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How Does A Convection Oven Differ From A Traditional Oven?

Commercial kitchens need to be sure that the food they produce and serve to their customers is prepared the best it can be, every time. When restaurants are looking to purchase cooking appliances such as a commercial microwave oven, a dishwasher or a restaurant oven, it is important to understand the specific benefits and features of each appliance in order to get the best results.

Even though some appliances may look the same, their functions can often be quite different. This is the case when comparing a convection oven and a conventional oven.

Convection Oven vs. Conventional Oven

So, how do you decide on best type of restaurant oven for your needs? Keep reading for a more detailed look at what you can expect from each type of oven. When choosing a commercial microwave oven or a larger restaurant oven, it is best to consult with an expert that can really help you narrow down which type of appliance is right for your cooking needs.

Cooking And Baking With A Conventional Oven

In conventional ovens, the heated air remains stationary and typically radiates from the bottom, which often leads to pockets of warmer and colder air while cooking. Because heat rises, the top of your food can turn brown before the item is fully cooked. However, there are some food items, such as cakes, custards, quickbreads and soufflés that do best with the traditional cooking methods of a conventional oven.

Many recipes instruct you to turn the pan around once or twice during baking to ensure all sides are consistently heated – this instruction is based on using a conventional oven. In addition, if you have more than one pan in a conventional oven, the pan closest to the heat source will end up overcooked before the other ones are done.

Cooking And Baking With A Convection Oven

With a convection oven, a fan circulates heated air throughout the appliance. Heat will surround your pans on all sides. Not only can you count on more even cooking, but the constant circulation of even heat results in up to 25 percent faster cook times – a big bonus for busy commercial kitchens. Convection ovens also produce better browning results while still keeping the interior perfectly moist.

Because convection ovens do cook differently than traditional ovens, you may have to adjust cooking temperatures or cooking times to avoid burning.

Make The Best Choice For Your Kitchen

A commercial kitchen equipped with the right tools and appliances is a much more efficient and organized kitchen that will produce better results. Celco is a leading Canada-wide distributor of commercial food service equipment and can help you find the right commercial microwave oven, convection oven or other commercial kitchen appliance to support your success. Our extensive product list means that you can count on our expert industry knowledge to provide the right solutions for your needs. Contact us to learn more about our restaurant ovens.