Monthly Archives: April 2015
When you think about catered events, you might think about the food, the drinks, and the entire glorious affair. What you might not think about is are the ice machines which can make or break that party. It’s crucial to have enough ice on hand for your high-value affair so that the shrimp can be chilled, the salad looks just so, and the rest of it comes off without a hitch.
If your catering company has a ‘home base’ for its operations, where it cooks and then brings things onto the site, then it’s possible to install a Scotsman Ice Machine right on the premises so that ice is right there on the spot. A catering ice machine can turn ordinary parties into rip-roaring shindigs.
You bring the control back into your h
There is an essential accessory to every ice machine. Most people never even think about it until it’s missing. It keeps ice from becoming dirty. It fills bins and glasses without complaint. We’re talking about the humble ice scoop.
If you’ve been reading our blog, you’ve read many articles about what happens when employees scoop ice with their hands. That causes bacterial infections that could dirty the entire bin, make your customers sick, and give your restaurant a black mark on a health inspection. Scooping ice with a glass is almost worse. Ever try to find broken glass inside of a bin of ice? It’s impossible to get it all. The whole batch must be dumped so the bin can be cleaned.
One of the brands of scoop we sell is Browne Foodservice. They come in several different sizes and materials, have
If you own a bar, you already know you need ice. You also need a blender and only the best will do. If you have a very busy bar, you may have had to placate a customer while the blender is occupied, or juggle multiple blender jars. Wouldn’t it be great to just mix up those 10 daiquiris all at once?
Now you can! Today we’re talking about the Vitamix 5201. Vitamix is a well-known commercial blender brand. These blenders can chew through ice like its nothing with its 4.2 HP peak output motor. This is an extra-large model that can blend 1.5 gallons, yes gallons, at a single shot! That’s 192 ounces! It also comes with a 64 oz. blender jar for smaller jobs.
The Vitamix 5201 has a variable speed dial so bartenders can blend their drinks and smoothies to the consistency they prefer. The blender comes with an accelerator tool to
Ice machines are our main business, but we have plus in our name for a reason. We deal in several other kinds of restaurant equipment for our customers. Today, we want to highlight our Presto brand equipment. We sell Presto meat slicers and commercial mixers.
No deli or sandwich shop could get away without owning a slicer these days. Adjustable meat slicers let restaurants slice meat to whatever thinness they need off of a larger hunk. Meat slicers also work well for many cheeses, though this depends on the cheese and the model. They are essential pieces of equipment for anyone who handles sandwich meats. We carry Presto’s 10” model and 12” model, plus a deluxe 12” model.
Presto is also a well-respected brand for standing mixers. Any restaurant that needs dough needs a large-sized mixer for mixing it in larg
Metalfrio has been making refrigeration equipment for over 50 years. They’re a well-respected worldwide brand. These masters of refrigeration have been making many sizes of undercounter bar refrigerators for years, and we’re very thankful for them. They’re a must for any barkeep who wants to keep their beer and condiments chilled.
Metalfrio sells many types of bar refrigeration, and we sell two main types from their lineup. The first is a bottle cooler. Bottle coolers can fit under the bar or at the back of the bar. They’re designed to keep beer and wine cooler bottles cold and secure. All models have lockable doors and a removable bottle opener and lid catcher. They’re great for storing bottles of alcohol that every bar has but doesn’t need a fancy display for. We sell 50” an
We have many different ice machines here in our catalog, but sometimes a company needs a machine that’s a little more special. Something that doesn’t just make ice, but makes a LOT of ice. Like enough ice for huge institutional settings like schools, prisons, or hospitals. We have just the machine for you.
The IMI Cornelius CCM1448WF2 Nordic Water Cooled 1458 Lb Full Cube Ice Machine is the machine for you. This is one big ice machine head. This low-noise, compact unit can pump out 1,458 pounds of ice every day. Every day! You’re gonna need a bigger bin.
It is a water-cooled unit, so you may need to check your local restrictions on whether or not it can be installed. However, because it is water cooled you can install it in many places an air cooled machine can’t go. The oversized condenser doesn’t
In honor of Earth Day, we’re going to talk a little bit about conservation. While you might be looking for the perfect restaurant ice machine, it’s important to remember that every ice machine uses quite a lot of water for its operation, which means that there are always opportunities to save water.
Get ENERGY STAR Equipment
If you’re not on board with ENERGY STAR equipment, you’re not on board with saving money. The EPA set up this program in order to save carbon emissions, rewarding manufacturers of this equipment with incentives which go beyond saving water.
Repair Your Leaks
If you’ve got this slow, drippy leak that you’ve had fo
There’s no denying our love for ice machines. We believe that they should be installed everywhere, from church ice machines to hospital ice machines. When we see the new schools going up in our area, you guessed it, we think of school ice machines.
When you’re thinking about what kind of ice machine you should get, you should think about the volume of ice that will need to be served. Fortunately, the larger volume ice machines that you need are usually not that much bigger than the other volumes, so you’ll be able to fit it into the necessary space.
The second thing, right after the volume that you’re after will be your budget. The question is whether you can ge
Some people just love to chew ice. Other people might find the sound annoying, but they can’t help themselves. It may seem like a compulsion. It may surprise you to know that this habit has been documented for at least 400 years! Medical texts from the 1600s talk about women who had compulsions to chew on cold things like snow.
Dentists say that chewing on ice can be damaging to the teeth, and that’s what set Scotsman out on a quest. Scotsman wanted to develop an ice that was soft enough to chew without damaging teeth. In 1981, they figured out how to make soft pellet ice with a new type of machine. This type of ice has a higher liquid water content than cube ice. The extra water makes
Energy conservation is a crucial topic for any restaurant or bar that wants to maximize their profits. The more ice you can make for any given quantity of electricity and water, the better, right? The ENERGY STAR program is a good place to start looking for an energy efficient ice machine. To get an ENERGY STAR label, a machine has to undergo rigorous testing to check its resource consumption.
Here’s an example of one of our ENERGY STAR-compliant machines. The Scotsman CU3030MA-1 is an air-cooled undercounter ice machine that can pump out quite a lot of ice. The machine can make 250 pounds every 24 hours and can hold 110 pounds in its integrated storage bin. It h