Panini or Sandwich Grill - which option is best for your Kitchen?
Author: Siobhan Thomson Date Posted:25 March 2021
1. Why invest in a Panini Machine or Sandwich Grill?
Panini machines make life easy! This could be as part of your lunch time menu but equally at dinner time too when you are looking for a quick and easy solution for your customers. Either way they are great additions to a commercial kitchen.
A Panini machine eliminates the need to "babysit" a sandwich in the frying pan. Simply place your sandwich on the grill and let the machine do the work for you. Plus they are incredibly easy to clean and take care of. All they require is a quick wipe and you are good to go again. No need to deal with the hassle of washing copious dishes.
Investing in a good Panini machine should take your sandwiches to the next level. It will apply just the right pressure so that your sandwich won’t flatten (at least not more than it should), and it will apply the right temperature to warm up all the ingredients. The bread will be crisp and hot instead of soggy and flat, and the cheese will be nice and melted instead of a mess.
2. Types of Panini Machines
Panini machines are sometimes categorised by how often you plan on using them, as well as the types of food that you want to prepare. Here is a simple way you can differentiate between them:
A medium-duty panini machine is perfect for intermittent use in locations such a cafés, delis, or small sandwich shops. They are made to handle frequent use – meaning, more often than you would with a light duty sandwich maker, but not so frequent as to replace a heavy-duty grill. If you have to warm sandwiches, cook meats, or warm tortillas several times a day, then a medium-duty sandwich maker may be a good investment for you.
An example of a good panini machine in this size is a Sirman Single Panini Machine. This machine will allow you to produce several Panini's a day, is very easy to clean and given it's size will fit into limited spaces.