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Specialty Ovens - Steam and Speed

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The technology of modern appliances is advancing at a rapid pace and every year, new products enter the market that improve on the collections of the past. When conventional ovens made way for the advent of convection cooking technology, the way we use modern ovens was changed forever. Faster and more thorough cooking functions found in convection ovens set the industry standards to a very high level. To avoid stagnation, appliance companies continued their pursuit of the next big innovation in oven technology.

Enter the highlights of this article: speed and steam ovens. Both options build on traditional oven designs but serve as a viable alternative by providing their own unique functions. In this piece, we will examine the differences and similarities between steam and speed ovens as well as explore their place in the cooking appliance world.

Steam Ovens

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Steam ovens have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their flexible applications and offer a healthier alternative to traditional ovens. To achieve these standards, steam ovens function by drawing water from a reservoir or water line which is then heated by the oven and converted to steam. Most models utilize a valve to release pressure from steam which is reminiscent of a tea kettle or steam-powered locomotive.

Steam ovens really shine when it comes to cooking fish, vegetables, or grains and is even viable for proofing/baking breads and many other applications. Additionally, steam ovens have become the go-to option for reheating leftovers as the steam allows you to restore the moisture in your dish. Steam cooking's popularity is largely due to the healthier lifestyle choices on the rise when preparing food at home. These modern ovens are renowned for their ability to retain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals through the cooking process.

Steam cooking offers a fast, efficient and healthier option when compared to traditional ovens and cooking the same dishes with oil or butter. Convection ovens offer versatility but work best when recipes call for ridding your dish of moisture. In pursuit of a happy medium, many appliance manufacturers now offer Combi-Steam ovens that utilize the technology of both steam and convection ovens.

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Speed Ovens

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Another alternative to traditional ovens and microwaves is the speed oven. Microwaves typically offer a speedy cooking process for maximum convenience but often leave a lot to be desired when it comes to results. Conventional ovens offer thorough, great-tasting dishes but aren't as viable if timing is a major factor. Speed ovens marry the convenient rapidity of microwaves and the thorough, flavor and texture retaining, cooking functions of a convection oven.

Speed ovens are usually smaller than a typical wall oven and are configured with a great number of cooking programs for any endeavor. Depending on the task at hand, you can program your speed oven to cook your dish using multiple technologies. For instance, for a roasting or baking recipe, the speed oven may use a combination of microwave and convection cooking to ensure speedy but tasty results. Alternatively, individual operation modes are still available when needed.

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Specialty ovens have clearly staked their claim in the appliance market for their unique and desirable capabilities. As a supplementary option, these ovens can help realize a well-rounded kitchen appliance layout. Steam and speed ovens can also be viewed as a viable alternative to traditional oven options depending on your kitchen design and lifestyle. Hopefully, you can find the right appliance for your needs and kitchen space! Be sure to check out all of our informative articles and buying guides at!

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