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Souping up the Restaurant Oven: Speed Cooking Cuts Prep Times by Huge Amounts

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If your first thought when you hear the phrase “speed cooking” is of a pepperoni pizza turnover as it oozes molten cheese and tomato sauce in your first microwave oven, we may be about to change your commercial kitchen forever. When it comes to ways to cook food faster, the truth is there is an array of restaurant oven options that can provide consistent, quality results. You also likely won’t be required to use a ventilation hood over most fast cooking equipment, which will save you money in kitchen construction.

Commercial Microwave Ovens Form a Foundation for Speedy Restaurant Ovens

Since they’re the entries you’re most likely to be familiar with, let’s start here. A commercial microwave oven uses a magnetron to produce microwaves, invisible radiation that causes particles in the food to flip out – literally. As they turn over and back again, they create heat that warms the food.

This type of restaurant oven is helpful for tasks like defrosting pre-cooked foods before they’re cooked using another method, melting fats and chocolate, and quickly finishing toppings like cheese. Though they can come in handy, they’re not as much-used as they are in residential settings and are even shunned in haute cuisine establishments.

Pros of the Commercial Microwave

Cons of the Commercial Microwave

Impinger Ovens Cook With Jets – And Yes, That Means Crazy-Fast Cooking

From the outside, an impinger oven looks like a conveyor oven, given that it does have a conveyor that enters the cooking chamber on one side and exits on the other, carrying the food through the heat. But, there is one major difference. While conveyor ovens heat the chamber and rely on the time the food spends there for cooking, impinger ovens use jets of hot air to surround your food in heat. That allows it to do its work 15 to 30 percent faster than a conveyor oven and certainly qualifies as speed cooking.

Pros of the Impinger Oven

Cons of the Impinger Oven

What do You Get When You Cross an Impinger Oven with a Microwave Oven? Fast Cooking.

Given the even-heating abilities of the impinger and the speed cooking of the microwave, it was only a matter of time until someone combined the two. Enter Merrychef and TurboChef, two restaurant oven models that do just that, in addition to throwing in a bit of convection for good measure.

This type of high speed oven uses a microwave oven for much of the heating, while convection systems that circulate hot air allow for tasty browning. Impingement air jets can help further speed up the process and eliminate one of the major complaints of commercial microwave ovens – that their heating can be inconsistent.

Pros of the High Speed Oven

Cons of the High Speed Oven