Commercial Steamer Overview
Steamers play a large role in many kitchens and offer a great technique for cooking that produces very nutritious and enjoyable food. Steam is a great way to cook food with many restaurants and food service establishments having adopted steamers as a primary piece of equipment in their kitchens. Steamers have soared in popularity in recent years and due to this the technology and technique has developed, providing the industry with a large variety of steamers to choose from.
There are several different types of steamers to choose from that all have their own advantages and specific toolsets for certain situations. There are three basic categories to choose from: convection steamers, pressure steamers, and pressure/pressureless steamers. In addition to this we will also discuss certain specialty steamers that we offer.
Convection steamers, or pressureless steamers, are the most popular steamer on the market. Convection steamers feature a boiler placed in the cabinet base separated from the steam compartments. Meanwhile, the steam compartments are vented and pressureless. This style of steamer is great for producing a large variety of foods that include frozen/fresh vegetables and frozen/fresh seafood, amongst others food such as rice, eggs, and pasta. In addition to this, convection steamers have sub-categories of their own.
Commercial convection countertop steamers combine two very effective forms of cooking food, convection heating and steam cooking, into one appliance. They work like a conventional commercial steamer but have the addition of a convection fan or fans in the steam chamber to circulate the air, allowing for a quicker and more even cooking of food at a lower temperature. This not only reduces labor costs but also energy costs as well; and just to make sure you can maximize your energy savings we carry both gas and electric models so you can make the choice that is most effective for you.
These commercial convection countertop steamers are particularly useful for restaurants that feature seafood or Asian cuisine and busy hotel and facility kitchens that have a high volume of customers. The rapid cooking with no chance of burning allows your kitchen to steam a large volume of food that comes out consistently well prepared, without eating up a ton of space in your kitchen. Our selection at restaurant Equipment Solutions has a wide variety of features such as six pan capacities, digital controls, boilerless models, and more, all from trusted brands such as Southbend, Blodgett Steam, Market Forge, Cleveland Range, Centaur and Vulcan.
Many establishments find the connectionless convection steamer to be most well suited to their needs. Connectionless steamers do not have a water line or drain, but rather generate steam within the piece of equipment through water that is manually loaded into the cooking compartment. This prevents technical issues and troubles that can arise from traditional convection steamers.
Cleveland Range Boilerless Countertop Steamer Unit
In addition to connectionless, we also offer boilerless convection steamers. These steamers do require water connections but remove the necessity to manually fill the steamer. A commercial floor model steamer can be a great addition to many kitchens, but not every venue has the space for a full size model, and boiler based steamers require a fair amount of energy and more labor to maintain. That’s why we here at Restaurant Equipment Solutions have assembled a collection of commercial boilerless countertop steamers! These units have no boiler typically using a reservoir of water at the bottom of the steam chamber to steam the food and condensers to collect the water again, meaning you use less water and have to refill the reservoir less often. These are great for restaurants that have seafood on the menu, establishments that serve Asian style cuisine
or a small facility or hotel kitchen. The lack of a boiler and countertop design means they are smaller and more easily fit in your kitchen, and we carry both gas and electric models so that you don’t have to worry about having the right fixture. Our selection has an array of features to best meet your needs such as digital controls, Energy Star rated models, six pan capacity, and more, all from trusted manufacturers such as Cleveland Range, Centaur, Southbend, Blodgett Steam, Vulcan, and Market Forge.
Pressure steamers are designed with large volumes in mind. Pressure steamers are large pieces of equipment (generally 36″ wide) and create higher temperatures than pressureless steamers. Because of the higher temperature pressure steamers also cook faster.
When a regular countertop steamer just can’t get the job done, that’s when it’s time for a commercial pressure countertop steamer. Like other commercial countertop steamers, these units use steam to cook the food within the chamber. In a normal environment, steam rapidly loses its heat and condenses. But a pressure steamer completely seals the cooking chamber and increases the pressure within, allowing for there to be more steam particles at a much higher temperature. The end result is that commercial pressure countertop steamers reach much higher temperatures and can cook food much, much faster than a typical restaurant steamer, and they take up only a fraction of the space.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a busy surf-n-turf restaurant on the beach, a popular fine dining spot, or a busy kitchen for hotel or facility, we have the right commercial pressure countertop steamer for your kitchen at Restaurant Equipment Solutions. We carry a wide selection of makes and models for steam cooking, whether you’re cooking up fresh Maine lobster, pork for dumplings and stir fry’s, or a heaping helping of veggies. Our units include features such as automatic controls, three pan capacity, and more, all from trusted manufacturers such as Market Forge.
Another type of steamer is the “pressure/pressureless steamer” which functions as either a pressure steamer or pressureless steamer. This piece of equipment is very versatile and good for establishments that have a broad, varied menu.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Combi Ovens — Combi Ovens are one of the newest, most popular trends in the food service industry, and with good reason. A commercial combi oven combines the properties of steam heat and convection heat to cook food more quickly while retaining essential juices and flavor. In addition, a combi oven does all this while taking up half as much space in the kitchen as it would take to purchase separate ovens. Check out our comprehensive Combi Ovens Buyer’s Guide for more info!
Some Benefits of Cooking with Steam:
- retains the food’s vitamins and nutritional value while still cooking it through
- keeps food moist
- best option for reheating already-cooked food
- quick cook times
We hope this Buyer’s Guide shed some light on why commercial steamers are a fantastic option for your restaurant kitchen! Especially if you work in a fast-casual dining experience where you may have some pre-cooked items on hand, steaming is the best way to reheat those food items while retaining the moisture and quality of the food.