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How to Determine the Best Oven to Create Fast, Customizable Menus
How to Determine the Best Oven to Create Fast, Customizable Menus
Nov 02, 2020
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The constant pull to do more with less is unrelenting. Supermarkets, restaurants and other foodservice operations must be nimble and ready to pivot at a moment’s notice to survive — and thrive — in this new economy. For this reason, choosing the right cooking equipment is all the more important and can be the difference between success and failure.

In this post, we will outline how to determine the best oven technology for your needs so you can create highly customizable menus that keep you ahead of the competition.

 
1. Seek a small footprint
Ovens don’t have to be large to be powerful. Consolidating precious kitchen square footage is a competitive advantage — especially as rent increases and the pandemic affects the labor market. These days, operators who seek small but mighty kitchen ovens are thrilled with the perks, such as easy installation and easy cleanup. This creates efficiency for your staff as they prepare a variety of fresh and speed-scratch dishes.

Not to mention, many space-savings ovens are also ventless. Ventless oven technology saves operators thousands. They also enable you to install your oven anywhere in the kitchen and produce cleaner emissions. The time saved cleaning can be invested in crafting your menu and food prep.

 
2. Look for pre-programmed recipe storage
Consistency is key to success in the foodservice industry. You maintain customer loyalty by executing their favorite dish the same way every time. Ovens that offer pre-programmed recipe storage can help you achieve this consistency as you navigate menu changes. They also help ensure uniform results, no matter who is working in the kitchen.

Look for an oven that can hold unique cook settings, whether pre-programmed or loadable via USB drive. Some ovens can hold up to 1,000 settings that are controlled via touchscreen. This means you can switch your menu with the touch of a button and without burdening your kitchen staff.

 
3. Find an oven with speed
Executing your customized menu with consistency is good, but doing so with consistency and speed is great. If your supermarket or restaurant kitchen is understaffed due to the pandemic, or if you’re having trouble keeping up with online demand and to-go orders, find an oven that can help your kitchen move faster with less effort.

Precision heat through impingement technology provides a solution. In an impingement oven, an impingement nozzle blasts hot air at food, cooking it four times faster than a conventional oven. Concentrated air on the food results in faster cook speed, without sacrificing flavor and quality. 

Other features that increase cook speed are auto load and unload — compared to a manual load oven. As your pizza is unloaded, your french fries are loaded, which increases your throughput capacity. This allows your operators to multitask without having to run to the oven for every dish.

 
4. Prioritize ovens that multitask
When you craft your menu, you choose items that will appeal to your customer, use up seasonal inventory and offer your kitchen the best bang for your buck. If your menu multitasks, your oven should, too. Combination oven technology is revolutionizing kitchens for its ability to offer dry heat (convection) and steam heat. That means it can bake bread, cook meat, steam or poach fish and veggies. Many can also rethermalize, oven fry and execute sous vide. 

Chefs love combination ovens because they can be bought in place of an individual steamer or convection oven. This saves you money and precious kitchen square footage. 

When your menu changes, your oven should keep up. Another multitasking oven is the Ovention Shuttle®, which operates as both a conveyor and closed-cavity oven. That means it can operate as a traditional conveyor and then switch to closed-cavity, which uses independent top and bottom blower speeds for each item.

Your kitchen is working hard to stay ahead of these changing times. Consider these four tips when choosing an oven to execute your diverse menu needs.

Ovention Ovens Make It Easy
Matchbox® 1718/1313
Matchbox® 1718/1313

Cook a full menu of delicious offerings without an oven hood. The Ovention Matchbox 1718/1313 takes the traditional conveyor oven to a whole new level.

Conveyor 2600/2000/1400
Conveyor 2600/2000/1400

Simple, smart and the right fit for operators looking for a high-throughput conveyor oven. The Ovention Conveyor Oven is the most technologically elegant and operator-friendly conveyor on the market today.

Shuttle® 2000/1600/1200
Shuttle® 2000/1600/1200

If you value precision and volume, Ovention has the perfect oven to fit your operation. The Shuttle sets the new standard for conveyor ovens everywhere. No other oven can operate as both a conveyor and a closed-cavity oven.

Matchbox® M360 14/12
Matchbox® M360 14/12

Cook a full menu better, faster, and easier. The Ovention Matchbox M360 has Precision Impingement® technology, a unique cooking carousel, and a small footprint, making it the perfect fit for any operation.

Finishing F1400
Finishing F1400

Finish your plates with ease and precision with this robust IR finishing conveyor. Melt, sear, toast, and finish to perfection with this operator-friendly, quiet conveyor.

MiLO® Double/Single
MiLO® Double/Single

Revolutionary infusion of Decoupled Air and Infrared (IR) technologies. Independently controlled top and bottom cavities, each with its own interior light and control panel.

MiSA®‑a12
MiSA®‑a12

Introducing MiSA; Microwave Speed Assist. Higher quality, higher speed, smaller footprint.

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