Steam Injection for the Home Oven
I am brand new to The Fresh Loaf and have read the content with great interest. I have tried just about every method ever suggested for creating steam in my home oven with varying results. My latest attempt to mimic the commercial steam injection is a relatively simple modification to my oven. I bought a quarter inch copper tube and inserted it into the vent for the oven. This took some disassembly of the oven which some may find daunting, but it's really just removing screws. I pushed the tube in as far as I could and bent it by hand to come through the vent just under my oven's control panel. I added a compression fitting to hold it in place and put the oven back together. The whole process took about thirty minutes.
Now for the steam-my wife had purchased one of those small hand held steam cleaners (Scunsi I think) that are advertised on infomercials. I never had much use for it until now. I simply fill it with water, let it heat up, and then insert the small injection fitting into my copper tube and presto--my oven is full of steam!
This approach lets me do the steaming without opening the oven door. This may be a little extreme but it works great!
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