Food steamers are very popular in today’s commercial kitchens and restaurants. A commercial-grade food steamer will truly be a workhorse because they are quick, efficient and generally very easy to use. They are great for cooking rice, vegetables – even shellfish! – and can serve as a much more convenient alternative to big stock pots that tend to take up a lot of extra space.
Most commercial food steamers fall into to main categories: a la carte and boilerless. Let’s take a look at the differences:
A boilerless food steamer (also known as connectionless) tends to take longer to cook items and is mostly used in food service operations where larger batches of steamed foods need to be cooked at once. They require less frequent water maintenance and de-scaling, which makes it easy to take care of.
A La Carte Steamers
A more traditional a la carte steamer will be smaller and is designed to cook food more quickly. This makes this type of food steamer ideal in restaurants that are preparing cook-to-order steamed dishes. However, they do require more frequent maintenance and will also consume more energy and water than compared to boilerless options.
The wonderful thing about commercial food steamers is that technology continues to evolve. Newer models are using less energy and requiring less cleaning, de-scaling, and maintenance. How often you need to change out the filter is one component of maintenance that you will want to research before buying a commercial steamer, in addition to how much water it will take to run to meet your food service requirements.
Commercial Food Steamers at KMC
Kohn-Megibow Company offers a large variety of commercial food steamers. We can help you find the right new steamer for your restaurant or you can find an incredible deal at KMC on used commercial food steamers that are inspected for quality and will give you the performance you need. You can buy used restaurant equipment directly from our massive Anaheim warehouse or attend one of our bi-weekly used restaurant equipment auctions to get the best possible prices on used and refurbished equipment.
For all your commercial food steamer needs, count on Kohn-Megibow. Contact us today or visit our Anaheim warehouse more information.