Crisping Tray

Once again, it’s been a long week. My random crap has already been backlogged to 3/28. I haven’t even check Digg and in 3 days. It’s going to take me awhile for me to push this crap onto you guys. ;p

A few weeks ago, IRobertI IMed me asking what the those gray disks that microwavable pizza come with are called. I had always thought they were just just paper cardboard with some plastic/wax thing on top of it. He tells me if you try microwaving a pizza normally without this special cardboard, the pizza’s crust becomes all soggy. I think then propose the fact that since most of these dishes allow air to go underneath it, that may have something to do with making it crispy.

Here’s what one of them look like:
microwavable pizza and crisping tray

I started searching online and there’s a bunch of threads and patents that popped up, but nothing really that describe how it works. Some claim there’s some sort of metal in it and it acts as a resistor, heating up when microwave frequencies hit it. But isn’t putting metal into the microwave counterintuitive? Anyway, I started reading the back of my Bagel Bites box and they refer to it as a crisping tray.

I decided to take apart one and unless the gray coating on top of cardboard is the metallic part, I found now no evidence of any sort of metal hidden inside the cardboard. If anyone knows exactly how this magic is done, I’d like to know.

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  1. From Deadlock:

    I believe those microwave pizza trays use something called: metalized polyester. the logic is that the pizza toppings contain more water than the crust so microwaving the pizza normally creates burnt toppings with soggy crust.

    The silver tray absorbs the microwaves to heat the crust like a normal oven while the microwaves that aren’t absorbed heat the toppings.

    There is a tiny issue, the middle bottom of pizzas don’t heat well since most of the microwaves get absorbed on the edges and on the top. but its still cooks much better than with out the lil tray.

    the technical term for that lil tray is a ‘microwave susceptor material’

    it all started from this result:
    Better susceptor heats up for microwave pizza. (Theresa Foods)

    but i pieced all that other info together from the looking into microwave susceptor material

    that result sounds like a newer version of these cooking sheets

    //krunk (^_^x)

    • Wow, stumbled on this late so hopefully you’re still slightly interested. The gadget is referred to as a “microwave susceptor” and usually consists of aluminum flakes laminated in some fashion. I tried to find a place for you where you could buy them, but the few places I found were wholesale distributors, so, not sure if you’d be able to work something out there. I experimented a few times with keeping ones from various packages (red baron pizza, hot pockets, etc) but generally they don’t work as well the second time around, and the size/shape of the item makes a big difference based on the size/shape of the susceptor being used.

      I’d guess some freakish physicist somewhere has some equation to make it all perfect based on whether your pizza has olives, pepperoni, or if the moon is currently in the 7th house.
      Wish I could help more! 🙂

  2. I am glad that I know how the tray works now. But what I am trying to find out is where I can buy these trays. I run a youth center in town and we wanted to sell pizza but we need these trays to make the pizza get crispy. So can you help me?