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Combi oven as your multipurpose kitchen equipment
Combi ovens excel in roasting, baking, grilling, steaming, and more. Their versatility suits busy commercial kitchens perfectly
It is rather obvious from the name that a combi oven combines cooking methods. The versatility of combining convection, steam and humidity functionalities opens a world of possibilities and even the chance to save space by replacing other kitchen appliances.
Combi ovens can be used for a variety of cooking techniques including roasting, baking, grilling, steaming, panfrying and even sous-vide cooking. This versatility makes the combi an ideal choice for commercial kitchens. Additionally, this combination of multiple cooking functions in one piece of equipment can save you time, energy, and money on equipment costs.
Convection and combi modes
Roasting in a combi oven is a great way to cook large quantities of meat, poultry and vegetables quickly and efficiently. You can benefit from the combi oven’s humidity function to help keep the food moist during cooking and the combination of convection and steam will create the Maillard reaction needed for the browning the surface for a flavourful crust.
Using the right heat-transferring trays such as Imperial®, you can achieve similar results in a combi oven compared to cooking food in a hot pan. And the result is often a healthier product, as less oil is needed to get the same crispy texture.
By using a perforated tray or steam fry basket, the combi oven can circulate hot air around the food, helping to create a crispy texture similar to air-frying. This can be a convenient and even a healthier way to cook certain foods in a commercial kitchen setting.
While this method is traditionally done on the stovetop or in the oven, it is also possible to braise in a combi oven. By using a 60 mm Imperial® tray, the combi oven can create a flavourful and tender dish with minimal effort. The combination of dry heat and steam in the combi oven can also help to keep the meat or vegetables moist and tender during the braising process.
Using the combi oven’s steam mode helps to cook your au gratin elements evenly and keep them tender, while the convection mode at the end creates a crispy and golden-brown topping.
A combi oven makes it easy to revitalise pre-prepared food to a perfect state before serving. This time-efficient method is ideal in the combi oven as your temperature control will ensure that your product reaches a safe internal temperature, and your HACCP files will document this.
Steaming in a combi oven is equivalent to using a steamer basket over boiling water with the clear benefits of volume, product mix and humidity control. Using HybridSteam, you can cook large quantities food quickly and evenly while retaining its natural flavours and nutrients.
Utilise the steam to poach delicate foods. Combination cooking combines steam and convection modes for moist, flavourful results with minimal shrinkage.
By using the Invoq oven for sous-vide cooking you benefit from its steam function and temperature control, and you avoid the hassle of water baths. Sous-vide cooking takes place at very low temperatures, typically around 60° C. As a result, you reduce the weight loss of your product and use less energy cooking it. Plus, you will have visible food safety and consistent food quality – with the HACCP files to document it.
Baking in a combi oven can be a quick and efficient route to produce baked goods of consistent quality. The humidity control can help you create a crisp crust. The fan speed control will assist you in your baking with for instance low fan speed for gentle baking of delicate products.
A combi oven can be a useful tool for proving, as it provides a controlled environment with optimal conditions for yeast growth and dough expansion. As such, you can create consistent, perfectly risen dough every time.
Use your combi oven as a controlled environment to heat up every particle in the product disabling certain enzymes and killing harmful bacteria to reach a safe level whilst minimising the effect on the taste.
Using a combi oven for defrosting can save you time by ensuring that your food items are defrosted quickly and safely.
Having access to all of these cooking techniques in just one appliance makes the combi oven an excellent choice for commercial kitchens. This versatility is particularly useful for small kitchens where space and equipment are limited.