Commercial Ovens

  1. From Poaching and Steaming to Baking and Grilling - Here's What You Can Do with a Combi Oven

    From Poaching and Steaming to Baking and Grilling - Here's What You Can Do with a Combi Oven

    What is a Combination Oven?

    Before we dive into what it does, let's first talk about what a combination oven is and how it works.

    Combination ovens or combi ovens use both steam and convection heat to cook foods. This specialized unit combines the two powerful heating methods to create one of the most precise cooking appliances.

    With a combi oven, you can cook food more precisely by controlling both humidity and temperature in the cavity - creating juicy, high-quality dishes that are consistent with every new day, chef, or operator.

    The heart of any combi is its oven cavity where food is cooked. No matter what combi oven you use, temperature, time, and humidity are the three most important functions to get the cooking results desired.

    Combination Cooking Examples: Convection vs. Steam

    We know that combi ovens use a combination of convection and steam heat to cook foods but let us dive a little deeper.

    Cooking with Convection

    As the name implies, convection cooking does not use any moisture to aid in the cooking process. This method involves the circulation of hot air or direct contact to transfer heat.

    Cooking with Steam Heat

    Conversely, steam heat uses water in a gas state to transfer heat to food up to 6 times faster than at temperature alone. Moisture in the form of steam or humidity comes in contact with the food to deliver delicate heat throughout the cooking process. Moisture content of foods cooked using this method are typically higher than in convection style heat transfer.

    Using Both Convection and Steam is Combi

    Typically, an operator would have to choose between convection or steam cooking, but, with a combi oven, you can have the benefits of both in one piece of equipment.

    For example, if your kitchen needs to cook a batch of bread, a combi oven will circulate both the temperature and humidity to produce a product that is uniform in color and flavor on the outside and inside. Or, if you are looking to create perfectly braised beef for a new stew on the menu, a combi oven will heat the cooking chamber to the right temperature for the beef to cook thoroughly while injecting the right amount of humidity to braise the meat for the perfect melt-in-your-mouth entree.

    No matter the recipe you are looking to master, the combi oven will allow you to create foods that are not only uniform and delicious, but can also help your kitchen create a varied menu, no matter how much space you have.

    Why Combi Ovens are Perfect for Kitchens of All Sizes

    Now that we understand what is going on inside of a combi unit, let's talk about the advantages it can bring to your kitchen.

    Small Commercial Kitchens

    Small commercial kitchens can probably benefit the most from a combi oven. With limited space, combi ovens offer small spaces multiple cooking abilities without taking up precious space in the kitchen. A combi oven can take the place of both a steamer and a convection oven without compromising on the outcome of the food.

    Medium Commercial Kitchens

    For medium sized commercial kitchens, a combi oven can act as another set of hands. A combi oven often comes with many different settings. You can control everything from cooking time down to the percentage of humidity inside the cavity, so all you have to do is add your foods and go. This can help medium-size kitchens have more hands in the kitchen without necessarily having more bodies.

    Large Commercial Kitchens

    Combi ovens are compact, which isn’t necessarily something that a large commercial kitchen needs to look for, but, because of their modular composition, a large kitchen can stack units on top of each other creating a powerful cooking space.

    Give Your Kitchen the Upgrade it Deserves

    If you are ready to upgrade your kitchen with the powerful cooking technology of a combi oven, consider choosing a Vulcan combination oven. Start cooking better with a combi oven today.

    Vulcan is relentless in the pursuit of exceptional commercial appliances. Through quality cooking equipment, steadfast service and more than 150 years of expertise, they employ thoughtful innovation to meet the unique needs of each and every one of their customers. As a leader in food service equipment, their quality products serve to inspire chefs and operators to pursue their passion and meet their unique cooking needs.

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  2. A Baker's Guide To Apples

    There a hundred of delicious apple recipes to cook with. Choosing the right one is important, and can make or break your dish. Whether you want to make class apple pie, or cook a savory entree, there’s an apple for that. Learn about the popular types of apples & their best uses, & more!

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  3. Making the Transition from Food Truck to Brick and Mortar Location

    Chef Grills Bacon On a Food Truck

    Food trucks are a great, economical way to get your business started on a budget. Many brick and mortar restaurants envy food trucks their low overhead, mobility, and ability to go to customers vs waiting for customers to come to them.

