Full English Breakfast in less than 10 Minutes?

The Benefits of a Combi Oven – and a Full English Breakfast in less than 10 Minutes!

A combi oven can be one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in any commercial kitchen. Designed with innovative technology that allows it to perform many different functions inside the same unit, a combi oven can cook with convection, steam, or a combination of both. But what are the real benefits of combi ovens?

VERSATILITY

Because combi ovens create a cooking environment that is precisely controlled in terms of moisture and heat, they are ideal for a variety of cooking techniques. With a combi, operators can cook, roast, steam, smoke, grill, braise, bake, fry, reheating, and even grill.

YIELD

Because combi ovens can actually provide moisture instead of removing it, they allow for greater yields, especially when cooking meats and proteins. Standard convection ovens do not provide this benefit.

MAXIMIZE KITCHEN SPACE

Commercial kitchens are usually small, cramped places that don’t have any extra space. In fact, foodservice operators often have to make choices on what types of equipment they can use, thus impacting menu creation. With a combi, you can get the maximum capabilities out of that small footprint while at the same time adding menu variety.

EASE-OF-USE

With the innovative combi ovens available on the market today, operators can enjoy the ease-of-use that comes with pressing a pre-programmed button. Want to fry some eggs,  grill cheese sandwiches, bake some pastries? Just put them in the oven and press a button. The oven will do the rest.

A FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST IN <10 MINUTES – REALLY?

How to cook a full English breakfast of bacon, black pudding, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread, hash browns and of course Lincolnshire sausages in less than ten minutes demonstrated by Lincat’s Development Chef, Paul Hickman

Paul uses the Lincat Self Cooking Centre to produce an amazing full english breakfast which looks and tastes amazing!

Discover more about Lincat combi ovens and the potential of combi oven technology in your foodservice operation. Busychef can help you attend a Lincat demo at our Leeds development kitchen to discover more.

Why Choose Induction Cooking?

IH21Induction Cooking has come a long way since its creation back in the early 1900s (yep – really!) and modern implementation into North America in the 1950’s. Advancements throughout the late 20th century and early 21st century have made induction cooking a popular option for chefs across the world. Is induction cooking right for your business? Keep reading to find out!

The Techy Bit

Induction CookingWhen you use an induction range, an electric current creates alternating magnetic fields. These magnetic fields create a current that push against molecules in the cookware. The resistance from the molecules produce heat in the pan. Therefore, the pan itself creates the heat, making induction cooking one of the safest options in the foodservice industry.

Remember, when you use induction cooking you need to use pans made from a ferrous material (such as iron or stainless steel with ferrous bases) for the heating to take place. If you don’t, the process won’t work! You can soak up more techy stuff here.

Safety

Induction cooking is known for being a safe alternative to conventional cooking. With induction cooktops, there is no open flame or heated surface to catch fire or get burns. Yes, the pan and food get hot – but induction ranges only produce magnetic fields, so if there isn’t a pan on the range, no heat is produced!

Accuracy

When it comes to induction cooking, nothing is more accurate. Increased control and repeatable results are just a few of the pros with this type of cooking. Some hobs and ranges have many power settings so you can have varied degrees of accuracy every time you cook. You can adjust cooking heat instantaneously with induction ranges.

Induction cooktops heat food more evenly by turning the pans into the source of the heat. They also feature tight, precise temperature control and the capacity for very low temperature settings.

Efficiency

If you’re looking to save when it comes to your energy bills, induction cooking is the way to go. Induction is about 90% efficient rather than gas ranges at under 50%. You’ll also save some money throughout its life by eliminating a pilot light.

Induction cooktops produce less waste heat, which is useful if you’re working with expensive food that needs to be cooked carefully and kept cold beforehand. If you’re looking to easily temper chocolate, or thicken custard or hollandaise sauce, induction ranges are perfect and your kitchen will no longer require bain-maries or double boilers.

Is your traditional range making your kitchen uncomfortably hot? Induction ranges keep your kitchen much cooler, making your team much happier! Induction units are incredibly easy to install if you’re purchasing a range, or if you have a countertop range you simply plug it in and go.

