Monthly Archives: January 2016

  1. Alcohol Ice Cube Machine Available Soon

    Alcoholic BeverageThose who love their beverages 'on the rocks' all know the one big drawback. Eventually, the ice melts and dilutes the beverage. For high-end bars and restaurants, this can be mitigated somewhat with an ice machine that produces a type of ice that is larger, denser, and melts more slowly. It's generally referred to as 'gourmet' ice. However, one inventor hopes to make this problem a thing of the past entirely.

    Louisville inventor Jason Sherman has developed an ice machine that makes ice cubes from any alcohol based liquid.

    Sherman's company, Beyond Zero, will be soon selling a limited number of these machines to bars and distilleries throughout Kentucky. Sales will include the machines and storage units.

    You can find instructions on how to freeze liquor using liquid nitrogen on the internet. The idea of freezing alcohol isn't new. However, many bars, restaurants, and the like do not keep liquid nitrogen on hand to accomplish this task.

    Sherman's machine will do the job for them. Freezing cubes of beer can be done in as little as a minute or two, while spirits up to 60-90 proof may take three to five minutes. The benefit is that unlike water ice, cubes made from the alcohol will not dilute the beverage as it melts.

    Sherman said that the prices for his machines will fall in line with other commercial ice machines. The cost will range from between $3,000 and $5,000. How businesses decide to sell and market, and more importantly, price the ice they produce will be left up to them.

    This type of ice could be an option on the menu, or it could be used to create something that owners use to create something exclusive or special to their establishment. It could be offered as a more expensive alternative to traditional water ice.

  2. First Responders Train for Ice Rescue

    First RespondersWinter brings with it frozen lakes and ponds. In turn, this also can bring the fun of ice skating and ice fishing. It can also bring with it tragedy when someone falls through the ice.

    Big Bear Lake, located in San Bernadino County, California, is beautiful when covered in ice. There's only one problem. Daily fluctuating temperatures can cause the ice to not be as strong as it looks.

    This past Wednesday, first responders in San Bernadino County took part in critical training designed specifically for the event of someone falling through the ice. This is important, especially for Big Bear lake, which has 22 miles of shoreline. It is semi-frozen right now.

    The frozen lake is not something that the local population is used to seeing. This brings with it curiosity, and with that curiosity, people.

    This training is in part motivated by a tragedy that occurred nearly 26 years ago. Back in 1990, a failed rescue on Convict Lake in the High Sierra resulted in 3 children and 4 rescuers tragically losing their lives.

    During the traininge exercise, rescuers learned and practiced techniques they normally would not have to use. Reaches and throws are common rescue techniques in situations where someone has fallen through the ice. These techniques should have been used in 2012, when a man fell through the ice on Jackson Lake on Christmas Day.

    Several people attempted to rescue the men, only to end up in the water themselves. All of the would-be rescuers eventually managed to get out of the water.

    Experts agree. When it comes to someone falling through the ice, it is best to let the experts attempt the rescuing.

    Anthony Muscello from the San Bernadino Fire Deparment elaborated on this statement. “A lot of times when victims or submerged or in water and they don't know how to swim, it can be a danger to the rescuer to go out and perform the rescue.”

    Also, since it is illegal to walk on ice, this can be avoided. Ignoring warnings against walking, skating, or fishing on ice can be costly.

    Be safe out there on the ice. We don't want to see any one get injured because of something we love.

  3. Scotsman C0530SA-ID200B Countertop Ice Machine & Dispenser


    Scotsman Ice MachineFast food and short order restaurants are increasingly allowing their customers to use self-serve dispensers for drinks and ice. Convenience stores have also allowed customers to purchase ice-cooled beverages for years. These kinds of businesses have one need in common: countertop ice machines and dispensers.

    Scotsman covers these business needs with their Scotsman C0530SA-ID200B combination ice machine and dispenser. The bundle is made up of the Scotsman C0530SA ice machine and the ID200B ice dispenser, requiring the KBT44 installation kit to mount the two together. All are inclusive in this bundled package.

    Capable of producing 525 lbs of small ice cubes per day and storing up to 200 lbs of ice, this Scotsman model ensures that your business's ice needs are met. It dispenses smaller ice cubes, ideal for displacing more liquid and absorbing the flavor of the beverage the cubes are placed in. Customers who like to chew ice will love the ice this machine produces.

