Convection Steamers – 2 In 1 Cooking Equipment
Convection steamers are steam cooking equipment combining the benefits of convection and steam in a single device. Commercial steamers cook food at lower temperatures with the help of moisture. Thus, they’re perfect at retaining ingredients’ natural flavor, texture, and color, delivering healthier meals high in nutrients. However, low-temperature cooking fails to create a crispy brown crust. Convection technology comes into play at this point. Convection steamers circulate dry air and hot steam around food items, browning the crust while keeping the juicy texture.
Convection steamers cook food items at atmospheric pressure, usually 212 °F. Pressureless cooking at low temperatures allows preparing several dishes simultaneously in the same compartment without flavor transfer. Because there is no pressure, you can open the doors to stir the food, check the cooking process, or add new meals. The steam flow into the cooking compartment through convective air provides more even heat distribution and faster cook times.
When shopping for convection steamers, you need to know your volume demands and space requirements. Countertop convection steamers usually have one compartment that can hold up to 6 pans. They’re often stackable, so you can use two units in the same vertical footprint for higher output capacity. Floor models can cook larger batches. The number of compartments varies between 1 and 3, with each accommodating up to 12 full-size pans.
You can also choose the power type suitable to your needs. While gas units heat faster, they require a natural gas line or enough room for LP tanks. Electric convection steamers can be installed anywhere with an electrical outlet and water hookup. However, their boilers may not provide steam so quickly. Finally, most convection steamers are boilerless. Instead of connecting to a boiler, they feature a water pan in the base compartment with one or two built-in steam generators.
You can poach, steam, stew, reheat, or thaw products, retaining their vitamins, with convection steamers. Chef’s Deal offers different models from elite brands AccuTemp, Cleveland, Crown, Groen, and more. You may also want to see other commercial steamer types for your business needs.