As I was conducting further research on the Jet's pizzas recently, I came across a website of a company called Pizzapanlids, at http://www.pizzapanlids.com/
, where I learned for the first time that Jet's, at least in some of its stores, uses pan lids for its pans. I was especially intrigued by the perceived benefits of using the lids, including the following:2.Better for your dough
a.Faster proofing time
c.Results in fluffier crust
d.Lasts longer in the cooler
It strikes me as quite possible that, given that Jet's does not use bromated flours (according to Jet's corporate office), the lids might help produce a better rise and a more open and airy finished crust. The lids also prevent "crud" from the bottoms of pans that are stacked from falling into the dough of lower pans in the stack.
I also wondered whether one, including interested members of our forum, could purchase lids from Pizzapanlids. To find out, I called Damon at Pizzapanlids and had a nice discussion with him on his company's products. As it turns out, his company works through distributors and, as a result, does not sell directly to individuals. However, as I noted yesterday at Reply 1 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13687.msg137053.html#new
, a Michigan company by the name of Northern Pizza Equipment, at http://www.northernpizzaequipment.com/bluesteelpans.html
, offers the lids from Pizzapanlids. The blue steel pans for which the lids were designed can also be purchased from Northern.
Perhaps the most important information that I got from Damon is on the sizes of the pans used by Jet's. Obviously, as a supplier to Jet's, Pizzapanlids would know the Jet's pan sizes. As it turns out, the sizes I was previously given (by a Jet's store manager), and which I originally reported at Reply 26 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,8247.msg118161.html#msg118161
, were incorrect. It's possible, I suppose, that different Jet's stores are using different pan sizes, with or without lids, or maybe the dimensions I was given were incorrectly measured, but the correct pan sizes for the Jet's pans are 8" x 10", 10" x 14" and 12" x 17", all as noted at the Northern website. As mentioned at Reply 1 referenced above, I was also told that Jet's uses the blue steel pans sold by Northern (which procures them from P.A. Products, also a Michigan company, at http://www.paprod.com/pans.html
I have edited Reply 26 to reflect the new pan size information.