Eliminate Microwaves with a Cadco VariKwik Oven

Cadco VariKwik Oven

Whether it's a neighborhood bar with the most popular late-night menu in town or a daytime cafe struggling to keep up with an early morning rush, operators are often in search of new ways to quickly cook food. Microwave ovens have long been a staple of many commercial kitchens, but this method of cooking and reheating can have a detrimental effect on the quality of some food, especially items that include bread. Fortunately, the engineers at Cadco have designed a better way to cook sandwiches, pizzas, croissants, and other popular items: the VariKwik oven, which cooks without microwaves. Learn more about how this line of high-speed countertop ovens uses tri-heat technology to quickly cook hot, crispy products customers will love.

About the VariKwik Oven

The VariKwik oven is a high-speed cooking solution capable of using three heat types during the cooking process: convection, conduction, and infrared. It has a compact countertop design with an optional stacking kit, so two of these ovens can be stacked on top of each other to maximize the available space. This line includes three models that offer different voltage and cooking area options. The VK-120 is a 120-volt model with a cooking area measuring 14 inches by 10 inches, while the VK-220 offers the same cooking area with 220-volt electrical operation. The third model, the VKIII-220, is a 22-volt model with a larger cooking area measuring 14 inches by 14 inches.

Each model includes an anodized, non-stick CrisPlate™ cooking plate, two height options for the cooking plate, and a large spatula to remove items from the cooking chamber. Other standard features include digital controls with a touchscreen display, customizable cooking programs, a maximum cooking temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and an audible alarm to indicate the end of each cooking cycle.

The VariKwik Oven's Preset Recipes

VariKwik ovens come with several preset recipes to help operators begin improving their menus and waiting times as quickly as possible. The programmed recipes explained below are designed for 120-volt models that have been preheated to 450 degrees Farehnheit. If you are using a 220-volt model, these recipes will cook 5 percent faster with a lower preheated temperature of 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Each recipe includes variations for thinner or thicker menu items, so cooks can select the optimal process for their food.

Breakfast

RecipeThin or ThickTotal TimeConvective Heat TimeConduction Heat TimeInfrared Heat Time
CroissantThin35 sec.35 sec.None35 sec.
Thick45 sec.45 sec.None45 sec.
DanishThin35 sec.35 sec.Nonelast 30 sec.
Thick45 sec.45 sec.first 15 sec.last 30 sec.
English MuffinThin20 sec.20 sec.Nonelast 20 sec.
Thick30 sec.30 sec.None30 sec.
Breakfast SandwichThin1:30 min.1:30 min.first 30 sec.last 1 min.
Thick2 min.2 min.first 45 sec.last 1:15 min.

Lunch/Dinner

RecipeThin or ThickTotal TimeConvective Heat TimeConduction Heat TimeInfrared Heat Time
Frozen PizzaThin3 min.3 min.first 1:30 min.last 1:30 min.
Thick4 min.4 min.first 2:30 min.last 1:30 min.
Open Face SandwichThin1:30 min.1:30 min.first 30 sec.last 1 min.
Thick2 min.2 min.first 1 min.last 1 min.
Pasta RethermThin3 min.3 min.first 2 min.last 1 min.
Thick3:30 min.3:30 min.first 2:30 min.last 1 min.
Fresh PizzaThin2:30 min.2:30 min.first 1 min.last 1:30 min.
Thick3:30 min.3:30 min.first 2 min.last 1:30 min.

Snacks/Bar Menu

RecipeThin or ThickTotal TimeConvective Heat TimeConduction Heat TimeInfrared Heat Time
QuesadillaThin1:30 min.1:30 min.first 30 sec.last 1 min.
Thick2 min.2 min.first 1 min.last 1 min.
Cheese MeltThin1:30 min.1:30 min.first 30 sec.last 1 min.
Thick2 min.2 min.first 1 min.last 1 min.
WingsThin3 min.3 min.first 1:30 min.last 1:30 min.
Thick4 min.4 min.first 2:30 min.last 1:30 min.
French FriesThin3 min.3 min.first 1:30 min.last 1:30 min.
Thick4 min.4 min.first 2:30 min.last 1:30 min.