Will the steam oven replace the microwave?

LIN August 2016 Clay Coxby Clay Cox

Every once in a while something comes along in the ever changing appliance industry that truly makes a difference in people’s lives. The introduction of the microwave is a perfect example of that. Although the steam oven is not new to European restaurants the recent introduction of a steam oven for your home is another difference maker. Chefs and culinary enthusiasts have been using these wonderful ovens for many years and now we have the opportunity to use them in our homes.  This home product is being supplied to us by many different manufacturers but the usage is virtually the same,  no matter the brand. Although it sounds that way these  ovens are not all about steam.

These ovens are extremely versatile as they are a true European convection  oven, which we know to cook faster and better than a traditional oven. The basic steam oven feature which, among other things, is perfect for reheating food without destroying the food, as a microwave can do, and steaming vegetables to perfection. Multiple modes can combine the steam oven feature with the convection oven. These modes allow for a result matching your favorite restaurant quality foods that will make your family, guests and you very happy. A temperature probe attachment assists with perfect roasting and bread making (yes you can bake bread in this oven). Among the many options is the ability to bake, brown, roast, grill, defrost, and like I wrote above, warm leftovers.

You may still find uses for your traditional oven like that 27 pound turkey on Thanksgiving Day but I believe you will for the most part forgo that tool for the new steam oven once you have one. With the exception of heating up your coffee and popping popcorn the microwave will not have much use as well. In fact I predict the steam oven will be a permanent fixture in homes all across our great country within the next ten years. Will it eventually replace the microwave completely? I don’t know for sure but I do know you will make that decision yourself when the time comes.  Please E-mail Clay with your questions or comments at clay@kitchensbyclay.com. Enjoy your remodel

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