What are Steel Wire Lunch Baskets and Warming Trays?

The food processing industry must adhere to stringent regulations to ensure safety and sanitation. Food that is served to the public, such as in school settings, must be prepared, transported, stored, and served in conditions that ensure contamination cannot occur. For school districts, sourcing the correct type of warming trays and wire lunch baskets is a significant way to ensure all necessary food safety measures are met. 

Marlin Steel produces food-safe metal serving and transportation solutions that meet all FDA food regulation guidelines. Our products properly store and transport lunches while providing the peace of mind that all steps have been taken to help keep students safe. 

What Are the Uses of Steel Wire Lunch Baskets and Warming Trays?00-136-12-03-22

Steel wire lunch baskets and warming trays are necessary tools for easily serving hot meals in large quantities. They are used to transport lunches from trucks to school kitchens, ensuring the food is kept safe and sanitary.  

Warming trays heat food evenly, even when large quantities are involved. They also help keep prepared foods at a safe temperature before they are distributed. Stainless steel wire lunch baskets and warming trays are easy to clean, durable, and corrosion-resistant. They provide a long and reliable service life, with numerous food service uses. 

What Types of Steel Are Used?

Stainless steel is a common material for food service items as it can easily withstand repeated head-based sanitization. Stainless steel is also non-absorbent, corrosion resistant, and features a smooth, easy-to-clean surface that is resistant to chipping and scratching. Wire lunch baskets can also feature nickel-plated constructions. 

The two most common materials  used to create wire lunch baskets and warming trays are:

  • Grade 304. A popular, high-performing alloy, grade 304 stainless steel provides exceptional tensile strength and excellent corrosion resistance.
  • Plain Steel, Nickel-Plated. Wire lunch baskets can be nickel-plated, as they never directly touch food. Rather, they hold plastic containers that rewarm or reheat the food. Nickel-plated plain steel wire baskets feature a rugged construction and allow for effective material handling and food display. 

For custom wire baskets and warming trays, Marlin Steel completes the fabrication process with electropolishing. This process removes the material’s outer layer, eliminating all microscopic grooves that could harbor bacteria. The finished product is smooth, food-safe, and easy to clean. 

Why Should You Choose Marlin Steel for Steel Wire Baskets and Warming Trays?

At Marlin Steel, our wire baskets adhere to all FDA regulations, are easy to thoroughly sanitize, and are suitable for school use. We provide clients with consistently high-quality products completely customized to their specifications. Our extensive experience working with the food service industry helps us meet our client's unique goals while adhering to all FDA and food safety requirements. We can make your food processing faster and safer while meeting your project timeframe and budget needs.

Marlin Steel for School Food Service Solutions

Stainless steel warming trays and wire baskets from Marlin Steel are custom-developed according to each school's needs and manufactured from the most high-performing, food-safe materials. Our durable products help make large-scale food service more effortless and safe. To learn more, contact us today or request a quote on a custom-designed wire basket.