    The Scotsman C0530SA-ID200B is Energy Star certified, meaning that it requires less energy than some other ice machines to operate, resulting in savings to the owner. A width of 30 inches allows this model to be installed on nearly every countertop or tabletop surface.

    When it comes to ease of operation, this model truly delivers. The Scotsman C0530SA-ID200B notifies the owner of developments in status via its Auto Alert status lights. Protecting your customers and your ice from bacteria is built into this machine with AquaArmor antimicrobial technology built into every component that touches the ice or water. All parts for the dispenser are located behind a removeable plate for ease of cleaning and maintenance.

    When it comes to warranties, you are covered there as well. The Scotsman C0530SA-ID200B comes with a 5 year warranty for parts and labor on the evaporator and a 3 year warranty for parts and labor on the ice machine. Also included in purchase is a 5 year warranty on the compressor. The dispenser comes with a 2 year warranty for parts and 1 year warranty for labor.

    When it comes to countertop ice machines and dispensers, Scotsman delivers with the C0530SA-ID200B. When you choose this model for purchase, it will surely meet all your business and your customer's ice needs.

  4. Ice-O-Matic ICE0320FA-IOD150 Countertop Ice Machine & Dispenser

    Ice-O-Matic Ice MachineThere are times when a business requires ice to be served to its customers. Convenience stores and some fast food restaurants are self-serve when it comes to drinks that fill cups. For this, they often require countertop ice machines and dispensers.

    Ice-O-Matic has you covered in this business need. The ICE0320FA-IOD150 is a combination machine available for purchase. Included in the purchase is the ICE0320FA ice machine and the IOD150 ice dispenser which is mounted upon the ice machine head.

    This machine produces up to 334lbs of full sized 7/8in x 7/8in x 7/8in ice cubes in a 24-hour period. The built in holding bin is equally capable, holding up to 150 lbs of ice at any one time. The advantage in this size ice cube is a slower melt, making it the perfect cube for all variety of drinks.

    The dispenser is lever activated and the dispensing area is capable of accommodating many different sized containers. The incorporated “Direct Dispense” feature ensures that ice hits the container every time, and the “Quick Stop” function prevents ice overflow and waste.

    The Ice-O-Matic ice maker measures at 35.62” tall by itself on a countertop or a work table, and at 59” tall with the head mounted on the dispenser.

    In order to mount the two machines together, the KBT15022 bin kit is required and is included in the purchase.

    The ice machine is air cooled and is constructed from corrosion-proof stainless steel and fingerprint proof plastic. To protect your customers from bacteria, it is built with the PURE ICE antimicrobial protection and Aglon compound. Ensuring reliability is the durable electroless nickel plating on all evaporator plates.

    The Ice-O-Matic ICE0320FA-IOD150 comes with a 3 year warranty for parts and labor on the ice machine. The evaporator and the condenser come with a 5 year parts warranty. A 2 year warranty on parts and 1 year warranty on labor comes with the dispenser.

    If you need a countertop ice machine, the Ice-O-Matic ICE0320FA-IOD150 is a model that can handle the needs of your business and should be a top consideration when it comes to purchasing an ice machine.

  5. Slimy Ice Machines!

    SlimeRestaurants face health inspections to make sure that they are clean and ready to prepare and serve food to customers. Inspectors look for a number of things that could possibly be violations, and the ice machine is often one of the things inspected. Inspectors expect a clean, sanitary machine. Sometimes, they find slime and mold.

    The Fulton County Health Inspector recently paid a visit to Joy Wings & Deli restaurant on Campbellton Road in Atlanta. They found a number of serious violations, causing the restaurant's score to fall from a 76/C to a 41, which is failing.

    Spoiled raw fish and shrimp were found in a reach in cooler on the prep line. The inspector reported that the seafood was slimy and had a very bad smell.

    Also found was pink slime inside the ice machine. The slime had been allowed to build up over time, causing another infraction.

    Other violations included rice and chicken being kept at unsafe temperatures in the prep sink. A container of prepared rice was not marked with the date of preparation. In addition, the rice was not covered to protect from contamination. Other containers holding food and other working containers were not labeled or identified.

    The facilty and the equipment were in need of cleaning. Soiled material had built up on the racks and there was a layer of dust on the fan covers. Grese had been allowed to accumulate under cooking equipment and on the walls.

    A fly strap and a roach glue trap found above the food prep table also added to the points taken away from the inspection.

    Joy Wings & Deli will be given time to correct the violations and re-inspected.