They all come from Asia – Right?

Wrong! Lincat, the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial catering equipment, has added induction hobs and ranges to its professional range of over 450 products for cooking, holding and display.

Manufactured at Lincat’s purpose-built factory in Lincoln, UK the energy-efficient induction technology can help you to reduce operating costs and maintain a more comfortable kitchen temperature, while delivering a highly responsive and controllable cooking method with a range of convenient features.

Because heat is generated in the pan, instead of the hob surface, very little energy is wasted into the kitchen’s atmosphere, which makes the cooking process more efficient and reduces demand on air conditioning systems. At the same time Lincat’s new induction hobs deliver rapid heat-up and almost twice the cooking power of a similarly rated gas hob.

Other features include rotary controls with LED power level display, pan detection safety functions, easy-to-change filters and powerful internal cooling fans with overheat protection. Their impact-resistant Scott Ceran® glass ceramic surface is hard-wearing and easy to clean, particularly as the induction process keeps the surface relatively cool.

Nick McDonald, Marketing Director of Lincat Ltd, said:

“Ideal for melting chocolate, simmering stocks or rapidly boiling a large pan of pasta, our new IH21 induction hob will help businesses to reduce energy consumption, cut costs and increase safety in the kitchen. Equal to the challenges of the busiest commercial kitchen, the IH21 is also a great choice for front of house or theatre style cooking, thanks to its attractive design and sleek profile.”

For further advice on induction cooking or help in choosing the right induction cooker for your business, call the Busychef team on 0500 008075 or YCE on 0113 252 6566. Our range of induction cookers can be found by clicking on this link.

Buying Guide: Griddles and Grills

GS7-N_310_210Despite the change to colder weather the demand for lighter, healthier food is on the increase. It is good news therefore that griddles, grills and chargrills allow outlets of all sizes to meet that growing demand for lower fat options.

But it’s not just about offering grilled rather than battered or fried fish, burgers, sausages and steaks. Griddles and grills are great for crepes, flat breads and even fruit. It is even possible to stir fry directly onto the griddle plate, for example to produce Mongolian-style dishes.

Investing in a griddle or grill can therefore help you to widen your menu offering for a relatively modest outlay. And here are our tips on choosing the right equipment for your business….

General:

  • Consider your present and future requirements and always buy the size to suit this need, allowing for future expansion.
  • Always talk to your friendly foodservice dealer about your requirements; we will be able to offer impartial advice on the best griddle or grill for your particular needs.
  • Check that capacities and output quoted are like for like.  For example, is the output of burgers per hour for frozen or fresh product?  If output is quoted for steaks, what size and degree of cooking?
  • Buy one made by a reputable manufacturer to be sure of compliance with all relevant regulations and to ensure ongoing service and spare parts availability.
  • Choose equipment which is easy to clean.

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  • Griddle plates should have no gaps to allow grease to seep into the body.  Look for gully welded plates or one-piece castings. Splash guards should be integrated for the same reason.
  • Larger units should offer the flexibility and energy saving capacity of a dual heat zone. This allows just part of the griddle to be used in quieter times.
  • Major manufacturers offer a wide range of griddle plates including machined steel, ribbed, half-ribbed and chrome.  Chrome griddles radiate less heat into the atmosphere and so are more energy efficient than steel plate models.  This contributes to a more pleasant working environment.  Their attractive, easy-to-clean cooking surface is also ideal for theatre-style cooking.
  • Check the drainage channel – will it be easy to use and keep clean?

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  • Choose a chargrill with power to spare, rather than running the unit flat out to achieve the heat you need.
  • Lava rock can be messy to use. That’s why Lincat’s chargrills use innovative heat transfer profiles to achieve controlled flaring, to give chargrilled food its distinctive taste.
  • If gas is not an option or, if adequate ventilation is an issue, chargrilling is still possible with Lincat’s Silverlink 600 electric chargrill. This features a water bath to retain humidity which makes it a good choice for all kinds of meat and fish.

