Baxter’s VersaOven™ is a new type of oven. This versatile oven combines the best features of several speciality ovens into a single replacement; saving a busy, space-challenged kitchen up to 60% of their oven square footage—combining convection heat and steam for cooking, baking and steaming. With simple touchscreen controls and programmable settings, this oven provides the versatility, performance and intuitive operation a commercial kitchen needs without the complexity of a typical combi or the arduous cleanup expected with a convection oven.
Baxter’s VersaOven™ combines the best features of a rotisserie, convection and combi oven into one space-saving category of its own. Key features include:
- Steam which allows cook speeds comparable to a combi oven. Based on observational research with key customers, the Versa increases whole chicken throughput up to 60% and the remainder of their cooked menu up to 35%, without increasing resources. The improved, patent-pending steam system, for which steam is created by cascading water over a heated thermal mass of patented cast-iron plates, increases the amount of steam within the oven cavity; rivalling the amounts generated in a combi oven or steamer without using a boiler system.
- Leveraging the foundation of a mini-rotating rack oven, the Versa utilizes convection cooking within a rotating frame, producing a more even, consistent product result than standard convection ovens without operator intervention, freeing up the operator for more productive endeavors.
- Interior rotation, combined with the large viewing window in the loading door, provides the theatrical experience of a rotisserie but with the versatility of a combined convection and steam capability. This oven will accommodate whole birds on an angled spit, standard 18” x 26” sheet pans, hotel pans, and more.
- The simple, touch-screen controls on the Versa were designed with the operator in mind—time, temperature, minutes of steam, etc – rather than complex modes and percentages commonly found on combi ovens.
- A patent-pending grease/water separation system utilizes gravity and a full port motorized ball valve to eliminate grease clogging issues associated with typical pump-based systems. The system also includes a separate drain for any water overflow from the steam system, thereby ensuring steam overflow water does not dilute the separated grease. Grease is collected in a 5-gallon container that sits in a transit caddy for easy disposal outside the kitchen.
- A patent-pending automated wash system utilizes proven dishwasher technology for dependability and water savings, recirculating water and detergent during the wash cycle and reducing water usage and cleaning time. A cleaning solution detection signal notifies the operator when the solution container is empty.