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Food Pan Buying Guide

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Food pans are used in every stage of the food preparation and presentation process. But from assembly to display, the types of food pans that restaurateurs and caterers use are not all created equal. That's why understanding the differences between these pans, and therefore determining which pan is best for your needs, is vital to the success of your operation. Use this guide to learn all you need to know about the food pans designed to best meet your needs.

Food Pan Sizes

Full size food pans are the standard in the foodservice industry, measuring approximately 20 3/4" x 12 3/4". All other sizes of food pans are simply a variation on those dimensions. For example, a 1/2 size pan measures 12 3/4" x 10 3/8" and a 2/3 size pan measures 13 3/4" x 12 3/4". Continue reading for a more comprehensive breakdown of sizes and capacities.

Gastronorm Pan Sizing

Similar to the non-metric sizing that is largely used by the United States, gastronorm sizing was invented to provide an industry standard for pans and other kitchen equipment. The term, also known as gastronomical-normal, originated in Switzerland and is now widely used across most European countries. The main intention of the sizes was to promote flexibility in every kitchen and allow individual containers to be used with or transferred to a variety of appliances. Gastronorm sizes are comparable to American sizes and can generally be interchanged. Here's a list of the standard gastronorm (GN) sizes:





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