Whether you're running a restaurant, a busy café, or a catering business, Maxima's microwaves provide you with efficient and reliable cooking solutions.
What are the features of Maxima's professional microwaves?
Maxima's microwaves come with a range of features that make them ideal for commercial use.
Here are some key features you can expect:
- Stainless steel outside and inside
- Transparent door without lock, easy to open and close
- Interior with lighting
- User-friendly control panel with digital timer
- Ceramic plate on the bottom for better heat distribution
- Suitable for (plastic) GN trays of 1/2 GN and smaller
What can you use a commercial microwave for?
In many professional kitchens, microwaves are only used for heating. However, it can be used for many other tasks.
For example, any foods that could be cooked by steaming, poaching or boiling can also be prepared with the microwave. This can be very convenient for restaurants and hotels which often require extra capacity during busy times.
For kitchens who don't have additional capacity on their stove, microwaves are a good backup. In addition, cooking in a microwave is a healthy choice as you don’t need to use oil and the nutrients can be better preserved.
A heavy-duty commercial microwave is also commonly used for defrosting. Small dishes, meat, fish or liquids can be thawed with the special defrost programmes. This is especially helpful for fast food restaurants or even food trucks, who typically need to defrost things quickly.
Microwaves are also ideal for keeping food warm before serving it. For example, soup is always best when served as warm as possible. A bar or cafe might find this useful for smaller menu items that aren't cooked fresh but need to be served hot.
What are the advantages of a commercial microwave?
A microwave is an essential item for any kitchen. It saves you time and helps you increase your cooking capacity. For a professional kitchen, a commercial microwave is important for the preparation of food.
Here are some of the benefits it has to offer:
- User-friendly and easy operation
- Compact - takes up little space in the kitchen
- Healthier way of cooking
- Quick preparation
- Versatile and can be used for various cooking methods
Many kinds of food businesses can benefit from microwave equipment, especially smaller businesses like food trucks that have limited space. A bakery, canteen or even gas station can use a microwave to heat up on-the-go food in an instant. Even hotels and restaurants can use them during rush hour when tasks need to be performed quickly and efficiently.
What should you consider when buying a commercial microwave?
Microwaves vary according to their size and power, so you first need to think about what you are using the microwave for. Other features include the number of preset microwaves, which will differ depending on your cooking needs.
First, estimate the capacity you may need from your microwave. If it will be used throughout the day, then a larger model is ideal as you can fit more inside. For example, in a microwave with a total capacity of 30L, an extra ceramic plate can be placed. This creates an additional second level, so you can heat two plates simultaneously. Also, look at the diameter of the plates you often use, so you know if they will fit.
The power of the microwave indicates how fast it can heat up food. This is shown in wattage. For example, you can get a 900W, 1000W or 1800W commercial microwave from Maxima. The higher the wattage, the more powerful the machine and the faster it will heat your food. If you aren't using the microwave constantly, then a lower power will be more cost-effective.
If you like to work with preset programmes, then you can also look at these before making your choice. This varies from a few to many programmes that can help you select the right cooking method. They also come with the ideal times already set, making it easy to get started.
How to clean a microwave
A professional microwave is the easiest to clean if you do it regularly as you then encounter less baked-on residue. Professional kitchens use their microwaves every day, so it needs to be cleaned daily.
First, let the appliance cool down and wipe the inside with a damp cloth. If there is any stubborn food residue on the inside, put a bowl of water (possibly with a few tablespoons of vinegar) in the microwave and let it heat up for about five minutes on the highest setting. The steam will loosen the residue, leaving you needing only a damp cloth to clean it.
Don't forget to clean the turntable and the inside of the door as well. Lastly, wiping down the outside of your commercial microwave with a damp cloth and mild detergent is important to keep it in good shape.
What can't you use a microwave for?
There are a few rules to keep in mind for the safe use of your microwave. Whether your food business is a restaurant hotel kitchen or a mobile food stand, you need to keep safety in mind.
Always make sure that the heat can escape. This applies to both the food you are heating and the cookware you place the food in. For example, eggs and fresh fruit can burst and water can become steam that causes burns.
The dishes, jars and containers you microwave the food in must be microwave-safe and never sealed with a lid. Always leave a corner open to let the heat escape.
It’s also essential to never place aluminium foil and metal objects inside, as they can spark. This includes stainless steel cutlery or stainless steel GN containers. Be aware that microwaving paper can cause a fire. Keep these points in mind when using a microwave in your professional kitchen.
Best commercial microwave
As a specialist in professional kitchen equipment, Maxima has the best commercial microwaves on offer within its wide assortment. These products offer high quality at affordable prices, so there is something to suit the budget of any food business.