There are many types of ways professional chefs can cook or steam food.
Depending on the result you desire will depend on the type of steamer you choose.
Nice additions to any kitchen may include, but are not limited to, sandwich steamers, rice cookers, and steaming food in the microwave.
In the previous article, we discussed Pressure Steamers and Convection Steamers, both of which can add value to any kitchen.
The Pressure Steamer cooks high amounts of food deliciously and efficiently by steaming the food quickly at no more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Convection Steamer cooks food at a constant temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, without pressure, which also keeps food fresh and full of flavor.
There are a variety of other steamers to aid in the productivity of your kitchen or business. One of these steamers is a Sandwich Steamer. When ordering a sandwich, many customers desire a warm, melt in your mouth sandwich as opposed to a cold one.
But keeping up with the demand of several orders at a one time may prove to be challenging for any professional chef.
A Sandwich Steamer may prove to be a good option.
It can steam multiple sandwiches, pitas, or tortillas and reheat meats, including seafood and vegetables, without presenting the food soggy and undesirable.
Sandwich Steamers induce moisture to dry, limp, cold foods quickly and efficiently, resulting in hot and delicious food. Sandwich Steamers come in an array of sizes and specifications, depending on the requirements of your kitchen or business.
Some are free standing but may take up valuable floor space.
Others fit on the counter kitchen prep line, freeing up floor space.
This is a versatile steamer for any commercial kitchen.
Rice Cooker vs. Steamer
Another steamer for a professional chef is a Rice Cooker.
Delicious, fluffy rice can be difficult to achieve, and no customer wants dry or soggy rice.
The Rice Steamer can keep a chef from overcooking the rice or using too much water by cooking large quantities of rice evenly and keeping it warm for hours.
Not only can a Rice Cooker/Steamer cook rice, but it has the ability to cook oatmeal, grits, pasta, and couscous, which makes this steamer very resourceful.
This kind of steamer can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a variety of restaurant style businesses, such as, Chinese buffets, Sushi places, Japanese hibachi grills, and catering because of the large amounts of hot, tender rice being cooked.
This steamer may also fit on the kitchen counter, which frees up precious floor space.
The Microwave as a Commercial Steamer
The last steamer we will discuss is the microwave.
- The microwave has a variety of purposes, steaming being one of them.
- A microwave can steam vegetables in as little as 30 seconds while preserving the color and many valuable nutrients.
- Most microwaves use less energy than the stovetop, therefore, reducing the amount of heat in the kitchen.
Microwaves thaw and heat meats and vegetables quicker than other types of steamers, stoves, and ovens by heating the water in the food, which causes the food to be hot in a matter of seconds or minutes.
By setting the time and power of the microwave, the professional chef has control over the quality of the food served to the customer, consistently providing hot and delicious food.
Steamers Produce Delicious Food
As the professional chef sets up his kitchen, he/she has many types of steamers to consider that will provide a smooth and efficiently run business.
Choosing a steamer is based on the needs and specifications of your kitchen.
The goal is to provide delicious food economically and efficiently, resulting in a successful business.