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One of the most critical components of any restaurant is the oven. No matter what kind of food you serve, the right oven can make a world of difference, both on the quality of your dishes and the efficiency of your service. 

However, there are so many options available that it can seem a little overwhelming to pick the right one. Fortunately, we know what to look for, so let this guide assist you in your decision. 

Step One: What Do You Need the Oven For?

While it may be tempting to break out the commercial oven catalog and start comparing sizes and heat ratings, the fact is that you need to have a clear idea of your needs first. What kind of food will you be cooking the most? Racks of bacon? Soft and warm dinner rolls? 

Determining how you will be using the oven will help you find the right model for your kitchen. This way, instead of looking at unnecessary features, you can focus on the components that matter. 

Step Two: Pick a Fuel Type - Gas or Electric

There are two primary ways to heat your oven - with gas or electricity. Both options can work well in commercial kitchens, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each method. Let’s break down the pros and cons. 

Gas

First of all, you need to determine whether you’ll be using propane or natural gas. The latter option is usually cheaper, and you don’t have to refill tanks. Instead, you can connect to the wall. However, if your kitchen doesn’t already have a gas hookup, it can be costly to install one.

Pros

  • Fast heating 
  • Cost-efficient (compared to electric)
  • Lower maintenance costs

Cons

  • Uneven heating (hot and cold spots)
  • Potential hazard (i.e., gas leak or fire)
  • Harder to clean (grease and burn spots)

Electric

For the most part, electric ovens are the easiest to use. Simply plug them in, and you’re ready to go. That being said, they can use a lot of electricity, so you need to be sure that your outlets can handle that level of energy flow.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Wider variety of designs 
  • Safer than gas
  • Even heat distribution
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Take longer to heat
  • Increase energy bills

Overall, knowing the difference between these two options can help you make the right decision for your kitchen. Also, keep in mind that the best solution is a mix of both gas and electric ovens. 

Step Three: Pick an Oven Type

There are many different styles of commercial ovens out there, which can make it challenging to choose. Here is a quick breakdown of each type, as well as the kind of food it’s best suited to cook. 

Steam Oven

Rather than creating a dry heat, these ovens use steam for baking. Rather than crispy and brown edges, your dishes will be soft and gooey. 

Ideal For: decadent baked goods (i.e., cookies or brownies)

Conveyor Oven

As the name suggests, food is placed on a conveyor belt and then run through the oven. Each dish is blasted with hot air from both the top and bottom, ensuring that each dish is cooked thoroughly. 

Ideal For: fast-paced cooking that doesn’t include raw or delicate ingredients (i.e., raw chicken or pastries). 

Convection Oven

Unlike a regular oven you’d find at home, a convection model uses fans to blow the hot air around the food, cooking it faster and more uniformly. Convection ovens are highly popular in commercial kitchens for these benefits. Some models can also come with steamers. 

Ideal For: baked goods and broiling. Some recipes may need to be adjusted due to the hotter temperatures. 

Deck Oven

Inside a deck oven is two heating elements (top and bottom) and a stone deck in the middle. Each component radiates heat and can be controlled separately. Some models have multiple layers so that you can cook different dishes simultaneously. 

Ideal For: Pies and quiches (anything with a crust). Breads are also well-suited for deck ovens.

Cook and Hold Oven

As the name implies, this kind of oven both cooks and holds the food once it’s ready. To do this, the oven uses low heat (like a slow cooker). Typically, these ovens have multiple racks so that you can cook a variety of dishes at once. 

Ideal For: Proofing bread dough or holding hot dishes until they are served. Not suitable for fast-paced service. 

High-Speed Oven

For restaurants with high volume sales, a high-speed oven may be the best solution. These machines combine microwave technology with convection heating to produce fast and reliable results. These ovens can also be programmed based on your needs. 

Ideal For: Fast-paced service restaurants

Contact Us Today for Your New Oven

No matter what kind of oven you need for your commercial kitchen, we have it ready for you. Come on in to see our stock and get a better sense of the oven’s performance and size. Let us help you make your kitchen run as efficiently as possible. 

For the most part, commercial restaurant equipment is built to last. You can keep fridges, ovens, and grills working all day every day without having to worry about a breakdown or costly repair. 

However, as reliable as these machines are, they do require regular care and attention. Just because they’re built to withstand the demands of your business doesn’t mean they are invincible to wear and tear. Instead, you want to make sure that you schedule routine inspections and maintenance. 

That being said, we believe that the best time of year to get your machines serviced is winter. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of annual maintenance, as well as the reason why winter is the ideal season for it to happen. 

Why Regular Maintenance is Crucial

Simply put, the demands of your business require that everything works in peak condition at all times. You can’t expect to provide excellent service to your customers if you have machines breaking down all the time. Not only that, but the appearance of old and dirty equipment can be a huge turnoff, particularly in a restaurant. 

Here are the top reasons why you need to maintain your commercial equipment consistently. 

