Common Questions About Metal Serveware
What material is metal serveware made from?
Stainless steel is the most common metal used in foodservice equipment and supplies. It is a popular choice for commercial products because it is durable, easy to clean, and resists scratching, staining, and rusting. Besides stainless steel, metal serveware may be made of aluminum, copper, pewter, and steel. Each of these different metals has its own qualities and unique appearance.
Aluminum is another popular material for metal serveware because it is lightweight and less expensive than stainless steel; however, it is also less durable than stainless steel and cannot stand up to as much day-to-day abuse. Stainless steel and aluminum are able to resist high temperatures, though the exact temperature range varies between specific products and will be specified in the product information. This means serveware made of these materials can generally be used to serve hot food without worrying about it damaging the product.
Copper is typically viewed as a higher end option because of its price point and distinctive gold-orange color. Pewter, which is made out of at least 92 percent tin, is another upscale material because it is more expensive and less durable than stainless steel or aluminum. Products made out of more-delicate metals often need to be handwashed to preserve their appearance and resist corrosion, so they may not be the best choice for high-volume operations.
Metal serveware may be made out of steel that has been given an attractive enamel finish, but common decorative touches include a hammered exterior, scalloped edges, and polished mirror finishes.
What kind of metal serving trays are available?
Metal serving trays typically vary in diameter from 11 to 22 inches and are primarily made from one of three metals: copper, stainless steel, or aluminum. Metal serving trays also come in many different shapes including oval, rectangular, and circular. Trays may have a classic, simple look or be designed with elegant patterns etched in the metal. In order to create an easier method for carrying the trays to their destinations, some may include handles.
Which metal serving bowl do I need?
Metal serving bowls typically range in size from 10 to 220 ounces for a variety of uses, from single servings to buffets. Some stainless steel products have a hammered finish option that gives a completely different aesthetic. Others may be designed with a double wall, which provides insulation to help ensure food stays at safe temperatures for extended periods of time. Larger metal serving bowls designed for hot food may also come with a roll-top lid or different style of cover to keep food warm when it is not actively being served. Like trays, bowls may be circular or oval shaped, and many are available to display non-perishable foods like fruit, candy, nuts, and packaged snacks.