We’ve previously wrote about the challenges that we often face when designing a kitchen and offered ways to help you overcome those challenges. This time we decided to share a feature we absolutely love to design into kitchens, when and where possible.
Steam ovens have been used for many years by professional bakeries and restaurants due to the high quality of the foods cooked and reduced cooking time this type of oven typically yields. More and more these ovens are becoming easier to implement into residential homes.
First, let’s review how traditional ovens differ from steam ovens;
Traditional ovens use hot air that is generated by heating elements in the oven walls. A fan distributes the air evenly around the food. Steam ovens boil water from an inbuilt reservoir to create a cloud of steam within the oven chamber.This moist heating method is the reason why steam cooking offers significant benefits.
• Steam-cooked foods retain more flavor, texture and color
• Less vitamins, minerals and nutrients are lost during the heating process than with dry-heat cooking.
• The moist nature of steam heat means that the food doesn’t dry out
• Perfect for reheating food
• Brown meats in an even, more natural manner
• Cook more than one item at a time
• Defrost works so that foods appear like they were never frozen
• Healthier cooking, no additional oil or fat is needed to create moisture
• Steam ovens cook faster than traditional ovens
Not only are steam ovens beneficial for all of the reasons listed above, the advanced functions they typically feature allow you to go above and beyond the cooking capabilities of a traditional oven. Have you cooked with a steam oven? Have you designed one into a kitchen, and if so what type of feedback did you receive from your clients? Let us know in the comment section! If you want to discuss more about steam ovens, or kitchen design in general, contact us via Twitter @OwnbyDesign or by e-mail: [email protected]