Although it doesn't receive attention in expert reviews (we couldn't find professional reviews of jelly roll pans), owners are more than pleased with the Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan. It has a 1-inch rimmed edge all the way around that makes it useful for roasting and other tasks, not just cookies. Consumers should be aware, however, that the rimmed edge is likely to block heated air from circulating over the cookies in the oven, and the cookie might require a longer baking time.
At Cooking.com and Amazon.com, owners praise the size and weight of this pan. They say it browns vegetables and meat well, and it also crisps frozen foods, such as pizza, french fries and fish sticks. Most reviewers who have been using the pan for years say it doesn't show any signs of wear.
The Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan is constructed from steel that is coated with an aluminized alloy, so it has the strength and lower cost of steel but the rapid and even heating properties of aluminum. Chicago Metallic only sells to the food service industry, so these pans are actually made by Focus Products, which has purchased the rights to the brand name and sells at the retail level.
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1. Bon Appetit
Editors recommend heavy-duty baking sheets like the Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan because of their versatility. However, it's unclear whether any pans were tested for this review.
Review: Baking Sheets, Editors of Bon Appetit magazine, April 2008
More than 60 owners give the Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. About 40 have written reviews that say this heavy-duty pan is a good value and hasn't warped like other pans they've owned.
Review: Commercial Jelly Roll Pan by Chicago Metallic, Contributors at Cooking.com
There are nearly 50 owner-written reviews of the Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan, and it gets an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners agree it has a good weight and is easy to clean. Reviews also applaud this pan for roasting vegetables and chicken, because it browns nicely without burning. Cleanup is also said to be easy. Quite a few reviews mention that the label glued to the pan is very difficult to remove; however, more recent reviews say it wasn't a problem.
Review: Chicago Metallic Commercial 18-Inch-by-13-Inch Jelly Roll Pan, Contributors at Amazon.com
4. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine compare 12 cookie and baking sheets, including the Chicago Metallic Commercial Cookie Sheet, which is similar to the Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan. Several types of cookies are baked on each pan, with and without parchment paper. Separate ratings are given for performance, design and durability.
Review: Cookie Sheets, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, October 2007
5. The Boston Globe
In 2007, Jolyon Helterman published a review of seven cookie sheets at The Boston Globe. Each pan is rated on a 5-star scale and a short review is provided. The Chicago Metallic Commercial Jelly Roll Pan is not included, but the similar Chicago Metallic Commercial Cookie Sheet is picked as the runner-up with a 4-star rating.
Review: The way the cookie (sheets) crumbled, Jolyon Helterman, Dec. 12, 2007