The Importance of Combi Ovens for Professional Caterers and Food Service Operators

Blog | February 14th, 2020

A combination (combi) oven uses three methods of cooking in one appliance: convection, steam, and a combination of steam and convection. Convection, or the circulation of dry heat, can be used to bake bread or roast meats. The steam function delicately poaches fish, steams rice, or cooks vegetables so they have the perfect texture. When using the combination function, both steam and convection works together to produce results that have moisture, flavour, and have minimal shrinkage. Explained below are the importance of combi ovens for professional caterers and food service operators.

Combi Ovens are Versatile

Combi ovens are a big investment, but when compared to the cost of your overall equipment package, the purchase is worth the initial price. These versatile units make smart investments for professional caterers and food service operators since they alone are able to operate many food processes. Combi ovens can be set at low temperatures to be used in place of proofers, holding cabinets, and slow cookers. Ultimately, you can use them for roasting, steaming, sous vide smoking, braising, baking, re-thermalising, and oven frying.

Combi Ovens are Cost Effective 

Combi ovens, while typically more expensive than an individual steamer or convection oven, can be bought in place of both units, thereby lowering the total cost of your equipment package while leaving as little footprint as possible.

Combi Ovens Increases Product Yield

They balance humidity, convection oven capabilities, and steam, as they combine hot air with heated steam. Air moves around the cavity, and you can introduce moisture to control food moisture levels and increase product yield.

Combi Ovens Have Accurate Controls

Since combi ovens are designed with very accurate controls, they allow foods to be cooked at the precise temperature and amount of steam operators’ desire, giving them great flexibility when preparing dishes “their way.”

Combi Ovens Ensures High-Quality Food

Combi ovens are perfect for cooking meats since the dry heat introduced into the chamber will do most of the cooking, while the moisture from available steam helps to prevent meats from drying out and shrinking. Combi cooking can, therefore, result in higher-quality meat dishes that offer more servings than those cooked with only dry heat.

Combi Ovens are Quick and Easy to Use

Combi ovens have excellent programmability features that allow you to hard load or manually input recipes and cooks modes for quick functionality and ease of use. On the line, combi ovens help maintain flavour and nutrients while simultaneously speeding up the cooking process.

Turn to A1 Cooking Equipment to learn additional facts about the benefits of installing combi ovens in commercial kitchens. We specialise in manufacturing and supplying a wide variety of refrigeration units, cooking equipment and related items for the hospitality industry.

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