The first and most important factor to understand of any set of hotel pans is standardized sizing. All steam table pans are based on a standardized pan size and fractions of that standard size. Fractional sizes range from 1/2 size pans, which are ideal for larger servings of food to 1/9 size pans, which are great for sauces, add-ons, or seasonings. Various fractional sizes can be combined in a single socket in order to create attractive and convenient layouts of food.
In addition to pan length and width standard measurements, there are also standardized depth measurements for hotel pans. Different depths are ideal for different foods. Shallow pans are ideal for food types like salad and entrees while deeper pans are ideal for soups and other food that will not suffer from being stacked on top of one another. Like length and width, steam table pan depth is standardized to four sizes: 2.5 inch, 4 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch depths.
Another important characteristic to consider when buying pans is whether or not you’ll be needing to place your pans in the