Most counter-top steamers are boiler-less, where you pour water to a built in reservoir in the bottom section of the unit with its own heating element. Connection steamers have a water line that comes in to the steamer from the building’s water source. Although this type of steamer needs additional maintenance, and may be trickier to clean, it handles a much greater volume.
In order to reduce clean up and additional maintenance, it is recommended that you only use filtered water with a scale inhibitor. The use of tap water will probably have an effect on food taste.
A commercial combi oven uses steam, convection, or a combination of both to quickly and efficiently cook food. Despite being relatively more expensive than traditional ovens, combi ovens can replace various restaurant equipment pieces such as warming or holding cabinets, fryers, steamers and traditional convection ovens.
To maximize space in your restaurant, combi ovens can replace other cooking equipment.
How Much Can a Combi Oven Support?
Most steamers come in sizes from 1-4 compartments. A one compartment model has the ability to produce up to 200 meals an hour. Combi ovens are most often used in high volume situations, because they can cook food so quickly and provide multiple cooking options.
Ways to Keep your Commercial Steamer Operating at Peak Performance
Use filtered water with a scale inhibitor. A scale inhibitor removes minerals from tap water. When minerals build up in the steamer, performance problems, as well as having to constantly be cleaned, would result. Various steamer models come with an alert light that indicates when a buildup needs to be cleaned. The taste of steamed food can also be affected by the minerals in unfiltered water.
Steamers should be preheated before you cook food. Most steamers take about 5 minutes or more to heat up. Food should be seasoned after it has been steamed in order to have the best taste. For best results when working with vegetables, separate frozen vegetables and use a perforated pan.
Since steamers are so much more energy efficient compared to other commercial cooking equipment, you will save much more money over time.
Reasons for anyone to buy a commercial combi oven are clear when you consider the superior cooking times and exceptional taste.