The Wonders of Alto-Shaam Cook-and-Hold Ovens

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Alto-Shaam Oven 10-10ESI/S 208-240/3Although this brand name may sound like part of a magician’s act (“Alaca-Alto-Shaam!”) or a children’s book (“I do not like green eggs and ham; I do not like them, Alto-Shaam I am”) or a famous orca (“Alto-Shaamu”), the Alto-Shaam brand is actually famous for its world-class cook-and-hold ovens and holding cabinets. Alto-Shaam does not believe in the whole “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen” philosophy. In fact, its equipment prefers to take the heat and stay in the kitchen for as long as possible, making foods more delicious and restaurants more efficient.

Founder Jerry Maahs first created Alto-Shaam warming technology in the 1950s as a way to keep chicken warm while it was being delivered. What started as a stainless steel box and a thermal cable evolved into an oven that could both cook and hold food to keep it at the perfect temperature. What’s more, Maahs found that this slow-cooking and warming technique actually kept meats bigger and tenderer for the duration of the cooking process. Yes, Maahs had found a way to get more bird for his buck.

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