Need help getting started with combination steam ovens?

Many people don’t realise how little user information is out there until they’ve bought and installed their steam oven, and it’s really frustrating to have a fantastic new appliance but not much idea what to do with it. Whether you haven't made a purchase yet, or you've owned one for years, I hope this website will help you build confidence and learn to love your steam oven as much as I love mine.

I hear a lot about the lack of resources available to combi steam oven buyers after they purchase - it was the main impetus for this blog. And frequently, I get asked about the differences between all the brands and models available now, and which ones are the best - it depends on many factors!

In home cooking terms, combination steam ovens are still relatively niche. There have now been several million domestic steam ovens produced, but when you think about that in terms of the number of regular ovens around the world, it's a tiny fraction of the home kitchen appliances market. It's growing in double digits every year, though. 

Below are some links and general information about steam, combination steam and convection steam ovens.  So whether you're interested in buying one, or you own a Miele, Neff, Gaggenau, Wolf, Thermador, V-Zug, ASKO, Bosch or any of the other numerous steam oven brands on the market, you'll find help and great recipes here. 

Haven't bought a steam oven yet, but interested in whether they're for you? Keep reading.

For starters, if you want a good general overview of what a combi steam oven does and whether you should buy one, read this Steam Oven 101 post and the Should I buy a steam oven post. 

If you're sold on the idea but not sure what to look for when you're shopping for a steam oven, have a look at this post on what type of steam oven to buy.

There's also a steam oven buyers guide here if you haven't taken the plunge just yet, and I was featured in another article on how to choose a combi steam oven over at Houzz recently. 

If you're looking for the Steam and Bake recipe index, it can be found here.

What about steam oven cookbooks?

I'm thrilled to say I have one published steam oven cookbook, and a couple more in production right now. Easy Combi Steam Meals: Simple Recipes for your Steam Oven, will be published in 2018, and another volume will follow that in 2019. Join the Steam and Bake mailing list if you'd like to be kept up to date on all my cookbook releases. 

Production of generic books and websites on steam ovens (rather than brand-specific instructional manuals) has been almost nonexistent. It’s why some people don’t get much out of their new purchase, and become annoyed with the effort required to ‘learn’ the ovens. Times are changing though, so don't worry - the next few years will bring some really good resources for those of us lucky enough to have a combi steam oven at home.

As a comparison, think about how many books and resources there are for the Thermomix, say, or InstantPot. This is kind of the same thing - when Thermomix launched the only user information available was from the company itself, but now there are cookbooks, websites and blogs everywhere with adapted recipes (not to mention manufacturers everywhere with knock-off versions of the machine!). Same with the InstantPot. Eventually, if enough people buy a new appliance publishers will jump on board with their recipe book offerings, but it takes a while.

Combi steam ovens have really become popular in Australian and US kitchens in the past 5 years (and perhaps in Europe a little earlier), so let’s hope mainstream publishers have started to recognise that they’re not a fad and are here to stay in our kitchens for the long term.