Arguably the most important tool in the pizza making process, choosing a good pizza pan is worth the time money to make sure you find one that meets your needs.
Arguably the most important tool in the pizza making process, choosing a good pizza pan is worth the time money to make sure you find one that meets your needs. There are a few things to consider when making this choice. The price and quality, which go hand in hand, of different pizza pans varies widely, and should be taken into account. The type of pizza pan depends, of course, on the type of pizza you’re planning to make. The material the pan is made of is another consideration, as is the size of the pan.
Pizza Pan Price and Quality
While pizza pans need not be an extremely expensive, price and quality are certainly directly linked. A more expensive pan will normally be made of a more durable material, with a more durable surface coating and will likely distribute heat more evenly across the surface of the pizza crust. For deep-dish style pizzas, which need to cook much longer than average pizzas, this sort of heat distribution and non-stick coating is more important. For super thin crust pizzas, which bake on very high heat for just a few minutes, this sort of heat distribution is not necessarily worth spending extra money.
Type, Material and Size
Size depends, of course, on how many people you plan to feed. Typically, a 16-inch pizza will serve 3-6 people, making it a good option for families. A 12-inch pizza pan might be a better choice for a couple. The major distinction in the pizza pan type is whether you’re looking for a deep-dish, thick crust style pie or a thin crust. For thin crusts, it’s best to choose a flat metal pan, perforated throughout with tiny holes to allow the flow of air and make for a crisper crust.
These pizza pans are typically made with a lighter metal like aluminum and are typically coated with a non-stick surface. For a thicker deep-dish style pizza, the best option is a pizza pan made specifically for deep-dish pizzas. These are often made of aluminized steel, or sometimes cast iron.