Automatic grease collection and self-cleaning systems increase safety and reduce labour
A new rotisserie oven that features an automatic grease collection system, a self-cleaning cycle, and programmable, touchscreen controls is being launched by Alto-Shaam in February.
The new ovens are designed to be very safe and easy to use, and save significant time and labour costs for deli and foodservice operators. The new aesthetic design makes them ideal for front-of-house operations, while a series of innovations enable them to consume a fifth less energy in the cooking process, and more than a third less water than competitive models in cleaning.
“Rotisseries are traditionally difficult and time consuming to clean, and the grease can be a safety hazard,” said Robert Simmelink, Alto-Shaam corporate executive chef. “With this solution, safety is not compromised, and operators no longer have to worry about spilling hot grease on their hands, arms and body. Cleaning is completed automatically, saving time and money, and allowing staff to be better employed on more value-added activities.”
Automatic grease collection
The grease collection system automatically activates during the cooking process. The system pumps grease into external collection containers for safe handling and disposal. This feature is standard with the self-cleaning rotisserie oven. By eliminating the need to lift and carry grease collection pans, foodservice operators are able to save labour and improve safety.
With a cooking capacity of 21 chickens, weighing 3-1/2 pounds each, the self-cleaning rotisserie oven increases flexibility and cooks each load faster while using 20 percent less electricity. Convection heat combined with radiant heat provides even cooking and uniform browning. A bespoke, double-pane glass door keeps heat in the oven and is cool to the touch outside the oven, thus further enhancing operator safety.
The automatic self-cleaning system utilises patent-pending water jets that cut through the toughest grease while minimising water use. The eco-friendly cleaning system uses 35 percent less water than competitive models and has no moving parts, which increases its reliability and reduces maintenance costs. Cleaning products are available in the form of tablets or hands-free liquid injection.
Touchscreen, programmable controls
Deli and foodservice operators are able to set the perfect cooking environment for an ideal finish. Alto-Shaam’s rotisserie ovens are programmable—allowing operators to create their own recipes with four cooking stages and seven browning levels for the perfect level of crispiness.
Designed for the front-of-house operations, the rotisserie oven is aesthetically stylish with a slim design that saves floor space. Exterior colour options are stainless steel or a custom colour. Door options include flat or curved glass with an illuminated interior that creates a theatre effect. Customers are able to unload and load product as needed, with reach-in and pass-through configurations available.
Customers can place the rotisserie on stands and counters or configure it with other equipment, such as its companion holding cabinet or another rotisserie oven.
“We work with our customers to determine the best solution for their needs based on industry trends, menus and packaging type,” Simmelink added. “By tailoring equipment systems to the customer, we are able to exceed their expectations.”
About Alto-Shaam, Inc.:
Alto-Shaam’s corporate headquarters, worldwide manufacturing facility, Culinary Institute and Technical Institute are based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. For more than 60 years, Alto-Shaam has been a recognized leader and innovator in the global commercial foodservice equipment industry.
With a core business in primary cooking equipment, Alto-Shaam offers an expanded product portfolio that includes award-winning Combitherm® ovens, Vector™ Multi-Cook ovens, Halo Heat® Cook & Hold ovens, Cook & Hold smoker ovens, heated holding technologies, heated display and merchandising solutions, QuickChiller™ rapid chill units, rotisserie ovens, convection ovens, and drop-in hot and cold wells. Alto-Shaam is also the industry leader in providing integrated food production systems for cook/chill, banqueting and rethermalization applications.