Cooking Equipment

Browse our articles on cooking equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more. 

What to Consider When Specifying Combi Ovens

When purchasing a combi oven, it’s important to distinguish between the type that uses hot air or convection and/or steam for cooking and the type that uses convection and microwave capabilities. The latter falls into a different equipment category.

Service Tips: Fryers

Properly maintained fryers can serve foodservice operators well for extended periods of time. Here are five maintenance tips foodservice operators should implement to keep their fryers in action.

Service Q&A: Smokers

John Schwindt, V.P. of operations and g.m. of Hawkins Commercial Appliance Service Co., Englewood, Colo.

Specifying Considerations for Smokers

When purchasing a smoker, foodservice operators should take into account a number of factors.

Product Knowledge Guide: Smokers

While it may vary by region, there’s no denying smoked food has become universally popular. There has been a surge in popularity in utilizing smoking as a flavor enhancer and menu expander.

Service Q&A: Charbroilers

Service Q&A: Chuck Knuth, business development manager, General Parts Group, Bloomington, Minn.

Specifying Considerations for Charbroilers

For many foodservice operators, charbroilers serve as a key piece of cooking equipment. The flavor profile and overall results this equipment provides are unlike any other cooking process. Because cooking directly over a flame needs more constant monitoring, these units tend to be more difficult to use than griddles, ranges and ovens. For this reason, choosing the appropriate charbroiler plays an important role in properly supporting the menu.

Product Knowledge Guide: Charbroilers

Charbroilers can impart a distinct flavor profile on a variety of food products including meat, fish and vegetables. This style of cooking equipment typically uses flame impingement or a scorching effect to sear in juices and keep proteins moist.

Service Tips for Steamers

While combi ovens have taken the place of steamers in some operations, they can and do play an important role in many professional kitchens. Here are some tips to keeping your steamer running well.

Product Knowledge Guide: Fryer Cleaning and Maintenance Considerations

Fryer Cleaning and Maintenance Considerations

Fryers Q&A: Justin Silverthorn

Consultant Q&A: Justin Silverthorn, principal, Advanced Foodservice Solutions, Mountville, Pa.