A good baking sheet is a kitchen essential whether you frequently whip up batches of chocolate chip cookies or roast vegetables for dinner. Although it may seem like a simple purchase, there are different types of baking pans and some may be more effective than others when it comes to preparing your go-to dishes.
For instance, a lightweight thin pan may be fine for quickly browning baked goods at low temperatures, but when it comes time to roast a whole chicken on high heat, a heavy duty pan is necessary. While you could stock up on a variety of pans, you could also invest in one baking sheet that can do it all.
Enter the Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Big Sheet, a large non-stick baking pan that will fit in just about any standard oven. The high-quality aluminum surface allows for even baking while the rimmed edges prevent the pan from warping even in high oven temperatures.
Not only has the simple pan earned the title of Amazon’s Choice for rimmed baking sheets and garnered more than 5,500 five-star reviews, but it’s also the best sheet pan, according to our own food editor, Lisa Cericola. “Other than my chef’s knife and trusty cast-iron pan, it’s the most dependable tool in my kitchen,” she wrote.
Buy It: $17 (orig. $20); amazon.com
Amazon shoppers seem to agree with Cericola and note that the pan doesn’t warp in high temperatures and that the non-stick surface makes it easy to clean.
“Yes, you can use this under a broiler or at 450+ degrees Fahrenheit to roast vegetables, and yes, cooked-on oil comes clean and doesn't affect the stickiness of the pan. This is all aluminum, with (allegedly) steel around the edges so it doesn't warp at high temperatures. Very heavy duty pan,” one reviewer wrote.
While you could easily find cheaper baking sheets — the pan is usually listed for $20, but it’s currently on sale for $17 — reviewers confirm that this one is well worth the cost. One shopper said, “These are the nicest baking sheets I've ever owned, and I've tried a lot of different brands over the years! I will admit in the past I always went for the cheapest ones I could find, but now I know it's totally worth it to spend a few more bucks for quality.”
Another reviewer even called the baking sheets “kitchen workhorses” and said that they use them for everything from roasting vegetables to meat. “I have three sizes in my kitchen now [and] they are all made from the same durable aluminum. They clean up beautifully and they last… The large size is especially great for all the sheet pan dinner recipes that have become popular [and it] ensures that the food won't be overcrowded.”
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