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

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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…


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For fast vegetable cooking and reheating, commercial steamers are your best option. Since steamers use water instead of oils and butter for cooking, the food being cooked will retain more of its nutrients and natural flavors. Steamers are also known for producing faster cooking times, which in turn will increase productivity in your kitchen. In order to ensure the best results from your commercial steamer, follow these cooking tips listed below.
  1. Always preheat your steamer.
  2. Wait until after steaming to break up and season frozen vegetables, never before.
  3. When steaming vegetables, always use a perforated pan.
  4. Use a solid catch pan underneath any meat that is being steamed in a perforated pan.
  5. Make sure that the drain is 6 feet away from the steamer.
It’s also important to consider whether you prefer a steamer that is a convection steamer or convectionless. The main difference between the two is that convection steamers come with a fan which allows for more even cooking. And finally, make sure to only use a new AGA commercial gas flex hose with the purchase of your new commercial steamer. These hoses are designed to be extremely heavy duty and almost always have a brass quick connect. The plumber supplied home-type flex hoses are not built for commercial applications and are not NSF approved.You can shop for commercial steamershereat

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Commercial Steamers

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Last week, we got a little bit into commercial steamers.  Well, let’s clarify that statement, since that can mean a host of different things, and we mean one thing in particular.  We’ve always been into commercial steamers, in the sense that we’ve always thought they’re magnificent machines, essential pieces of restaurant equipment for any commercial kitchen.  There are a host of wonderful commercial steamers out there, made by manufacturers of high repute.  (“Manufacturers of high repute.”  Hmm.  Sounds high-falutin’.  Nevertheless, we mean it!)

Some of these manufacturers include Vulcan (celebrated in this very space for the wonderful Vulcan ranges they produce), Cleveland (not the city!), Groen, and Panasonic.  No matter which manufacturer you ultimately choose to select, you’ll be getting a wonderful product at a great price from Short Order.

How can we be so confident in our stock?  It’s easy: If we don’t like it, we don’t sell it!  There’s a reason that the lowest rating we’ve given any product we offer is three stars on a one-to-five scale, and it’s not because we like to fluff our own egos.  It’s because we only sell products we feel like we can wholeheartedly get behind.  And we feel no hesitation in getting behind commercial steamers made by Vulcan, Cleveland,  Groen, and Panasonic.

Not looking for commercial steamers?  No sweat!  We’ve got a whole range of other restaurant equipment you can choose from.  In addition to the aforementioned Vulcan ranges, we also have Frymaster fryers, Hobart slicers, our beloved Manitowoc ice machines, Globe slicers, and Beverage-Air refrigerators.  All of these manufacturers make excellent products, ones we’re just as proud to offer as our commercial steamers.  (Of course, if you are looking for commercial steamers, we think you’ll probably understand by know that we have those too!)  And of course, all of it’s backed by our unbelievable Low Price Guarantee!

Steamer Tips!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

With New Years Eve, comes New Years Resolutions. I’m sure many of your customers are taking the healthy challenge and will be interested in steamed vegetables. Besides steaming the perfect carrot, food steamers can be a valuable addition to any kitchen!

Multiple Uses!

Steamers are quickly becoming a work horse in the kitchen for fast vegetable cooking and reheating. They retain more nutrients and natural colors and flavors while cooking with water instead of oils and butter. Steamers produce faster cook times and increased productivity.


  1. Always preheat your steamer
  2. Break up frozen vegetables and season after steaming, not before.
  3. Always steam vegetables in perforated pans.
  4. When steaming meat in perforated pan, use a solid catch pan underneath.
  5. Use a drain that is 6 ft away from the steamer.

Convection vs Convectionless

Like convection ovens, convection steamers have a fan to get more even cooking.

Steam generator vs “Boilerless”

Steam generators, or boiler models, require water and drain connections, are more difficult to delime, but are higher production. Boilerless models have a heating element directly under the bottom of the interior cavity; simply add water directly to the cavity. They are simple to clean and generally last longer, but have smaller productions capacity.

Things to look for:

Groen’s polished mirror stainless steel interior and their top quality make them a top consideration. Always size your needs carefully.

As with any gas appliance, be sure and include a new AGA commercial gas flex hose. They are designed to be extremely heavy duty, usually with a brass quick connect. Standard, plumber supplied home-type flex hoses are not designed for commercial applications and are not NSF approved.

Shipping! All of our products ship directly from the manufacturer. Once you place the order, we send the request over to them. When they ship it, we’ll email you the tracking information. These items MUST BE INSPECTED upon delivery. If there is any damage, DO NOT sign for it, just refuse shipment and we’ll get a new one right out. Most things on our site, you should have in 7-10 business days and unfortunately, we cannot offer expedited shipping.

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