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. 

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Tilting Skillets

Tilting skillets work much like stoves, with either gas orifices or heating elements that cover the entire underside of the pan. This allows operators to cook at set and consistent temperatures using precise controls.

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Deck Ovens for Pizza Restaurants

In pizza operations, deck ovens provide results similar to wood-fired ovens when creating traditional thin crust pies. After about an hour of preheating, these units’ decks, where staff place the pizzas to cook, can maintain temperatures as high as 700 degrees F using either gas or electricity. Deck ovens generally cook pizzas in approximately five minutes.

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Restaurant Ranges

Ranges are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a commercial kitchen. They can be used for almost any cooking task. While cooking, stir-frying, grilling, sauteing, searing, boiling and broiling can be accomplished on the range top, the oven can be used for baking, roasting, warming, broiling, storage, and, if refrigerated or freezer drawers are included, cooling and freezing.

Considerations When Purchasing a Restaurant Range

In most foodservice facilities, a range remains one of the more basic and versatile pieces of equipment that an operator can use. In fact, in smaller facilities, a range may be the only piece of equipment on a cook line, depending on space restrictions or budget limitations.

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Conveyor Ovens

When the pizza industry was new, traditional deck ovens were the standard. However, during busy periods, these ovens weren’t keeping up with the demand as cooking times could take from 16 to 18 minutes per pie. With the advent of national delivery-based chains came the creation of conveyor ovens, which facilitate faster production.

Cleaning & Maintaining Conveyor Ovens

Conveyor ovens are designed to be as maintenance-free as possible, but operators can take a few simple steps to help extend the service life of this cooking equipment. To remove leftover food debris, these ovens need daily cleaning. If the units are not properly maintained, operating costs will increase.