Whether your cooking style is more Martha Stewart and Jamie Oliver or better suited to following YouTube tutorials and praying for a miracle, one thing cooks of all levels and abilities can agree on is that a kitchen is a place where messiness happens. The bigger the meal, the bigger the mess, which is why we like to use disposable roasting pans when it comes to entertaining a crowd. That, and days when we’re just not up to the soak, scrub, soak, scrub-repeat that is necessary to clean our roasting pan.
Disposable roasting pans are great for making multiple dishes at once. We like to keep a supply of disposable roasting pans in the pantry for times when our meal prep begins with us realizing that all the containers we need are currently in the fridge or freezer holding other meals. Don’t throw out that mac and cheese you’re saving. Instead, use a disposable roasting pan.
We also like disposable roasting pans for times when we need to bring a dish to a group event. Worried you won’t get your expensive container back from the potluck at your office? Disposable roasting pan to the rescue! Want to send leftovers home with a friend who may not remember to return your dish? You guessed it — disposable roasting pans! Whether you’re CWT (cooking while traveling) and don’t have access to your own dishes, want to skip the messy cleanup, or you’re trying to avoid losing your expensive containers, disposable roasting pans are one of our favorite secret weapons in the kitchen.
1. Reynolds Disposable Roasting Pans
Need a pan that can handle a heavy meal like a of pasta or layers of lasagna? Try the Reynolds Disposable Roasting Pans, which comes in “giant size.” The three-pack of pans measure 12” x 12” x 4” and are deep enough to avoid spills. For entertaining a large group, be it holidays, summer parties, birthdays or otherwise, it’s tough to go wrong with this extra large roasting pan from Reynolds.
Pros: The Reynolds pans’ have a blue exterior, which is an attractive alternative to the regular silver.
Cons: The Reynolds pans do not come with a lid and aren’t non-stick, so they’re not ideal for use with dessert dishes.
2. EZ Foil Disposable Steam Table Pans
Your broiler requires a shallower pan, which is why this pick from Hefty is a good bet. These pans have a shorter lip to fit in your broiler. The pans have a liner to trap grease, making for easier clean-up. This listing also includes a full-size steam pan, a half-size steam pan, or an oven rack liner. A total of 48 pans are included with the order.
Pros: Good for broilers. Other pan sizes available from this listing as well. Helps eliminate mess.
Cons: Only available in bulk size, so may not be ideal if you just need a few.
3. MontoPack Half-Size Roasting Pans
Easy to carry and easy to display, the 30 pack of MontoPack Half-Size Roasting Pans come with wide handles that fit perfectly over a chafing stand. Made with heavy-duty 35-gauge aluminum, these pans are extra-thick and ideal for baking meat, vegetables, and pasta.
Pros: Safe for re-use and made with aluminum that can be recycled.
Cons: The MontoPack pans aren’t non-stick and don’t have the same weight capacity as the Reynolds Disposable Roasting Pans.