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  • Safety of operation should be a key issue in your choice of salamander grill. For heavy-duty models is there a branding plate lifting mechanism (like the EasiLift mechanism from Lincat)? And is this included in the price, or is it simply available as an optional extra?
  • Choose heavy duty, cast aluminium reversible branding plates.  These offer high heat retention and both sides can be used for grilling and branding.
  • For additional flexibility consider buying and adjustable salamander. The grill hood of Lincat’s AS3 adjustable salamander can be moved up or down to offer supreme cooking flexibility. Of safe, ergonomic design, with an easy-lift action and wide grab handle, it is perfect for grilling and gratination.

Busychef currently offer a large range of griddles, grills and chargrills from most major manufacturers. For griddles look here, for chargrills look here and for grills look here.

Busychef would like to thank Lincat for their help with the above

For person to person advice from a foodservice expert phone Busychef free on 0500 008075

Fancy a brew? Just push the button

EB3F-PBReady to dispense piping hot, filtered water at the push of a button, the Lincat popular EB3F water boiler is now also available with a safe, convenient push-button mechanism. Combined with striking good looks, the boiler is perfect for front-of-house and self-service operations.

FilterFlow automatic water boilers are among Lincat’s most popular products, not only for their versatility and efficiency, but also because of Lincat’s unique, built-in water filtration.

What’s the big deal about built-in filtration? Well firstly, you need to filter out impurities from tap water to create a better-tasting, “cleaner” hot drink, as well as removing any strange odours that can come from unfiltered water heated to a high temperature. Filtration also dramatically reduces the build-up of scale in the boiler, which means the unit lasts longer, works better, and can go for longer without repairs.

It’s easy to see why many caterers wouldn’t bother with filtered water, as most boilers require a separate, plumbed-in filtration unit, which needs to be professionally fitted, maintained and replaced. FilterFlow does away with all that – the low-cost cartridges are part of the boiler unit itself, and replacing one (about every six months) is as easy as changing a lightbulb.

The new push-button EB3F/PB produces up to 31 litres of premium-quality filtered water per hour. Like other FilterFlow models, the new boiler gives you precise control over the temperature of the water, while a diagnostic panels lets you know how the boiler is operating and when to change the filter.

If you’d like to know more, fetch a cup of tea and check out the busyCHEF deal on the EB3F/PB here – £423 plus VAT including delivery.

With thanks to Lincat for the detailed information – also check out www.filterflow.co.uk for more facts on the Lincat FilterFlow Automatic Boilers.

Doenload the FliterFlow brochure here and the FilterFlow Push Button brochure here.

Visit www.busychef.co.uk for the very best deals on food service equipment online.

Healthy Chips?

Busychef would like to thank Paul Hickman Development Chef at Lincat for the his contribution to our blog.

I was recently asked by a journalist whether the widespread desire to offer ‘healthy food’ by cost sector kitchens has rung the death knell for everyone’s favourite – the ultimate comfort food – the chip!

My thoughts on the subject are that whereas a few years ago commercial fryers were starting to be left out of new cost sector kitchens and refits, they’re now beginning to make a comeback.

I think that’s because there’s a greater understanding that what counts, when it comes to healthy eating, is a balanced diet. And fried foods can form part of that healthy eating programme.

It’s true too, especially in healthcare settings, that ‘a bit of what you fancy does you good’. Good nutrition is essential to recovery and, if you can tempt patients to eat with well cooked, familiar food then there are real benefits to be had at every level.

People are also beginning to adopt healthier frying methods. The traditional way to cook chips for example would be to blanch them in the fryer at the relatively low temperature of 160 deg C before chilling them down and storing them until needed. Then the chips would be fried again at a higher temperature prior to service.

Now, many chefs are choosing to steam their chips prior to frying. This allows the chips to be fried just once, in hotter oil. This reduces the quantity of oil which is absorbed by the potato and therefore produces a healthier, less fatty chip.

