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Guide to Choosing Ventless Equipment

Alto-Shaam Cook and Hold OvenThe latest Cook & Hold ovens can be placed anywhere, without the need for ventilation.

Kitchen spaces are shrinking and in some operations, nonexistent. As costs continue to rise, operators now have to do more with less space, working to save money on building costs, monthly rent, labor and overhead.

With ventless foodservice equipment systems, operators can easily introduce hot food items with minimal labor and space requirements. In this guide, you’ll learn how the latest compact, ventless and waterless foodservice equipment can boost your profits and offer a greater return on investment.

What Is Ventless Cooking Equipment?

A traditional kitchen hood costs approximately $2,000 per linear foot to install and even more to operate daily. Versatile, ventless equipment solutions put money back into your pocket. All you need is a power hookup to achieve a plug-and-play food program.

Alto-Shaam offers ventless, waterless ovens that allow you to maximize your space, your way. Our multi-functional equipment can be operated outside of a traditional ventilation hood, while providing the highest food quality and consistency in the smallest spaces.

What Are the Benefits of Ventless Equipment?

Low-Temperature Applications

For low-temperature, slow-and-low cooking applications, the latest Cook & Hold ovens provide the highest food quality and consistency. Within each low-temperature oven, radiant Halo Heat® technology evenly surrounds food without the use of extremely hot elements, added humidity or fans that typically degrade food quality. Operators can utilize labor-free, overnight cooking and holding to reallocate labor and equipment where needed.

Cook & Hold Ovens can be placed anywhere, without the need for an oven hood or outside ventilation required. Its waterless design means no plumbing, drains, filtration or associated maintenance are required, further reducing installation and operating costs. These ovens cost just $1 to $2 per day to operate.

Multi-Cook Applications

Alto-Shaam Vector H Series OvenVector® H Series Multi-Cook ovens achieve unmatched food volume and variety in a ventless space.

Vector® H Series Multi-Cook ovens are ideal for operators looking to achieve unmatched volume and variety of food in a ventless space. These countertop ovens provide up to four independent cooking chambers in a single unit, allowing you to cook different food items simultaneously at the ideal temperature, fan speed and cook time control.

The secret to more food in the smallest, ventless footprint is Structured Air Technology™. This high velocity, vertical airflow allows you to achieve a number of cooking applications at the highest quality and consistency, from air frying to baking, roasting and more.

Reduce Labor and Optimize Workflows

The latest ventless cooking equipment not only solves space challenges. Both Vector Multi-Cook ovens and Cook & Hold ovens are intuitive to use and programmable with Alto-Shaam’s most advanced control yet. Saving time and reducing labor costs, managers can push and pull recipes from their ovens seamlessly using the ChefLinc™ cloud-based remote oven management system. Programmable recipes guide the cooking process for staff to ensure your food comes out the exact same way, no matter who is operating the oven. Managers can also incorporate images and categorize recipes for easy identification on the staff-level to improve efficiency and workflows. Additionally, ChefLinc provides data-driven insights that allow you to manage your menus, ovens and business from wherever you are.

Complete Commercial Cooking Equipment Systems

In addition to ventless cooking equipment, operators can also complete their food program with holding and chilling equipment solutions that are compact and waterless.

Holding Solutions

Compact holding solutions streamline labor and food production by allowing operators to cook batches of food in advance and hold for extended times at the highest quality. Alto-Shaam offers a range of hot holding equipment to support your ventless food program, including heated shelf warmers, hot food wells and heated holding cabinets.

Alto-Shaam’s range of heated display and holding solutions utilize gentle Halo Heat technology to evenly keep warm food and retain moisture and flavor. No ventilation, plumbing or drainage is required. Holding can be stacked with other pieces of equipment—further supporting a better to-go experience, while boosting impulse sales and minimizing food waste.

Chilling Solutions

Operators can significantly reduce food waste and increase revenue with rapid chilling equipment. QuickChiller™ blast chillers are designed to safely, rapidly and uniformly chill cooked food for second chance sales, further supporting a ventless food program that boosts profits. Alto-Shaam provides compact, under the counter QuickChillers are easy to install.

To learn more about introducing a ventless food program, view Alto-Shaam’s ventless foodservice equipment systems.

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