Steam ovens have been around since the 1970’s and while they are still a relatively new way of cooking for many people, they are one of the fastest growing trends in today’s kitchen due to their versatility and the healthier, full flavour results they produce.
Unlike traditional ovens which use hot air to cook food, a steam oven uses evaporation. This simple process utilizes water to create a cloud of steam that is released into the oven, keeping food moist and tender.
While many people are familiar with this process for cooking vegetables, it’s also an ideal cooking method for meats, poultry, fish and even deserts. “With steam cooking the food is sealed instantly to retain all of its juices and nutrients”, explained Kathrin Pfeifer, Product Manager for Cooking Products at Miele. “ This gentle method of cooking preserves the structure of the cells and color of the food, for most flavorful and healthy results every time.”
For those looking for a healthier cooking alternative, steam ovens are an ideal solution. Not only do foods retain nearly all of their nutrients during the cooking process, but steam cooking also reduces the need for extra fats like butter or oil. “For those living with restricted diets, steam ovens offer a healthy solution without sacrificing flavor,” said Pfeifer. “Steam ovens help food to retain its natural flavor, eliminating the need for added salt.”
But, steam ovens aren’t just for savory dishes. They are also ideal for deserts including, custards, soufflés or bread pudding. The lack of intense direct heat combined with a quick cooking time keeps delicate desserts light, airy and delicious.
Miele’s steam oven comes with automatic temperature settings, electronic temperature control, an easy-to-clean stainless steel cavity and many other features. Go to www.mieleusa.com to learn more about Miele’s line of steam ovens and the benefits of steam cooking.