Artisan Food made easy with BCH Cooking Solutions

6 September 2022

Author: Dave Tod, Sales Manager

High quality artisan meals and desserts have grown in popularity in recent years, due to the convenience factor and improved taste and nutrition. During the lockdown many turned to meal and restaurant delivery services as supermarket shopping became more challenging, and ingredients were in short supply.

Consumers turned to quality online prepared food providers, restaurants diversified, and local premium farm shops started supplying delicious meals such as shepherd’s pie, lasagne, curries and desserts made with top quality ingredients.

BCH cooking systems are a great choice for these artisan manufacturers and restaurants, producing delicious soups, sauces and fillings with large particulates. Equally, steak, chicken and vegetables can be seared and cooked to perfection, whilst maintaining their nutritional value.

Bratt Pans

BCH Bratt Pans offer a simple entry level steam jacketed solution, suitable for artisan and craft producers.  This versatile cooking method seals in the flavours of the foods, as well as preserving their colour and texture.  A wide range of cooking functions are possible including shallow or stir frying, braising, boiling, steaming, poaching or stewing.

Basmati and pilau rice are cooked using the total absorption cooking method, and curry sauces and samosa fillings can be cooked using searing/frying functions.

The Bratt Pan comprises of a flat base, rectangular-shaped design with a heating jacket on the underside for heating the product.  Liquid draw-off valves are provided front and rear, and the machine can be supplied with hinged covers to retain heat and minimise steam emission.

A hydraulically operated tipping mechanism is used to empty the pan. Heating is achieved using either a high-pressure steam supply, or thermal oil media.

Two standard sizes are available:

100 litre working volume (200L brim capacity)

200 litre working volume (400L brim capacity)

Orbiter Kettles

For a more automated solution, BCH offer the Orbiter range of kettles which again is ideal for small-scale manufacturers, and has been designed specifically for the manufacture of delicious artisan soups, sauces, sweet and savoury fillings and the processing of vegetables and pulses.

A robust and sturdy construction enables these kettles to meet the varied performance requirements of today’s busy food service kitchen environment.   These highly versatile kettles are jacketed for use on either steam or thermal oil, and an electrically powered version is also now available.

The Orbiter is controlled with a simple, operator friendly control interface.  The HMI interface enables basic, on-screen recipe control, where parameters such as temperature, time and mixing speed can be stored in the PLC memory to ensure complete process control repeatability.

This tilting kettle can easily be used in conjunction with clients existing blast chill cooling systems or other BCH cooling solutions if required.

If you would like to find out more about how you can start producing convenience meals or scale-up your existing production, contact the BCH team at / +44 (0) 1706 85 2122