Cooking Equipment

Browse our articles on cooking equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more. 

Product Knowledge Guide: Conveyor Toasters

Conveyor toasters offer a greater capacity than the pop-up style for high-volume toasting of breads, rolls, buns, English muffins, bagels, frozen waffles and other bread products. Some models also can accommodate larger-size breads, such as sub rolls, croissants and other specialty bread items. Convection conveyor toasters are more versatile, and operators can use them for sandwiches, pretzels and pizza.

Product Knowledge Guide: Combi Ovens

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.

Service Q&A: Allen Alligood, president, SAM Service Inc., Albany, Ga.

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.

What to Consider When Specifying Combi Ovens

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.

Service Tips: Fryers

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.

Service Q&A: Smokers

John Schwindt, V.P. of operations and g.m. of Hawkins Commercial Appliance Service Co., Englewood, Colo.

Specifying Considerations for Smokers

When purchasing a smoker, foodservice operators should take into account a number of factors.

Product Knowledge Guide: Smokers

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.

Service Q&A: Charbroilers

Service Q&A: Chuck Knuth, business development manager, General Parts Group, Bloomington, Minn.

Specifying Considerations for Charbroilers

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.

Product Knowledge Guide: Charbroilers

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.