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Can you afford not to have a combination steam oven in your care home kitchen?

Professional kitchens like those in a typical care home consume approximately 2.5 times more energy per square foot than any other area, so finding efficiencies is key to keeping your overall costs manageable. Here's why a combination steam oven (more commonly known as a combi oven) could be just what you need to save money on energy, food stock and headcount.

Combination Steam Oven

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A combination steam oven can streamline your processes and single-handedly deliver more from your kitchen than any other piece of kit. Aside from all the benefits to your chef and residents in terms of versatility and nutrition, combis can deliver significant cost savings. Capable of doing the job of a dozen pieces of equipment in less time, there is no need for multiple pots, pans and ovens simultaneously cooking the various elements of your menu which can drive up your utility bills.

With economical energy use as standard, a combi could see you save up 60% on your bill versus domestic equipment.

In addition to this, combi ovens also ensure you get the most out of your food stock spend – the use of moist, humid heat during the cooking process means it won’t dry out food which is particularly important when it comes to expensive but essential ingredients such as meats. This creates much less wastage, with essential vitamins and moisture retained in the food and there’s much less shrinkage meaning more servings for the same cost - providing all important savings when trying to maintain your cost per resident budget.

Traditional Oven vs Combi Oven

Food can lose up to a third of its weight through dry roasting. A combi oven can prevent this as a result of the moisture used in the cooking process.


Simplifying the processes in your kitchen can make all the difference to staff productivity. With a combi’s in-built intelligent technology, previously laborious tasks such as storing and following recipes, co-ordinating and monitoring timings across different pans and ovens, and equipment cleaning become as easy as the touch of a button. This way of working in your kitchen can ensure you only have the headcount you need, as well as helping you to avoid incurring staff further costs through staff overtime.

If you’re interested in speaking to one of our experts in care home kitchen equipment about how a combi can save you money, call us on 0800 591 903 or email info@jla.com

For more information on JLA’s range of combi ovens, download our brochure below:


Get in touch or call free on 0800 048 4186 for more information.