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Power costs are a major financial issue for all of us. I read about the new compact combi steamer ovens that are being launched onto the market. I...

Power costs are a major financial issue for all of us. I read about the new compact combi steamer ovens that are being launched onto the market. I understand that some compact models only need a 13-amp socket, which would represent a huge cost saving, but surely this will also result in longer cooking times?

I had similar reservations when I first heard about the new compact combi steamers.

However, at a demonstration of a smaller combi oven, I was pleasantly surprised to see there was absolutely no difference in cooking times compared to the larger models.

The smaller cavity oven still holds six two-thirds size Gastronorm pans and allows food to cook just as quickly, despite the reduced power input, which represents a massive energy cost saving.

Mini combi steamers are ideal for kitchens where space is at a premium, particularly as they combine the work of a steamer, convection oven and six-burner range in one small footprint. The Mini Convotherm OES 6.06 from Enodis UK has the smallest footprint of any combi steamer on the market.

Look for an oven with a Closed System, it's perfect for steam, superheated steam, convection and regeneration. The Closed System also automatically controls moisture and heat levels, depending on the physical properties of the food, ensuring great colour, flavour and texture. A Crisp & Tasty feature found on some ovens ensures juicier, crispy products and there's no cool phase, so the oven is ready to use again straight away.

Seeing is believing, so I would urge you to watch the compact combi steamer oven in action - I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I was, and so will your accountant.

For more information contact Keith Russell, Enodis UK Food Service Group or log on to www.enodisuk.com

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