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The Benefits of Batch Cooking in CVap®

What is Batch Cooking?

Batch cooking, also known as cooking to hold, involves preparing large quantities of food and then holding it hot at a safe temperature until serving. The advantage of batch cooking is that it streamlines labor. Let’s say that you’re preparing lasagna from scratch. If you have all the ingredients mise en place, it will only take a little longer to prepare several lasagnas than it takes to prepare one. Seizing the opportunity to optimize productivity makes batch cooking ideal for schools and other operations that need to serve lots of people in a brief period. Let’s look at what makes this such a simple but powerful process.

The Benefits of Batch Cooking in CVap

Consistent Food Quality

CVap ovens are the undisputed champs at precisely controlling food temperature and texture. This ensures consistent results across batches. Few things will turn off your customers more than getting inconsistent quality. They want their favorite meal to be great every time they enjoy it. CVap makes consistency pushbutton simple. Rest assured, the last meal of the rush period will be as hot and fresh as the first.

Energy Efficiency

CVap technology is based on heated water vapor. Any science nerd can tell you that heated water vapor carries a whole lot more thermal energy than dry air heat. By batch cooking in a CVap oven, operators can optimize energy usage and reduce operational costs. And, of course, CVap ovens don’t require vent hoods, so you aren’t losing your operation’s climate control out of the vent.

Increased Productivity

Because batch cooking and holding can be done before rush periods, kitchens can do more with less staff. CVap can automatically transition from cooking to holding mode. Your staff won’t need to babysit the ovens, because CVap ovens won’t overcook. Batch it up, hold it fresh, and serve it fast.

Time Management

Batch cooking lets you plan and prepare large quantities of food in advance, so your crew isn’t crushed during rush periods. This makes scheduling staff more strategically easier, reducing serving time.

Minimal Food Waste

CVap’s ability to maintain food at precise temperature and texture means it can be served longer without quality loss. Let’s be honest; no holding technology can hold food indefinitely. However, CVap can keep food fresh much longer than other brands. This gives you more time to serve and reduces waste. And CVap’s ability to hold at precise temperatures means food won’t have to be discarded for being at an unsafe temperature.

Speed of Service

Batch cooking saves time. Making food ahead of time means there’s no waiting for preparation. Whether you’re a school cafeteria, a hospital commissary, or a high-volume restaurant, batch cooking in CVap will allow you to serve lots of meals quickly.

What Types of Food can be Batch Cooked in a CVap Oven?

CVap ovens are highly versatile and can accommodate a wide range of foods for batch cooking. These include:


Chicken, beef, pork, seafood, and more.


Root vegetables, greens, starch vegetables, onions, etc.

Baked Goods

Breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, etc.

Grains and Legumes

Rice, pasta, beans, grains, etc.

Prepared Foods

Soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, pizzas, precooked meals, and meal components

Eggs and Dairy

Scrambled eggs, omelets, quiches, custards, puddings, flans, cheeses for melting or warming.

Snacks and Appetizers

Chicken wings, sliders, meatballs, potato skins, stuffed mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, etc.

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What is the Ideal Holding Temperature for Batch Cooking in CVap?

The ideal holding temperature varies depending on the type of food being held. The USDA requires that hot foods be held at or above 140°F to inhibit bacterial growth. Of course, some foods should be held at higher temperatures to optimize quality. We recommend reviewing the specific guidelines for the type of batch-cooked foods you need to hold.

Do CVap Ovens Require a Vent Hood?

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CVap ovens do not require vent hoods in most locations. There are exceptions, so always check with your local authorities for the specific requirements in your area. Because they don’t require a hood, CVap ovens can be placed anywhere sufficient electrical power is available.

What Equipment Do I Need to Batch Cook?

A CVap Cook and Hold Oven or Retherm Oven are all that is needed to batch cook, as they are capable of both cooking and holding. However, CVap Holding Cabinets can be used with almost any cooking appliance. Fryers, convection ovens, steamers, you name it. It doesn’t matter how the food is cooked; it can be held in a CVap Holding Cabinet for an extended time, allowing you to keep on trucking with your cooking appliance.

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What are the Space Requirements of CVap Ovens?

CVap ovens don’t take up a ton of space. Most models take up around six square feet. This packs a bunch of production in a pretty small footprint. Using stacked pairs or full-size ovens can boost output even more. And because CVap ovens can be used for both cooking and holding, you can do double duty in the same space, eliminating the need for additional holding cabinets or other warming appliances.

Batch cooking saves time, labor, and money. What more reason do you need? Contact us today to learn how batch cooking in CVap can help your operation.

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