Steam Kettles – a primer

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Are you are currently producing your Jam, Jelly, soups or anything else that needs boiling in small batches using massive stock pots? This may work for you, but you might really benefit from using a Steam Kettle. 

Steam Kettles are essentially an improved, self-contained version of a stockpot. Often used to boil pasta, simmer sauces, stocks and stews; steam kettles offer a huge increase in productivity, convenience and energy-efficiency. Steam Kettles can be partially automated and closely controlled.

The idea of a massive Steam powered pot might scare the living daylights out of you, but they are not as scary as they may seem. 


Steam Kettles are don’t actually use steam to cook the food, the steam heats the space between the outer wall (jacket) and the inside of the kettle. The circulation of steam inside the jacket evenly heats the kettle wall, which in turn heats the food. Because these units heat evenly, they need less supervision than a pot on the stove and still allow you to cook more at once.

Tilting Kettles: make pouring large volumes of product really simple.

Agitation: Many kettles are equipped with a mixing arm that stir the contents of the kettle freeing you up to do other things.

Types of Kettles: There are three types of kettles that all work the same way but use different types of power:

  • Gas Kettles are run on either natural gas or propane (natural gas being the most common),

  • Electric Kettles use an electric element to heat them and they can often be wired for either single phase or three phase power.

  • Direct Steam Kettles require a separate steam generator to operate. This generator can be gas or electric.

To the inexperienced user Steam Kettles are a little intimidating, but they can really save you a lot of time and energy, depending on the type of set up you currently have and the types of product you are making. While you might think that running a 40 gallon is a little overkill, it sure beats standing at a stovetop cooking four batches in a 10 gallon pot on a stove.

If you have any questions about kettles drop us a note, or check out this insanely detailed article by The great big kettle company

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