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