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A Steamy Option from Blodgett

By Lee Davis, CFSP


Convection Ovens have been embraced by commercial foodservice operators for decades. What’s not to like? They are faster and provide more even heating and browning that traditional ovens. Blodgett has manufactured rugged and high quality commercial ovens for over a century. They have a full line of Convection Ovens from their Economy Series BDO and SHO ovens, to their Midrange Zephaire models, and their Premium Series DFG and Mark V ovens.


What about steam? Well, although the Combi oven has been embraced for versatility in the kitchens of Europe, it’s been slow to catch on in America. Why? Some of it is lack of familiarity. Some of it is because American kitchens tend to be larger than classic European kitchens. In confined spaces, Combi ovens offer maximum versatility per square foot. In general, American Chefs just haven’t felt the squeeze that drove their European counterparts to embrace Combi technology. For those who have, Blodgett offers a full line of Combis including their Universal line, Heavy Duty line, Mini Combis and hoodless “Hoodini” Combis.


So what do you do if you want something more than a traditional Convection Oven. You’ve heard about Combis and the benefits of combining convection heat with steam, but you’re not quite ready to fully implement Combi technology yet, or perhaps you’re not ready to invest in a full Combi unit. Blodgett has a steamy option: the Hydrovection Oven. It’s much more than a Convection Oven, and at a lower price point than a full blown Combi. It adds steam to the Convection baking process with great results. Cook times are about 30% shorter. Yields are about 20% higher. Proteins are juicier, and better caramelization makes for tastier crusts.


Blodgett Hydrovection ovens feature manual controls for complete optimization of time, temperature and humidity. They also come with SmartTouch2 controls that allow for USB upload of specific recipe settings that provide maximum simplicity and consistency. Blodgett offers split door design, and solid welded angle iron frames for durability. They pack a host of other features and benefits into their Hydrovection line, resulting in a combined cooking technology option at a great price.


If your old fashioned convection oven is ready to be replaced, or you’re looking to step up to the next level in cooking and baking excellence, look at the Blodgett Hydrovection oven. It may be the option you’ve been looking for.


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