In the health conscious environment of today, many people are choosing to cook with steam ovens. Steam has been used for many different tasks since the first steam engines were invented and it can be brought into the kitchen with great results.
According to Shape Magazine, steaming is one of the healthiest ways of cooking as it eliminates the need for fats and seals in the flavor, and when this method is combined with the benefits of a convection oven the results can be amazing.
How steam ovens work
There is a reservoir in the steam oven that has to be filled with water before cooking. Some fill automatically and others have to be filled by hand. The heat of the oven converts the water into steam. Food that is steamed usually retains more minerals and vitamins than food that is boiled. A combination of steam and convection ovens work by combining the moisture retaining properties of steaming with the benefits of convection cooking. Convection ovens use fans to push the heat around the interior of the oven giving an even temperature throughout the cavity. Food is cooked more quickly and items such as meat can be browned due to the high temperatures that are achieved.
These new ovens use both technologies in combination. Some convection steam ovens have digital sensors which determine the amount of dry heat and steam needed and control the oven accordingly.
Benefits of steam ovens
The major benefit of steam ovens is their ability to cook healthy meals, retaining all the vitamins and minerals in the food and reducing the need for fats. For diet conscious people, this is a definite advantage. Commercial combination ovens combine the best of both worlds, allowing you to roast and brown food evenly whilst retaining the juiciness and moisture.
A wide range of combination ovens is available from suppliers such as 247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/combination-ovens.
Are steam ovens really necessary?
Strictly speaking, you can manage without a steam oven. However, although they are a relatively expensive way of cooking, the benefits far outweigh the price and once you have tried using a combination oven you will not want to return to conventional methods. A combination of steam and convection ovens are widely used in catering because of all the benefits they offer, and they are also becoming increasingly popular for use in domestic kitchens.