US-based manufacturer Alto-Shaam is launching a rotisserie oven that features an automatic grease collection system, a self-cleaning cycle, and programmable, touchscreen controls.
The new ovens are designed to be safe and easy to use, and save time and labour costs for deli and foodservice operators. The new aesthetic design is said to make them suitable for front-of-house operations, while a series of innovations is claimed to enable them to consume a fifth less energy in the cooking process, and more than a third less water than competitive models in cleaning.
Robert Simmelink, Alto-Shaam corporate executive chef said: “Rotisseries are traditionally difficult and time consuming to clean, and the grease can be a safety hazard.
“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.”
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.
With a cooking capacity of 21 chickens, weighing 1.6kg each, the self-cleaning rotisserie oven is claimed to increase flexibility and cook each load faster while using 20% less electricity. Convection heat combined with radiant heat should provide even cooking and uniform browning. A bespoke, double-pane glass door keeps heat in the oven and is designed to be cool to the touch outside the oven.
The automatic self-cleaning system utilises patent-pending water jets that reportedly use 35% less water than competitive models and has no moving parts, which should increase its reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Cleaning products are available in the form of tablets or hands-free liquid injection.
Alto-Shaam’s rotisserie ovens are programmable – allowing operators to create their own recipes with four cooking stages and seven browning levels.
Designed for the front-of-house operations, the rotisserie oven has a slim footprint that should save 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.
Users can place the rotisserie on stands and counters or configure it with other equipment, such as its companion holding cabinet or another rotisserie oven.
Simmelink added: “We work with our customers to determine the best solution for their needs based on industry trends, menus and packaging type. By tailoring equipment systems to the customer, we are able to exceed their expectations.”
The Alto-Shaam brand is supplied to the UK through FEM.