A combi steamer combines the functions of a hot air oven and a steam oven. This allows professional kitchens to prepare a wide variety of dishes using just one appliance. You have the option to circulate dry or humid hot air or even both simultaneously. This means you can bake, roast and grill as usual, while also enjoying the added benefits of steam.
What are the features of Maxima's professional combi steam ovens?
With Maxima's touch-controlled combi steamers of 6 X 1/1 GN and 10 X 1/1 GN, the larger version increases in height rather than width. This means that this combi steam oven will always have a width of 50cm and a depth of 89cm. Most appliances operate on three-phase current (440V), but some can be used with 230V.
The combi ovens offered in Gastronorm sizing have different models for 1/1 GN and 2/3 GN trays. There are also variations between combi steam ovens of the same capacity, such as the 5 x 2/3 GN oven and the 11 x 1/1 GN oven. These appliances are available in analogue and digital control versions. However, all other Maxima combi steam ovens are only available in a digital version, which comes with either 99 or 240 adjustable programmes.
The digital models feature an adjustable temperature range of 50 to 270⁰C or 30 to 260⁰C, while other steamers typically range between 100 and 275⁰C. With a digital combi steam oven, you can precisely set the steaming time, as these models have 10 steam levels ranging from 10 to 100%.
TIP: Consider ordering a stainless steel support frame with a tray storage rack. This will ensure the safety and security of your combi steam oven while having your dishes readily available for use. For select models, an extractor is also available as an accessory.
Where are professional combi steam ovens mostly used?
Combi steamers combine the benefits of both a traditional oven and a steam cooker to create dishes that are delicious and easy to prepare.
Restaurants and catering services
One of the main users of combi steam ovens are restaurants and catering services. These establishments often have to cook large quantities of food in a short amount of time, while still maintaining quality.
Combi steam ovens also provide an even distribution of heat and moisture for faster and more efficient cooking. They are also ideal for keeping food warm and fresh before serving, making them an essential tool in any busy kitchen.
Bakeries and patisseries
Baking requires precise temperature control and moisture levels, which is why combi steam ovens are beneficial. These ovens have a special baking function that allows for the perfect rise and texture of breads, pastries and other baked goods. The steam function also helps to create a crispy crust while keeping the inside moist and tender. This results in high-quality baked treats that will ensure repeat customers.
What are the benefits of using a combi steam oven?
Steam ovens combine three cooking methods - convection, steam and a combination of both - in a single appliance. This allows chefs to cook a wide variety of dishes with precision and consistency, making them an essential tool in any commercial kitchen.
Enhanced flavour and nutritional value
One of the main benefits of using a commercial combi steam oven is its ability to enhance the flavour and nutritional value of food. The combination of dry heat from convection cooking and moist heat from steam creates an ideal environment for cooking. This results in dishes that are more tender, juicier, and full of flavour. The steam also helps to retain the nutrients in food, making it a healthier option for customers.
Commercial combi steam ovens are designed to be energy-efficient. They use less electricity than traditional ovens due to their shorter cooking times and lower temperatures. This reduces a kitchen's carbon footprint and helps businesses save on utility costs in the long run.
Chefs have access to a wide range of cooking modes such as baking, roasting, grilling and steaming with a commercial combi steam oven. This versatility allows them to experiment with different recipes and techniques without having to invest in multiple pieces of equipment. The oven's precise temperature and humidity control also make it possible to achieve consistent results every time.
How to clean a combi steam oven
It’s important to prepare food in clean kitchen equipment. Fortunately, cleaning a combi steam oven is an easy task.
- Allow the appliance to cool completely.
- Use lukewarm water and mild detergent for the stainless steel parts and a soft cloth to wipe them.
- Only a little warm water is needed for the door glass.
- Some models have an automatic wash system, making cleaning even easier. This convenient feature can be found in the touch control models.
When you’re finished cooking, it's important to keep your dishes warm. For this, Maxima has a wide range of heating equipment. With the right appliance, you can keep any dish warm, for example, by using a
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