    However, at some point, every food truck may consider expanding their operations to a brick and mortar store. Once you have a proven concept at hand, you can increase your profit margins drastically by adding chairs - and a liquor license! - to your operation. However - there are still important things to consider before taking the plunge:

    Location - a food truck can easily go from place to place. Some cities, such as Austin, TX, will even allow food trucks to semi-permanently park on land - thereby rendering the operation extremely cheap from a rent perspective. A restaurant is, of course, static by nature. So location is key. Even a couple miles distance in a city can be the difference between high foot traffic and almost no foot traffic. Although a solid menu and marketing plan will certainly boost your customer base - as well as the reputation you've built through your food truck business - choosing a desirable, high traffic location will certainly help.

    Finance - a new restaurant build out can easily cost a quarter of a million dollars - or more. Where is this capital coming from? Chances are, you will need a partner with deep pockets or a hefty loan in order to turn your restaurant into reality. In addition to the opening costs, it's important to consider how long you will be in operation before turning a profit. Average, six to twelve months are needed before a restaurant turns a profit (although again - see above - a good marketing plan, good location, and good reputation can drastically increase that).

    Vibe - food trucks are, almost by definition, hip and cool places. Restaurants can have many different atmospheres, and it's a great time to sit down and brand your business appropriately when your're creating your restaurant plan. Are you more upscale? Chic? Minimalist? Family oriented? Traditional? All of these are great things to consider with your architect and general contractor as you make the plunge from food truck to brick and mortar.

    Equipment - this is last on our list but perhaps the most important piece of all! Your restaurant will need: ovens, shelves, refrigerators, ice machines, pots and pans, knives, cutting boards, the list goes on and on. Chances are a good part of your food truck may be used in the new spot, but it may make sense to keep the food truck for mobile/catering operations and to sustain your existing business and start from scratch. No matter your choice - trust RestaurantSupply.com for the best possible deals from the best brands and shop with us first when outfitting your new restaurant.

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  4. Tips for a Commercial Microwave

    Tips for a Commercial Microwave

    Sometimes using a commercial microwave is very similar to using the microwave at home – just on a bigger scale. What are some of the things that you can do to get a better meal out of a commercial microwave?

    • Let your food sit on the counter for a bit. Most of the time, if you’ve tossed your food into the refrigerator or freezer, it’s rock solid. Let it warm up a bit before you put it into the microwave to heat it up.
    • Cook the food in intervals. Cooking food for too long is a common thing with commercial microwaves.
    • Put a little extra water in when reheating rice and pasta. Take a few moments to add a little moisture to it, else you’ll end up with something that’s dried out and rather yucky. We’ve gotten some great results from our pasta.
    • Leave fries out of the microwave. Honestly, leaving fries out of the microwave will make them a much better pick. If you’re wanting to reheat those, the best thing is to put them in the oven for a time.

    What are some of your favorites when it comes to using the microwave? Are the foods at your restaurant microwavable? We’d love to know.

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  5. Conveyor Oven or Impinger Oven?

    Conveyor Oven or Impinger Oven?

    What do you use to cook your favorite pizzas? Are you a conveyor oven person, or would you rather use an impinger oven? We’ll let you make the choice on that one.

    Conveyor ovens have a standard heat source. They differ from the convection ovens in that they don’t have fans to push the air toward what’s in the chamber. This is known as radiant heating.

    Impinger ovens take matters into their own hands and use fans to circulate the air and aim the hot air right at the food that’s being cooked. In this case, the impinger eliminates all cold air ‘halos’ which prevent the food from being cooked.

    As to which one of the pizza ovens will do the best in your restaurant, that remains to be seen. The ovens themselves are perfect for breads and other pastries because they go through the unit at specific times. It’s a true drag and drop sort of process.

    Impinger ovens are better suited for the high volume runs. If you’ve got a lot that you need cooked readily and accurately, then impinger ovens are the ones which will make the most dent in the mountain of work.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re interested in an impinger oven or a conveyor oven, as long as the food is properly cooked. Which do you prefer?

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  6. Do you Use a Food Delivery Service?

    Do you Use a Food Delivery Service?

    The longer that your Moffat convection oven runs, the more money that it brings into the restaurant. Have you considered offering delivery for your delicious food? There are a few restaurant delivery services out there which will be more than happy to take over those services for you.

    UberEats and AmazonPrime are offering food delivery for their customers, but at a prime price. They are asking for 30% of the check to deliver the food to hungry patrons. The charges passed on to the customer are usually $5. So, they’re in a dilemma. Do restaurants raise the price to account for the delivery services or do they eat the cost?

    The biggest issue here is convenience. To keep those Moffat convection ovens running, there needs to be people demanding that it happens. Are lunchgoers willing to pay the additional price to have the convenience of food delivered to their door? Is this something which should only be offered to a few, or should it be opened up to the crowd?

