Steam ovens have become increasingly popular over the years, catching the attention of keen cooks who want to create healthy everyday meals. The innovative combination of steam and hot air makes them ideal not only for meat, fish and vegetables, but also for bread, cake and roasts. Steam ovens are the healthy alternative to conventional ovens as they allow you to cook dishes which are full of flavour, whilst also retaining the nutrients of the ingredients. They also work wonderfully at enhancing the texture of your food and preventing them from drying out. Some models also have a heating element for traditional cooking and baking. Steam cooking is also speedier than cooking in a conventional oven, particularly with larger dishes or batch cooking. They also unlock the potential of succulent sous vide dishes and let you easily reheat dishes so they taste freshly cooked.
The vast majority of steam ovens have an internal water tank that needs to be filled with water before you start cooking. Depending on the model, this is either done manually or automatically through your kitchen's plumbing system. Once the water canister is full, you're ready to start cooking. As the temperature in the oven rises, the water heats up to create steam. Steam creates moisture inside the oven, which means you don't necessarily have to use oil on your food.
With innovative German engineering with modern styling, AEG have one of the biggest selections of steam and steam assisted ovens on the market. Their ovens have been specially made to make steam cooking easier, more varied and healthier, with a strong emphasis on being more creative in the kitchen.
AEG currently offer four different steam cooking functions across their ovens - SteamBake, SteamCrisp®, SteamBoost and SteamPro. The 6000 SteamBake series is their entry level steam oven range, and the 9000 SteamPro is the most premium in the series, and also features the sous-vide function.
All of the ovens in AEG's range are designed to coordinate with other AEG appliances and also feature their other standard cooking functions and self-cleaning technologies.
6000 Series SteamBake
In addition to all your standard functions, the PlusSteam button in the SteamBake ovens adds steam at the beginning of the baking process. The steam cooking keeps the dough moist on the surface to create a golden color and tasty crust, while the heart stays soft and tender. In addition to baking crispy and tasty breads, muffins and pies - your roasted chicken, grilled spare ribs and lasagna will get equally delicious and even cooking results.
The 6000 Series SteamBake ovens are the most simple and affordable in AEG's steam oven range, which makes them ideal for people who want to experience steam cooking. They are perfect for baking bread and pastry dishes. Baking with steam keeps maintains the moisture levels and makes the bread rise better, so your loaves and buns are extra fulffy, while the crust can be baked super crispy.
AEG currently have plenty of SteamBake ovens to choose from. The BPS556020M is a popular choice - it features pyrolytic cleaning, MultiLevel cooking and a food sensor, and is finished off in an anti-fingerprint stainless steel. The BES355010M (pictured) is a multifunction oven which features Aqua Clean, a self cleaning technology that utilises steam to help remove annoying grease and residue inside the cavity. If you're after a sleek, contemporary look, the BPK556260B is available in a stunning all black finish, and comes equipped with pyrolytic cleaning, a handy food sensor, and SpeedCook cooking.
9000 Series SteamPro
The 9000 Series SteamPro pack all of AEG's steam cooking expertise into one oven, and are suitable for cooking meats, fish, vegetables, as well as being great for baking bread and pastry. They have three cooking functions - heat, steam and a combination of the two- as well as the Sous-Vide feature. Steamify® allows you to set the desired temperature and the oven will adjust the steam level automatically.
Sous-vide is seen by experts as 'pure cooking'. All the aromas, flavours and nutrients are preserved and the subtle heat cooks every dish to perfection. The secret lies not only in vacuuming the dishes in sous-vide bags - for this you can expand the SteamPro oven with a vacuum tray (optional). The preparation with steam on sous-vide position also ensures a perfect cooking time.
As well as steam cooking, the SteamPro range also feature AEG's other oven features. One of the most popular models in the range is the BSK792380B, which has a unanimous 5 star rating by customers on AEG's website. Its is available in an all-black finish and comes with a food sensor, MultiLevel cooking, Fast Heat Up and the EXCite touch display. If you like these functions but prefer a stainless steel design, the BSE998330M is a great choice. As well as steam cooking, it also has the Inclined FloodLight™ lighting and an Isofront® Plus quadruple glazed door. Both models also feature steam cleaning.
The 7000 Series SteamCrisp® and the 8000 Series SteamBoost ovens are great, middle of the range options. With SteamCrisp®, steam is added to the traditional oven heat so your food comes out succulent and tasty. The 7000 Series works best with baking and cooking meats. The 8000 Series features SteamBoost, which uses AEG's Steamify® function to automatically add the best amount of steam for your cooking. SteamBoost ovens work great for baking, meats, fish, and vegetables.