Buying Guide Combination Steamers
Combi-steamers are extremely versatile pieces of equipment, combining several cooking functions in one unit. Almost everything, from roasting, baking, grilling, braising, poaching and steaming can be achieved. Using heat – either still or fan-driven – and steam, which is injected into the oven as and when the food being cooked needs it, excellent results can be produced time after time.
The ‘combination’ of steam and hot-air not only speeds up cooking times, but results in intensified flavours, retention of a food’s texture, colour and natural vitamins/minerals and nutritional values. Fat content is also reduced when using a combi-steamer making it an extremely healthy way of cooking foods. The combi’s flexibility also allows for different foods to be cooked together without the cross tainting of flavours.
Most models are generally very easy to operate once full training has been given and sophisticated results can be obtained within both skilled and non-skilled operations. Manual, pre-programmable or almost completely automatic options are available. Programmable models aid efficiency and ensure consistency in the quality of food offering – often handling the more mundane cooking tasks, giving a chef more time for creativity. Completely automatic means that types of foods are simply selected and the appliance does the rest!
**Tips for buying a combi-oven or combi-steamer**
Which combi-steamer is right for you?
Be clear on your intended use and find out about the latest feature, technical considerations and operational functions. Combi-ovens come in a range of sizes and there is a range to suit the smaller independent caterer as well as the higher volume outlets. We can help specify the right oven for you, the size needed is calculated by the amounts and types of food to be cooked.Build Quality and reliability
Your combi is a sophisticated piece of equipment. Choose a leading brand with an established reputation for good quality and reliability, backed by a full manufacturers’ warranty, often up to 2 years. In some establishments the combi-oven is used instead of a convection oven, therefore performance and reliability is key. Regular servicing is essential – preventative maintenance is far better than an expensive cure and costly downtime.What operational features should you look for?
High quality stainless steel inside and out; easy control functions; rapid pre-heat function to enable fast heat recovery; extent and ease of programmability; self-diagnostic facility to alert of any operational problems; food core temperature probe; automatic humidity control monitors; automatic or self cleaning facility; excess cooking grease reservoirs and where space is at a premium, the option to stack one oven on top of another.Installation requirements
A water and energy supply is required. Combi-ovens are available for electric, mains gas and LPG supply.Ask for a demonstration!
Most leading brands we supply will provide a no obligation demonstration prior to purchase. We can also offer live demonstrations in our Development Kitchen, where you can experience the benefits first hand. Rational Self Cooking Centre® Live Cooking Seminars are available free of charge on a monthly basis.