Electric cooker: How to choose the best one in 2021
Do you want to make delicious snacks in your restaurant, hamburger shop or even in your own home? Today’s article can help you! We will tell you everything you need to know to choose the best electric cooker possible.
A simple electric plate can give speed, agility and flavor to the production of snacks and other meals. However, there are several issues that need to be addressed before purchasing, such as size, capacity, ease of use and power. We’ll talk about all of that in the next few lines!
First, the most important
- Electric cookers can be very useful in restaurants, bars and hamburgers. It is possible to make optimal use of one even in the home environment.
- They are safer, more practical and constant than gas models, as well as allowing better quality cooking. The price is the biggest drawback.
- It is also important to pay attention to characteristics such as size and thickness of the plate, heating time and presence of a fat collecting box.
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The best models of electric plates: Our recommendations
The number of electric cookers available on the market is large and can leave you confused. However, we decided to start the article by helping you: We are going to introduce you to some models that will surely satisfy you!
- A complete electric plate
- A model for beginners
- The electric plate for professionals
Do you really have much to gain from an electric platter? What kind of model makes the most sense for your home or professional kitchen?
It’s time to answer the most frequently asked questions about electric cookers!
What is an electric plate for?
Plates are kitchen utensils that have a smooth and flat surface, ideal for heating, grilling or frying certain types of food. They are used a lot by restaurants, bars and hamburgers, but they can also be great in a home environment.
There are two types of cooktop: electric and gas. The first ones, which we talked about in this article, have the characteristic of being powered by electricity. They have advantages and disadvantages and we will talk more about that soon.
Indispensable in certain commercial establishments, the chapeiras can also be very useful for your home, since they can improve the taste of some foods, besides giving more agility and practicality to the preparation of them.
What foods can be prepared in an electric pan?
It is very common to associate the preparation of hamburgers and snacks with plates. However, there is much more that can be done in utensils like these. Various cuts of beef, fish, sausages and bacon gain flavor and even become healthier when prepared in them.
And vegetarians can also enjoy: Some vegetables are also very tasty on the plate, and breads are an absolute classic of cooking with the utensil. Who has never been to a bar or bakery in the morning and asked for the Brazilian “bread on the plate”?
Of course, for establishments specialized mainly in snacks, the chapeira is even more fundamental. Hamburgers and other sandwiches have these tools as their best preparation. If you are a big fan of these foods, you can also cook them at home!
Did you know that hamburgers are the fastest growing food establishments in Brazil? Official data from the Gastronomy Institute show that there has been an increase of no less than 575% in the number of niche restaurants in the last decade.
Electric or gas cooker?
The biggest question when buying a pan is about food: Is it better to be electric or gas? As we already mentioned, there are advantages and disadvantages on both sides.
The electric plates are simpler to install, do not need a report for operation and are always ready for use, not depending on gas cylinders and their changes. They are also better for temperature control, making it easier to leave food on the spot.
On the other hand, an electric plate is much more expensive than a gas one and also generates higher costs on a daily basis, since its consumption in continuous use is quite high.
In addition to being cheaper, the gas plate allows more mobility: In a food truck, for example, it is mandatory.
See in the table below the comparison between the two types of chamois:
What are the advantages of an electric plate maker?
The benefits of the chapeira for a kitchen are many: The food preparation time is shorter, the flavor is more enhanced and, depending on the quality of the model, it can even approach the much desired “barbecue taste”.
It is possible to prepare several dishes simultaneously, especially when the plate is large. The presence of a thermostat also makes it possible to set the exact point of each food, which is more difficult with other utensils.
The electric plate specifically provides a non-dependence on gas cylinders, a great ease of installation and an even clearer improvement in the preparation and flavor of food. It also has less risk of accidents, bringing great safety to the entire environment.
Its disadvantages are the high price, the dependence on electricity and the above average consumption.
We have prepared a table with the main advantages and disadvantages of electric cookers:
Is it easy to use an electric plate maker?
The use of an electric tray does not require great prior knowledge. With a little practice, you will quickly master it quickly. We recommend only a culinary study to find out what the ideal point of each food is.
To use it properly, just plug it into the outlet with the correct voltage, set the temperature, let the preheat take place, put an oil wire (or olive oil, or similar) and prepare the food in the best possible way.
With repeated food preparation, the pan will remain warm, which will facilitate its use and reduce some of these steps, especially the preheating period.
Common pan or grill type?
Another type of chapeira that has become increasingly popular in the market is the one that has a grill in addition to its traditional structure, called “char broiler”. It allows this desired “barbecue taste” to be simulated with even more success.
Char broiler plates give the food a greater sense of smoke.
The plate structure of the “char broiler” can be normal, made of metal or stainless steel, or ceramic. The distance from the heating grid, which uses special features such as volcanic stones, allows smoke to play an important part in cooking, giving a greater sense of smoke to the food.
“Char broiler” plates are used mainly by artisanal hamburgers, where snacks considered more sophisticated are sold. The price of the utensil is also considerably higher.
How much does it cost and where to buy an electric plate maker?
Prices for electric cookers vary according to the size, material and special features they offer. We found models that vary, on average, between R $ 300 and R $ 1,200. The cheaper ones can already be quite useful for home use or in small restaurants.
Stores specializing in items for professional cooking may have more complete shelves, but smaller ones can even be purchased at hypermarkets and appliance stores. Internet purchase is a great option: We recommend Brazilian Amazon, international Amazon and Mercado Livre.
Purchasing criteria: Factors for choosing an electric tray
You already know that buying an electric platter is a good idea. Now, you need to choose the model. We have selected four technical criteria that can help you:
- Warm-up time
- Plate thickness
Next, we’ll discuss each one in more detail!
How many hamburgers, steaks, vegetables or breads do you prepare at one time? What is the demand for food made on the grill that is likely to exist in your home or restaurant? These are the questions you should ask to choose the size of your utensil.
There is considerable variation in the sizes of electric cookers. Both large restaurants and domestic environments are contemplated by this diversity of options. You just need to know what best fits your needs and choose the ideal dimensions!
The best material for an electric plate cooker is stainless steel. Very durable, it does not suffer from any type of corrosion. It is common to add a little chromium to it, which is important to prevent food from becoming metallic in taste.
Iron plates are an option for those who want to pay little.
There are other options for stainless steel models. For those who want to pay very little, iron can be the choice. However, it must be mentioned that it does not offer the same durability, nor the same quality in the preparation of food.
There are also some electric ceramic plates, a more gourmet option for those who want to achieve specific flavors. Unlike the case of iron, the values here are higher.
The time it takes an electric cooker to be fully heated directly influences the agility of your work. The faster this happens, the faster the orders will reach your customers.
For domestic use this may not be so important, but in commercial establishments it is good to note the operation of the thermostat, the temperatures reached and how long it is possible to start working with the food after plugging the appliance into the outlet.
Thickness is one of the most important specifications of an electric tray. The thicker the metal plate is, whether made of stainless steel or iron, the more it can withstand constant temperature changes without suffering structural damage.
In addition, a thicker plate heats evenly, which means that the food is cooked in its entirety and that several dishes can be produced simultaneously. For bars and restaurants, another important feature!