In order to prepare chips in this way you need to invest in a powerful fryer, which is capable of achieving the high temperature you need (180 deg C) when fully loaded.

This will seal the surface of the potato and allow the interior to be ‘steamed’. Here are one or two other ways to produce ‘healthier’ chips:

  • Serve large, fat chips rather than thin ones. This will reduce fat absorption.
  • Allow chips and other fried products to drain prior to serving – choose a fryer therefore which has sturdy, free-draining frying baskets.
  • Consider using a chip scuttle to hold fried food for a short time prior to serving. This will allow excess fat to drain away.
  • Always use good quality vegetable oil and filter frequently.
  • Make sure that your fryer is powerful enough to meet your needs. Fast heat recovery times are essential. If a fryer is unable achieve the optimum chip cooking temperature quickly, the chances are that the cooking process will be extended with the result that the chips will absorb more fat.
  • Buy a fryer which is big enough for your business. If your fryer is too small, the temptation is to overload the basket, which will result in extended cooking times and greater fat absorption.
  • Buy a well designed and constructed fryer from a reputable manufacturer. Good manufacturers will provide accurate information about optimum batch sizes, capacities, recovery times and overall performance.

In addition to concerns about health and nutrition, cost sector caterers are also worried about the rising cost of food and are aware of the need to reduce waste and minimise their impact on the environment. Extending the life of cooking oil is one of the key ways in which this can be achieved. As a result, fryers such as our Opus 700 models with built-in filtration, which are designed to extend the life of cooking oil by up to 75%, are proving popular at this time.

You can find out more about Lincat fryers by following this link: http://www.lincat.co.uk/products, and you can see the fryers in action at our Leeds test kitchen here.

Gas chargrills with no lava rock required!

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Chargrilled or barbequed food is an increasingly popular al fresco option for diners. However it’s often not quite so popular with the kitchen staff who have to clean equipment at the end of a busy session. Lava rock, which is mistakenly thought by many to give food its distinctive chargrilled flavour, is both messy and makes equipment difficult to clean. Worse still it often provides inconsistent results.

But it is the igniting of fat and flaring which gives food a barbequed or chargrilled taste rather than the lava rock itself, which gives off no aroma. That’s why Lincat have eliminated the need for lava rock from our Opus 700 and Silverlink 600 chargrills.

In its place are specially designed heat transfer radiants. These are more controllable and consistent than lava rock, yet still ignite sufficient fat for optimum flaring to give a distinctive chargrilled taste. At the same time removable branding grids provide the characteristic ‘branding’ effect. These can be removed at the end of the cooking session, together with the radiants, fat collection tray and splashguard to facilitate cleaning.

There are four gas powered Lincat chargrills to choose from. The Silverlink 600 CG4 (450mm wide) and CG6 (600mm wide) chargrills incorporate independently controlled twin cooking areas, providing economic use of energy during quieter periods. The heavy-duty Opus 700 range includes the 20 kW OG7401 (700 mm wide) and the 900mm wide OG7402, which offers a 25kW output. All four can be operated by propane or natural gas, and are ideal for barbeque applications.

With thanks to Lincat. The full Lincat range of chargrills available from the busyCHEF online showroom

 

Tired of waiting for the kettle to boil?

Boliers-group-300x173As our work days become busier and more demanding do you spend more time than you can spare waiting for the kettle to boil when you want to make a quick cup of tea? Well our new wall mounted water boilers may be just the solution you need. Lincat have extended their popular FilterFlow range to include two slim and compact wall mounted models, ideal for catering establishments, office kitchens, staff rooms and anywhere where space is at a premium.

As with all FilterFlow water boilers they incorporate the unique built-in water filtration system so piping hot filtered water is available 24 hours a day. Capable of producing up to 31 litres of hot water every hour you should never need to queue for the kettle again.

Their sleek flush wall-mounted design means there are no unsightly wall brackets and with a choice of black or white glass front fascias they will look stylish in any modern environment.

For further information visit the busyCHEF website

With thanks to Lincat