    That is what the UberEats and Amazon Prime folks are wrestling with right now. While it can be done, will the move to delivery services be cost effective, or should someone else take their place?

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  7. Bad Blood From Restaurant After Bad Review

    Bad Blood From Restaurant After Bad Review

    What happens when a restaurant treats its customers poorly? Is it slanderous when it’s telling the truth? What happens when someone’s poor review gets lambasted throughout a Facebook page? One woman is discovering the consequences of voicing her opinion about a restaurant in social media.

    Is running the commercial ovens putting you so far behind in your restaurant that you need to make people stand around to get seating? That was one of the issues that a lady and her family had. The kitchen was delayed, so this family apparently had to stand around and wait to be seated, even though there were seats already available.

    The woman posted about her outrage at having to wait for seating on the company’s Facebook page. It would have remained there, except that a blogger picked up the story and started to talk about it. From there, it started getting out of hand. What happened, though, was unexpected.

    The people started coming down on the lady who wrote the review. She was flamed in public with hate and bile, all because she was giving her opinion. She and her family are afraid of the retribution from restaurant goers – as she’s gotten hundreds of comments on the post now.

    This is definitely a dual-edged sword. On the one hand, the review was negative and it’s on the restaurant’s site. On the other hand, the person who wrote it is receiving the attention of countless anonymous people. Where do you stand?

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  8. The Moffat Turbofan Gives You Control

    The Moffat Turbofan Gives You Control

    When I was growing up, I wasn’t worried about the quality of my oven. Baking or roasting wasn’t necessarily an exact science (to me anyway), so I didn’t need to think about getting an even roast across everything within the chamber. But commercial chefs have to worry about the level of control that they have within their oven, and that’s why they choose the Moffat Turbofan.

    Tray after tray of food can get cooked in the Turbofan, something which takes the concept of convection ovens to the next level. It’s able to whip out the cakes just as easily as it’s able to take a swing at the prime rib. That versatility makes the Moffat turbofan a workhorse in restaurants across the country.

    Chefs can now tell at a glance to a digital readout where the temperature rests in their oven. It’s not simply a guessing game, it can give you that type of precision that chefs everywhere crave. Precision may not be something that the home cook craves, but the professional needs to know where they stand at all times with the oven.

    For those who are space conscious, the ovens themselves are stackable. Gone are the worries about where they’re going to be placed – place one, and you can put another one on top of it. This gives the freedom needed to take the kitchen to the next level.

    The Moffat Turbofan is one of many convection ovens which provide delight for the chefs that use them.

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  9. Pizza Hut Adds Value Menu

    Pizza Hut Adds Value Menu

    We’ve talked about the war in the QSR restaurants over pricing with their $4 menus. We haven’t touched on the $5 menus, most notably the one that you’ll find at KFC – but there’s a new player in town. Pizza Hut has entered the fray with their own $5 menu. While they don’t use one of the Nemco pizza ovens, it’s still very tasty pizza.

    Recently, the chain ran some $6.99 deals which put value into the hands of consumers. This is continuing that trend that was started from these. There were also treat boxes which included a couple of one topping pizzas, breadsticks, and a large cookie. “Value is always important in the food category, and Pizza hut has always been known for having great-tasting food, but we want to make sure we are known also for having great value. “

    They’re also making the menu easy to access for customers by offering a tab on their web site. They want to make sure that their customers are eager for the product by making it much simpler to purchase. “We want it to be incredibly simple for everyone to say ‘yes.’”

    The goal with the value priced pizzas is to make them very accessible across the board. There’s nothing which says care as much as an inexpensive pizza – and Pizza Hut wants to rise from the #4 position as one of America’s 25 best pizza chains.

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  10. Barbeque and Blues in Greenville

    Barbeque and Blues in Greenville

    If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that we believe that food is art and that expressions of creativity can happen whether you’re working with the commercial ovens or the commercial toasters. Food is love, magic, and more.

    When restaurants team up with musicians… the results can be extraordinary.

    Barbeque and blues go together so well that there should be more restaurants based on the concept. The Village of West Greenville is bringing it home with their concept of blues and barbeque. Two people who see the art in everything are teaming up together to bring it home. The business itself is really trying to capture the spirit of Greenville.

    Roots Smokehouse will open inside Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant. This represents something new in the field of restaurants, pairing these two together – a pair which seems so natural. The owner of the smokehouse gained his reputation by smoking meats, seafood, and vegetables.

    And Dr. Mac Arnold… “Working with Mac is a pleasure. He’s this legend. We’ve got a great spot and the plan is not to just be here temporarily and move on,” says the owner of Roots. We’re looking forward to seeing what their commercial ovens can churn out when they open in January.

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