Having a commercial oven in a kitchen, a laboratory, a pastry shop or a gastronomy, plays a key role as for both the realization of successful dishes and the adoption of a more profitable working method that increases quality and profit. Convection, humidity and convection or combi oven: which one to choose?
The convection oven is equipped with one or more fans (that is why it is also called ventilated oven) and uses the hot air circulating inside it to cook food. Thanks to the convection movement, heat is evenly distributed in the air and therefore the cooking of food is homogeneous. A professional convection oven is suitable for baking frozen bakery, pastry products or simple products such as shortcrust pastry, which do not require special climatic conditions during the baking process.
The convection oven with humidity has the same characteristics as a ventilated oven, but with the addition of steam. In this case the elements we are going to check are: time, temperature, air speed and humidity.
The difference between a convection oven with humidity and a combi oven is that the former was created to perform very simple cooking techniques as those explained above taking advantage of the fact that it can handle the addition of steam percentages to speed up the cooking process or to expand the range of products that can be cooked. An example? If we need to bake a fresh croissant that needs precise percentages of humidity during the first part of the cooking, surely the first choice falls on a convection oven with humidity. However, these ovens are not designed to handle cooking processes with high humidity percentages such as steam cooking. A professional convection oven with humidity is suitable for bakery and pastry even fresh, however it may have some limitations while baking certain types of bread or baked goods, which require the use of a combi oven that can saturate the baking chamber with steam in just few seconds.
The combi oven is the maximum expression of a professional oven. It was created to cover all the climatic conditions necessary to complete a cooking process: from steam cooking to grilling. A professional combi oven can cook anything. And it is designed to withstand all conditions. A professional combi oven allows you to choose the percentage of humidity you want to have inside the cooking chamber. Moreover, thanks to some special technologies, UNOX intelligent combi ovens can automatically recognize the amount of food baked, the characteristics and climatic conditions in which to operate by automatically adjusting the settings, to ensure the perfect result in every condition.
Commercial ovens can be electric or gas, manual or digital. The manual oven is the one with the classic knobs. It is very intuitive and suitable for simple cooking techniques. The digital oven, on the other hand, is ideal for more advanced uses and offers the advantage of being able to program, customize and save recipes.
The UNOX commercial oven ranges
There are different types of commercial ovens, which must be chosen according to the individual needs of each chef and vary depending on the destination, the type of use to be made of them, the budget, the type of cooking to be done and the type of business in which you operate.
UNOX produces all types of commercial ovens to meet the needs of each segment of the foodservice industry:
- Convection ovens
- Convection ovens with humidity
- Combi ovens
The convection oven ranges are LINEMICRO and BAKERLUX SHOP.Pro™ GO.
The convection oven with humidity ranges include BAKERLUX SHOP.Pro™ MASTER, TOUCH & LED and LINEMISS™ and BAKERLUX™.
The top-of-the-range products are CHEFTOP MIND.Maps™ BIG, CHEFTOP MIND.Maps™ COUNTERTOP, CHEFTOP MIND.Maps™ COMPACT, CHEFLUX™ for gastronomy, and BAKERTOP MIND.Maps™ BIG, BAKERTOP MIND.Maps™ COUNTERTOP for pastry and bakery.
Why choose a self-cleaning oven?
Cleaning your oven daily can be a big effort, but it is a necessary activity to avoid malfunctions or food contamination during cooking and also to ensure the efficiency of your appliance and meet the hygiene standards of a professional kitchen. It is not always easy to understand the degree of dirt in the cooking chamber and choose the most suitable cleaning program. For this reason, UNOX created an innovative commercial self-cleaning oven. Thanks to very precise sensors, it verifies the amount of dirt accumulated and, based on this evaluation, selects the most efficient washing program in every situation avoiding waste of water and detergent. UNOX ovens are intelligent self-cleaning ovens.