How do steam convection ovens work?
The Steam and Convection Oven features a 1.4 quart water tank that needs to be filled with tap water and inserted into the oven prior to use.
When the oven is turned on to Steam or Combination Mode, the water flows through a small water pipe into a reservoir located at the bottom of the oven cavity. There it is heated up via an electric element that sits below the reservoir.
After the water reaches the boiling point of 212°F it starts to generate steam in the cavity.
Steam carries latent energy that is released as soon as it encounters cooler food, so the energy from the steam is transported directly to the food. Because the density of steam is higher compared to hot air, it is also possible to cook at lower temperatures compared to normal cooking. (For example, compare sitting in a normal sauna at a temperature of 120°F to sitting in a steam sauna at 120°F – the steam sauna will feel much hotter. That physical phenomenon is used in steam cooking.)
The overall advantages of cooking with steam include:
- Better browning of meat.
- No more dried out food.
- Vegetables keep more vitamins and nutrients.
- Reheats food better than a microwave, as the food retains moisture, flavor and texture.
What kinds of food can be cooked in a steam convection oven?
A large variety of foods can be cooked in the steam convection oven. Of course this includes vegetables but it also includes roasted chicken and meats, seafood, hard-cooked egg, bread and pastries. Steam cooking retains vitamins and minerals better than traditional boiling in water.
How do I convert regular recipes for the steam convection oven?
In general, the cooking time is decreased by a quarter. For example: if it takes a chicken 1 hour to roast in a traditional oven, it will take about 45 minutes in a steam convection oven.
Also, the denser the food, the quicker it will cook. This means that denser foods like casseroles and turkeys will cook even faster.
Does the steam convection oven have any special installation considerations?
No, the steam oven is non-plumbed so it doesn’t need to be connected to any water lines.
Does the steam oven dry out food?
Foods retain their natural color when cooked with steam and do not dry out. Cooked vegetables look like they have been freshly harvested. You rarely need to stir or turn the food. This means that even delicate fish dishes retain their shape.
How does food taste when it’s cooked in a steam oven?
Steaming provides naturally flavorful food that needs hardly any salt. With steam you can cook different dishes of a menu at the same time without having any flavor transfer between the dishes.
What kind of water should I use in the steam oven?
Use only fresh tap water in the water tank or if necessary, plain, noncarbonated water purchased from the store. Do not fill the water tank with distilled water or any other liquids.
If your tap water is very hard (10 grains per gallon or higher), we recommend using softened water.
If your tap water is very chlorinated (>40 mg/L), we recommend using plain, noncarbonated, water with a low amount of chlorine purchased from the store.
Do I have to refill the water manually in the steam oven?
Yes, the water tank needs to be filled with tap water manually. The water tank is easily accessible. It can simply be pulled out and filled with cold, tap water to the “MAX” line.
For more information on the type of water that can be used, see the question and answer above.
Can regular foods (such as bread) be baked in a steam oven?
Yes. The Bosch steam oven is very versatile. You can set it to bake bread and pastries or set it to bake a 14 lb. turkey that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. It will bake any type of food you would normally use a conventional oven for.
Will the escaping steam from the steam oven damage my cabinetry?
Steam will not escape and damage cabinetry of the installation guidelines are followed correctly.
Can the steam oven be used as a regular oven?
Yes, the Bosch steam oven has several cooking modes - steam, steam and convection, and European convection. European convection has 3 heating elements and a fan that distributes the heat evenly.
Where does the water drain in a steam oven?
There is no water drainage.
Is there a Star K steam oven?
Bosch does not have a Star K steam oven.
Are the steam ovens plumbed?
The steam ovens are not plumbed. The water tank is easily accessible on the right side of the steam oven.