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Combination steamer-convection ovens, referred to as combi ovens, are chef-driven pieces of equipment. These units provide multiple functions in one piece of equipment, with the ability to smoke, roast, fry, steam and bake items.
FE&S: Describe combi ovens’ daily maintenance requirements.
AA: Combis are pretty easy to maintain, but cleaning the oven on a daily basis is important. We see a lot of lime scale buildup on interior cavities. Every day, the operator should clean and wipe out the oven’s interior with a damp cloth and mild soap solution. Racks can be pulled out and washed in the sink. The outside of the oven can be wiped down as needed. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in terms of solutions and cleaning methods.
When purchasing a combi oven, it’s important to distinguish between the type that uses hot air or convection and/or steam for cooking and the type that uses convection and microwave capabilities. The latter falls into a different equipment category.
Properly maintained fryers can serve foodservice operators well for extended periods of time. Here are five maintenance tips foodservice operators should implement to keep their fryers in action.
While it may vary by region, there’s no denying smoked food has become universally popular. There has been a surge in popularity in utilizing smoking as a flavor enhancer and menu expander.
For many foodservice operators, charbroilers serve as a key piece of cooking equipment. The flavor profile and overall results this equipment provides are unlike any other cooking process. Because cooking directly over a flame needs more constant monitoring, these units tend to be more difficult to use than griddles, ranges and ovens. For this reason, choosing the appropriate charbroiler plays an important role in properly supporting the menu.
Charbroilers can impart a distinct flavor profile on a variety of food products including meat, fish and vegetables. This style of cooking equipment typically uses flame impingement or a scorching effect to sear in juices and keep proteins moist.
While combi ovens have taken the place of steamers in some operations, they can and do play an important role in many professional kitchens. Here are some tips to keeping your steamer running well.