Buying a Commercial Steamer for Your Restaurant? Read These FAQs First

Panasonic Commercial Steamer NE-3280 230-240v/1-phAs any restaurant operator knows, the focus on healthy menus is increasing more and more. At the same time, restaurants are expected to maintain a fast production level while serving high-quality dishes. As a result, many restaurants have turned to commercial steamers to provide quick, delicious foods that retain more nutrients and freshness.

If your restaurant is considering adding a commercial restaurant steamer to its kitchen, or else replacing a worn-out steamer, read on for our buyer’s guide to commercial steamers.

Why choose steam cooking over other methods?

There are a lot of reasons steam cooking is more beneficial than baking, frying, or boiling. Cooking with commercial steamers…

• Saves energy.
• Is faster than many other cooking methods.
• Allows food to retain more nutrients.
• Avoids a need for oil or butter, and therefore additional added fats.
• Makes foods tenderer due to retained moisture.

What is the difference between steam generator models and boilerless models?

Steam generator model steamers (also called “boiler models”) are built with a heating element directly under the cavity, so all you have to do is add water to the steamer cavity. Though they are harder to de-lime, they have a higher production capacity. Boilerless steamers, on the other hand, are simpler to clean and de-lime, and have a longer life. However, their production capacity is lower, so if your kitchen anticipates heavy steamer use, consider a steam generator model.

What kinds of energy options do commercial steamers have?

When buying commercial steamers, you can choose from natural gas, propane, 208/3, 208/1, 240/1.

What are the top commercial steamer brands?

Among the best commercial steamer manufacturers are Cleveland steamers, Groen steamers, Panasonic steamers, and Vulcan steamers.


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