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…


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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