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How Do I Choose the Best Commercial Steamer?

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  • Written By: Kaiser Castro
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 28 July 2017
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Steaming food has become a very popular way of cooking, with the steamer being able to cook food while preserving its nutritional value. Most steamers can be used to prepare rice and vegetables, with some models with a higher wattage being able to cook meats as well. To select the best commercial steamer, there are several decisions that need to be made about options, including either a stovetop or electric steamer, the necessary size, and whether to purchase a variety of accessories.

Weighing the pros and cons of purchasing either an electric or stovetop commercial steamer is the first step to choosing the best commercial steamer. Stove top steamers tend to have less parts, allowing for ease of use by placing them over an open flame. An electric steamer tends to have more parts, but will allow for a variety of foods to be prepared, sometimes having different compartments for different foods at the same time. Prices will also be a factor when selecting a commercial steamer, as most electric steamers will usually be a bit more expensive. Most electric steamers will also not require close monitoring, with most manufacturers install automatic and/or programmable off switches on the machines.

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Regardless if you are opting for an electric or stovetop steamer, the size that you choose should be appropriate for you kitchen. Generally, the user's aesthetic preference will be the ultimate deciding factor. A larger steamer will allow you to prepare several foods simultaneously, while a smaller steamer will only be able to cook smaller amounts. In addition, most will also come in a variety of colors, designs, and finishes, so choose one that fits with the theme and decor of your kitchen.

Some other options that are available with a commercial steamer include timers and stackable parts. A timer might seem like a feature that can be easily overlooked, but it is one that will help streamline the time spent at the kitchen. Some manufacters may even have different cooking times printed on the side of the steamer for various foods, conveniently allowing you to cook with relative ease. Stackable parts will not only streamline your cooking experience, but will also save space on the kitchen counter. Metal stacks will heat up more thoroughly, and you won't have to worry about parts warping due to the heat as plastic parts can.

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