Polycarbonate Gastronorm Containers
Operating temperatures vary across polycarbonate gastronorms, which is why colour coding is often used to identify them. For example, amber polycarbonate pans have the greatest heat resistance, and can be used directly from storage to the microwave or bain-marie which helps save the use of other pans.
Black polycarbonate gastronorm pans are commonly associated with cold food preparation, although they offer a wide temperature range. Polycarbonate has many benefits as a material for use in food storage and preparation. Firstly it does not insulate heat, ensuring pans are always cold to the touch and therefore safe to be handled at all times. Also, polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable and so offers reliability and a long lifespan. Polycarbonate gastronorms do not bend out of shape so can always be stacked to save space.
While stainless steel gastronorms are the gold standard of food storage and cooking in catering, plastic gastronorms have important benefits of their own. Clear and coloured plastic gastronorms offer robust, stackable storage, allowing you to manage food efficiently from cold food preparation to high heat polycarbonate gastronorm pans. As plastic pans don’t bend or warp, they maintain better contact with steam tables and hot holding facilities, maintaining safe food temperatures for longer.
High heat amber pans are especially useful for a food service environment as they are suitable for every stage of food service from prepping and storage to cooking and heating, saving the use of extra pans, minimising food handling and helping to reduce exposure to additional moisture and microbial cross-contamination.