Avoid Disruptive Repairs

If an oven or refrigerator breaks down in the middle of the day, how will you respond? What happens if the equipment shuts off overnight? You don’t want to have to scramble to find a technician, nor do you want to come into a fridge full of spoiled food. 

Save on Energy Costs

When your commercial equipment is serviced regularly, you don’t need to use as much electricity (or gas) to operate them. Instead, you can maintain lower utility bills all year long.

Maintain High Standards

Unlike other industries, restaurants live and die by their appearance and atmosphere. Not only that, but your equipment can affect how well you prepare the food. 

Broken fridges can lead to the spread of bacteria. Subpar ovens can over or undercook dishes. Dirty ice machines can leave a literal bad taste in your customer’s mouths. Don’t let your quality slide because of substandard equipment. 

Extend the Life of Your Equipment

Whether you bought your commercial machinery new or used, chances are that it was a significant investment. You don’t want to have to replace your equipment every other year or so because it breaks down, do you? Routine inspections and maintenance can ensure that each piece will be in tip-top shape for years to come. 

Why Winter Maintenance is Ideal

Now that we understand the value of routine equipment management, when is the best time of year to get serviced? We believe that winter is actually the perfect season, and here are a few reasons why. 

Less Stress on the Machinery

When the weather is colder outside, your equipment doesn’t have to work as hard. You don’t need to run the air conditioner as often, and your refrigerators will be able to maintain temperatures more efficiently. 

Because the machines are under less stress, it’s so much more efficient to service them during this season. Overall, it’s much better to do it now than to wait until the temperatures rise and start overworking the equipment. 

Less Business

When winter rolls around, people are less likely to be out and about. The best time to service your commercial machinery is when you don’t have to worry about disrupting your daily operations. It’s typically easier to find a slow day during the winter, meaning that you get the benefit of routine maintenance without disturbing your bottom line. 

Contact Us Today to Keep Your Equipment Running Smoothly

Although winter is typically the ideal time for service, the fact is that you should get your machines inspected all year long. Call us today to set up a regular schedule so that we can make sure that your equipment will be in pristine shape. 

When it comes to running your restaurant, there are tons of variables that you need to pay attention to at all times. That said, your commercial refrigerators are the backbone of your business. If you didn’t have them, how would you be able to operate? You would need to buy food every morning and toss out any leftovers by the end of the day. 

Unfortunately, while refrigerators are linchpins of any restaurant, they are largely ignored - unless there’s a problem. However, rather than waiting for a fridge to break down and leave you in a bind, you should be performing routine maintenance and management. 

So, with that in mind, here are five reasons why you need to manage your commercial refrigeration equipment. 

1 Prevent Costly Repairs

Here’s the scenario: you’re getting ready for the lunch rush when suddenly one of your refrigerators breaks down. It’s sweltering hot outside, and the heat from the kitchen will push the fridge into the danger zone in a matter of minutes. You call a repair technician, who can’t come out for a few hours. 

That scene would send chills down any restauranteur’s spine. You don’t want to be caught in that situation. Worst of all, getting same-day service can be much more expensive than having a routine inspection. Plus, whatever caused the fridge to break down will likely be costly by itself. 

Instead, maintaining a consistent management schedule will avoid scenarios like this. Overall, it’s much cheaper to fix something before it breaks than after the fact. Not only that, but you don’t have to worry about the costs of losing products (and customers) because of broken equipment.

2 Keep Food at the Right Temp

During the hottest parts of the year, your commercial refrigerators work overtime to keep food at the proper temperature. However, if the equipment isn’t operating at peak efficiency, you could put the food (and your customers) at risk. 

Routine maintenance ensures that the cooling system is working well at all times. Not only that, but you can make sure that the air circulating in the fridge isn’t contaminated. If it’s been months since you last cleaned and serviced your equipment, it’s past time to take action. 

3 Save Energy

We’ve already covered the financial benefit of managing your equipment before it breaks down, but the fact is that routine inspections can save you even more in the long run. When your fridges are working at optimum performance, you won’t need as much electricity to keep them cool. Your utility bills can stay relatively low, meaning that your profit margin will be that much higher. Even saving $50 a month can add up over time. 

4 Improve Long-Term Performance

Chances are that you don’t appreciate how hard your commercial refrigerators work. They have to stay running all day every day without a break. While these machines are built for that kind of wear and tear, you still need to manage them with a little TLC. 

By cleaning and servicing your equipment regularly, you can be sure that your fridges will last for years and years. Get the most out of your investment by keeping them in tip-top shape. 

5 Save Money on New Equipment

If you run your commercial refrigeration all day long for months on end without service, chances are that you’ll need to buy a replacement soon. However, it’s much more expensive to buy a whole new machine than it is to manage the one you have. Keeping a regular inspection schedule ensures that you don’t have to upgrade your machinery every couple of years. 

Bottom Line: Schedule Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Today

Now is the perfect time to show your fridges how much you appreciate them. Schedule an onsite visit from us today, and we can keep your equipment in pristine condition. Not only will we inspect them, but we’ll recommend service options that fit your needs and your budget.

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