Steam Oven

Steam Cooking

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Cooking with steam has long been a preferred method for certain vegetables and meat selections.

Steam cooking offers many benefits including faster cooking times, but most people are looking for the health benefits including optimum retention of vitamins, nutrients, flavor, color and texture.  With steam cooking, your food can never be overcooked because food absorbs only the moisture it requires.  Food cooked in a steam oven is typically a lot healthier because you don’t need to add any oils or fats in the cooking process.

Dry Steam

Part of the idea in cooking with steam is the faster transferance of heat.  Air itself is not very good for transfering heat compared with water.   Steam allows a faster transfer of heat to the foods being cooked.  Steam at above 212 deg F (100 degrees Celsius) is called dry steam, i.e. when water is in a gas state it is completely dry which allows for roasting.

Method

Steaming works by boiling water continuously, causing it to vaporize into steam; the steam then carries heat to the nearby food, thus cooking the food.  The food is kept separate from the boiling water but has direct contact with the steam, resulting in a moist texture to the food.  This differs from double boiling, in which contact with steam is undesired.
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Steam Oven

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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.

Advantages:

Steam cooking offers many benefits including faster cooking times, but most people are looking for the health benefits including optimum retention of vitamins, nutrients, flavor, color and texture. With steam cooking, your food can never be overcooked because food absorbs only the moisture it requires.  Food cooked in a steam oven is typically a lot healthier because you don’t need to add any oils or fats in the cooking process.

Pros and cons using a steam oven
Pros of steam oven:

  • Steam oven cooks food such as rice, cous cous, vegetables and fish beautifully.
  • Marvellous for risotto.
  • Allows you to cook family size portions with ease.
  • Relatively little washing up.
  • Leaves your normal oven and hobs free for other things.
  • Cooks food in a healthy low fat way without destroying nutrients.
  • More even heat distribution so none of the hot spots associated with microwaves.
  • Can cook using metal dishes and cutlery.
  • Can warm food up without drying it out.

Cons of steam oven:

  • Wiping all the condensation out of it afterwards is a pain.
  • Not worth the effort of using unless cooking large quantities.
  • Not suitable for all foods – (but neither is a microwave)
  • Size – it takes up as much space as a big microwave and kettle put together.
  • Needs to be de-scaled regularly

 

How To Use a Steam Oven

 

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Simple operation

 

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There are 2 different designs namely;

  • Free Standing Steam Oven
  • Built-in Steam Oven

Free Standing Steam Oven

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Built-in Steam Oven

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My preference is “built-in” model, if space available.  The cabinet for its housing is NOT difficult to build.  Tempered glass panels can be used for its construction.  The glass cabinet will look amazing if with LED light embedded.

 

Computerized oven

Computerized oven can be a lazy cook’s best friend, as most foods can be cooked with its own devices when ensconced in its consistent blanket of heat.

The varieties are appetising and endless such as;

  • Creamy fish pie topped with buttery mash
  • A piping hot pie with crisp crust hiding a bubbling beef and ale filling
  • Virtuous vegetarian moussaka
  • etc.

A classic toad-in-the-hole is ludicrously easy once the oven takes over, while a lasagne would not be the same without its sojourn on the oven rack for its molten, golden-brown topping. The only requirement is to make sure you know how to set the program of the oven – fan assisted ones should be set 20C/70F lower than what the recipe suggests, while a digital thermometer could help you correctly gauge the working temperature of the oven.

Menu cooking:
The computer provides with a “Drop Down Menu” for users to select cooking program.

 

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