old (and cold) after about five minutes out of the oven.

As someone who owns one, I'd say if you're really interested in these things, start off by buying one. Just one. If anyone wants one, and you intend to be around central Ohio at any time in the future, come and get your free 16" nibbed serving tray.
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