A Ventless Impingement Oven for Your K-12 Cafeteria

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed school lunch delivery, but even before the current state of school foodservice, delivering quality in a short period of time has always been one of the biggest challenges school nutrition directors face.

When service so often depends on student participation, it’s critical to have student buy-in on meals, and one of the easiest ways to lose them is to make them wait for long periods of time before eating. As we’ve all seen in our own local schools, students have less and less time to eat as schools become more crowded, and that means it’s critical for school cafeteria staff to be quick and efficient with foodservice delivery.

One way to increase speed of service is to utilize cooking processes that are faster without losing quality, and this is where impingement oven technology can help. Let’s consider impingement against the most traditional of ovens.

Convection ovens are often considered to be extremely important in schools, and while this is certainly true for many school nutrition directors, the convection way isn’t the only way. Impingement ovens are also an effective way to process high volumes of food while retaining quality in a cost effective way.

Let’s breakdown/discuss the differences between impingement versus traditional ovens.
Let’s consider impingement against the most traditional of ovens. In brief, impingement ovens tend to move hot air throughout the cooking chamber and around the foods being cooked. They can also focus heat directly onto the product being cooked for shorter cook times. This means quality preservation with a faster processing period.

Middleby Marshall’s WOW! Impingement Ovens are a natural fit in K-12 cafeterias.

Middlby Marshall WOW! PS638E-V-1

The Middlby Marshall WOW! PS638E-V offers 30 percent faster bake times and 30 percent energy savings in a ventless footprint. While impingement ovens are often associated with the fast pizza production, inside school cafeterias they can be used for so much more.

The Middleby Marshall WOW! can be used as an air fryer to provide healthy versions of classic, kid favorites including French fries, chicken strips, and just about any other fried food that kids love. And let us reiterate… they’re ventless!

Looking for other ventless solutions in your K-12 cafeteria? Check out the Middleby Guide to Ventless Cooking.

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Topics: K-12, Ventless