Combi Ovens

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A commercial combi oven is one of the most useful kitchen equipment you can have in the kitchen. It allows chefs to efficiently and economically cook a wide variety of foods. At Sitform, we stock a wide variety of electric and gas based combi ovens from top brands including UNOX, Giorik, Convotherm, Rational and Turbofan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a commercial combi oven?

    A combi oven also known as a combination oven is a 3-in-1 oven that allows you to cook with convection (hot air), steam and a combination of both at the same time. The convection function uses the circulation of dry heat to bake or cook food. While the steam function allows the poaching of food and the combination function is an all-in-one function that combines convection with steam.

  • How does a combi oven work?

    The combination oven uses multiple fans to distribute dry heat throughout the oven similarly to a convection oven. The oven will inject water or steam into the oven to raise the humidity as required. The use of dry heat and steam can help seal in the flavour and decrease the cooking time. Depending on the setting, combi ovens can also remove food moisture by releasing steam so that the food is cooked faster and is crispier.

  • What are the advantages of using a commercial combi oven?

    A commercial combi oven is an alternative from owing a separate steamer and convection oven. Though the upfront cost is more than buying a single oven, a combi oven is still cheaper than buying multiple ovens. The oven can be used to replace both appliances, which can help save floor space and money in the long-run.

    The combi oven is multi-functional and can be used to roast, steam, sous vide, braise, oven fry and bake. The steamer function on combi ovens allows for greater precision during the cooking phase by accurately controlling the humidity and temperature. Combi ovens also have the ability to bake and cook foods at a lower temperature, which can improve the flavour.

  • What can you cook with a commercial combi oven?

    A combi oven can bake, grill, poach, roast and steam a variety of foods including meat, fish, rice, vegetables, bread and pastries. The temperature of the oven can also be lowered to slow cook and smoke certain food groups.

  • Which combi oven is the best?

    Though all combi ovens look similar, the features can differ between brands and models. The best combi oven is the one that is the most suitable for your kitchen. There are different things that you should take into account when choosing a combi oven.

    It is important to take into consideration the cleaning method that the combi oven uses and the cleaning chemicals required. Some combi oven models have an in-built self-cleaning cycle, while others are only included as optional extras. On the side of some combi ovens are hand shower, which are designed to help fill pots and rinse debris from the oven floor. This can help make it much easier to clean your oven in-comparison to combi ovens with no hand shower. If you have restricted kitchen space, you may want to consider whether freestanding or a combi oven that requires a dedicated base is more suitable.

  • Does a combi oven need to be under a hood?

    As specific combi ovens are gas powered, and both electric and gas combi ovens create steams, they tend to require to be under a hood to comply with the standard operating procedure. Kitchens can become hazardous where grease and steam is involved. As grease evaporates during the cooking phase, it can stick to the wall and ceiling of the kitchen, and in the long-term create bad odour.

  • What is the difference between a combi oven and a convection oven?

    A commercial convection oven uses a fan and exhaust to spread dry heat across the oven to bake and cook food. The convection oven is great for baking and roasting a high volume of food quickly. By spreading dry hot air around the oven, this can prevent hot and cold spots forming around the food. While commercial combi oven blends convection and steaming into a single oven, which stops the food from shrinking or burning.

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