A secret weapon: the convection steam oven. Ever wonder how restaurant chefs prepare multiple dishes that are all magically ready and delicious at the same time? Well, this is the answer. This appliance has European roots and was used in catering and restaurants for years. Then, about two decades ago, manufacturers harnessed this commercial cooking technology for home kitchens. You may hear them referred to as a Combi Steamer, Combi Oven, Steam Oven or Convection Steam Oven. Now, various manufacturers offer their version, but not all options are equal, so you need to do your homework.

Steam & Convection

First, make sure of the technology you are getting. A steam oven cooks food by boiling water and releasing the resulting moist heat into the oven. Steam only cooking provides great results with some foods, but not all. It’s only when you combine steam with convection cooking technology (meaning a heating element that circulates the heat via fans throughout the oven) that you find the magic. And, there’s only one manufacturer who has perfected the true combination of steam and convection cooking: Wolf.

“The Wolf Convection Steam Oven is the number one add-on to kitchen designs when homeowners visit our showrooms,” said Marco Barallon, showroom director for Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove Showroom and Test Kitchen. “I am constantly asked if I would recommend Wolf’s convection steam oven over a microwave. Absolutely, there’s no comparison. You can do everything and much more with a convection steam oven. The only thing you can’t do is heat your coffee or a cup of soup. There are many ways to heat liquids and the convection steam oven is miles ahead of microwave technology in every other way.” 

No Pots or Pans

How could you not fall in love with an appliance that allows you to turn dried pasta, tomatoes and fresh herbs into a delicious meal in less than 30 minutes without a pot or pan to clean?! Or maybe creating bakery quality crusts effortlessly is more to your taste? Done. You truly have to see the Wolf Convection Steam Oven in action to appreciate what it will do for your life.

Redesigned to Delight Even More

Wolf introduced its first convection steam oven eight years ago, wowing both designers and homeowners. It wasn’t a huge stretch for them, as they had already perfected convection ovens with dual-fan technology that ensures even cooking inside the oven and consistent results. Then, two years ago, the appliance that seemed like it could never be improved was redesigned to delight even more. Wolf introduced nine new models with enhanced features that make convection steam cooking even more extraordinary.

Versatile & Intelligent

No ovens have ever been so versatile, so intelligent. Choose the cooking mode combining steam and convection that’s ideal for your dish. Then, the oven’s unique digital technology adjusts all the details of cooking to match the food you would like to prepare. Bake bread, roast prime rib, even bring leftovers back to steamy, flavorful life.

The newer styling makes the Convection Steam Oven the perfect mate for other Wolf appliances. Stack the convection steam oven with other Wolf built-in products or install it on its own. Choose from a 24” E Series Transitional or the 30” Contemporary, Transitional or Professional styles to match various Wolf wall ovens.

Eight Cooking Modes

Beyond style, the most exciting upgrades in the Convection Steam Oven are the cooking modes. There are eight cooking modes: Steam, Reheat, Convection, Convection Humid, Convection Steam and Gourmet. For those who want to set it and forget it, you’ll find a wide array of Gourmet Modes. Use “Gourmet” to prepare any of these foods, fresh or refrigerated: Vegetables, Meat, Poultry, Potatoes, Fresh Pizza, One Dish Meals, Side Dishes, Fish, Baked Goods, Grains, Fruit, Yogurt and Desserts.

Select the food and desired doneness, and the sensor adjusts time, temperature, and humidity so no baking instructions are required. Behind those Gourmet categories, you’ll find a plethora of options to create almost any dish you can imagine with unwavering perfection and no effort.

No Plumbing Required

Another thing that distinguishes Wolf’s Convection Steam Ovens is the fact that the oven doesn’t require plumbing, meaning it can be placed anywhere in your kitchen. The water reservoir is easily accessible, reminds you when it is near empty and can be quickly filled from a nearby kitchen sink.

As the technology now has spent time in many kitchens, it’s clear that the lack of water lines into the oven is an advantage. It eliminates the cost and disruption of plumbing the oven into a specific location in the kitchen. And, after several years, some have reported problems with the water lines and connections into the oven for those brands that must be plumbed.

In a world where so many things can be difficult, the Wolf Convection Steam Oven makes life easier! Click here to browse Wolf’s Convention Steam Oven Cookbook.

Photos Courtesy of Clarke