How Finishing Ovens Work
As the name suggests, finishing ovens give food its finishing touch by glazing, melting or browning the top layer. Heating elements installed at the top of the finishing oven direct the heat only to the top surface of the food item.
For different finishing needs, models are equipped with either an adjustable top or a movable wire shelf for the perfect concentration of heat. Power can also be adjusted to half or full power as needed.
Finishing Oven Uses
For flawless presentation, finishing ovens are the last step for many food items. Onion soup receives it melted cap of cheese, desserts acquire glazing, and meats are browned just before delivery to the restaurant patron.
- Cheese is melted
- Deserts are glazed
- Meats are browned
How Toaster Ovens Work
Toaster ovens have fast warm-up infrared heating elements at the top and bottom of the oven cavity and have one or two wire racks. Models are available with convection heat or radiant heat. With convection heat a fan continually forces the heated air to move around, promoting more even toasting. Radiant heat relies on natural air currents to heat the food.
The placement of heating elements at both the top and bottom promote even toasting on both side of the food item.
Toaster Oven Uses
Toaster ovens’ practicality extends beyond toasting slices of bread and bagels. They are quite effective for melting cheese, toasting sandwiches, warming and reheating. Usage of a toaster oven frees the kitchen’s main oven for other uses and also requires 50% less energy.
- Melting cheese
- Toasting sandwiches
- Warming and reheating