Plastic food trays are something that you can see inside food courts and cafeterias. And you can also see disposable ones being used for takeout food. But did you know that there are different types of plastic trays?
While there are those that have compartments for different food items, there those that have a flat surface. We really do not need to tell you but, depending on whether or not you are in a school cafeteria or are having lunch inside a food court, you could be using one or the other. School cafeterias use the ones with the built-in partitions so there won’t be that any dishes to wash. On the other hand,food courts use the plain trays to hold bowls and plates.
Can you use food trays at home? You can definitely use the plain tray, but as for the other type of tray, that really depends on whether or not you have kids at home.
In any case, if you search for “plastic food trays” online, you will see that there are many trays being sold on eBay and other retail stores. It might surprise you to know that there are actually expensive trays that cost $15.61 per piece. But you do get what you pay for, and for a tray priced that much, you get something that does not warp with frequent use, and it’s also something that you can use to hold heavy items, from food preparation supplies, kitchen utensils, to tabletops. In other words, you have something that you can use in a restaurant or hotel.
But if you are on a budget, you can still get quality items for $39 for a lot of twenty, which brings the price of one tray to $1.95. If that sounds cheap, it is. But we like to say it again, you get what you pay for. And a tray for that price is best used to carry lightweight items like plates and bowls. In other words, they are best to use in a food court or cafeteria.
You can also tell the price of a tray by the way it looks. The more expensive trays are thick and typically have a textured surface to prevent surface food movement, thus minimizing food spills.
If you need food trays, we are not going to tell you which type to get, but we are going to tell you to compare the prices of at least three sellers. More important, you should compare them based on the quality of their items. Most important, you should check their policy on shipping. There are sellers out there that free shipping and there are others that don’t.
You will find many sellers on eBay and you can easily tell right on their sales page what their terms are.
Buying plastic trays really isn’t rocket science – you only need to choose based on the quality and the price, and the color. Remember, as with anything else in life, you always get what you pay for.