    If you are in need of an ice machine, there are several available for purchase in many styles and varieties. From undercounter, residential, and counter top ice machines and dispensers, there are several to choose from that can all meet the demands of your business needs.

  6. Icy Life Hacks

    Scraping IceWith the recent news of record amounts of snowfall in the northeast, everyone is preparing themselves for the arduous chores of shoveling snow and scraping ice off of their windshields. Automobiles have come far in their time, but they still do not hold good friends status with the ice and the cold, which can produce dangerous conditions for your vehicle, from tires to windshields.

    One time consuming chore for automobile owners is the task of scraping ice off of windshield glass. It can take 20-30 minutes from your morning, so you must either wake up earlier or dismiss other chores to accomplish this task.

    Here are three life hacks to assist you in accomplishing this task no one wants to do so that you can spend your time doing other, more enjoyable things instead.

    Prepare your vehicle for winter weather. We winterize our homes and our wardrobes, but sometimes we neglect our cars. One instant trick is to try and park your car so that it faces east. This will allow the rising sun to melt snow and ice that may have accumulated in the overnight hours.

    Another handy trick is to purchase windshield wiper covers or perhaps utilize an old pair of long stockings to cover your wipers at night. This will help to ensure that you'll have a little less work to do in the mornings.

    Spraying a lubricant like WD-40 or even cooking spray in the rubber seals of your car doors can help to prevent them from freezing overnight. If your car locks freeze, squirting some alcohol-based hand sanitizer into the lock can help to defrost it.

    If you need help quickly, or are pressed for time and need to defrost foggy windows quickly, there are ways to help you in this task. Applying a mixture of vinegar and water in a 3:1 ratio has proven successful with some people. Another little known fact is that shaving cream includes the same ingredients as anti-fog solutions. Spraying some on the inside of your windows and wiping it off can make the fog go away.

    Another tactic is to sap the moisture inside the car. You can either use commercial moisture absorbers or you can place a container filled with kitty litter, which absorbs moisture well.

    All of these can help you dig your car out in the mornings and make it driveable without having to scrape ice every day. They'll also free up time for you to do other, more enjoyable tasks.

  7. Snow Ice Cream

    Snow Ice CreamIn the northern hemisphere, it's that time of year. It's time for snowmen, snowball fights, and the detestable chore of shoveling snow. Snow, however, can be used to make a delightful winter treat: ice cream.

    If you want to make snow ice cream, using freshly fallen snow is best in this endeavor. Setting out bowls to catch fresh white powder is the best way to accomplish this chore. However, if you are concerned about cleanliness and hygiene, you can also use shaved ice. Avoid packed, hard snow, as it will not work as well as the fresh variety.

    To make this fun, delicious ice cream, you'll need the following:

    • 1 Cup Milk (any kind)

    • 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

    • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

    • pinch of salt

    In addition to these ingredients, you'll need about eight cups of snow or shaved ice.

    Simply mix the milk, sugar, vanilla and the pinch of salt together and then add the snow. Stir the mixture up and place it in the freezer for a bit. When you pull it out of the freezer, scoop it into bowls or ice cream cones and add your toppings of choice.

    The end result is a bit icier and a little less creamy than regular ice cream, but it is something fun and delicious to do when the snow is falling. You can also experiment with your toppings. Anything from nuts to fruits to sprinkles and chocolate syrup can make a great topping for this winter time treat.

  8. Why is Salt Necessary for Ice Cream?

    Melting IceSalt. Salt is used in mixtures to melt snow and ice on our roadways to make them safer during winter weather. However, it is also used to make that delicious dessert and treat, ice cream. It can seem like a conundrum. How can something that melts snow and ice be used to make something that is frozen, like ice cream?

    It turns out that salt doesn't literally melt snow and ice. It does, however, lower the temperature needed to keep ice solid. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and adding salt to water will actually lower that temperature, depending on how much salt is added.

    When it comes to ice cream, the sugar and fats needed for this delicious concoction actually interfere with the formation of ice crystals. Thus, in order to make ice cream, you need to get it below-normal freezing temperatures. Salt aids in this process, allowing the mixture to reach temperatures low enough to make the treat.

    Using ice without salt would not allow for the temperatures needed to make ice cream to be reached. Without salt, your ice cream would melt and grow warm long before it could be completed. The saltwater mix surrounding your ingredients allow the ice cubes to get much colder than they could get otherwise.

    It's time that we give thanks to our friend salt. It allows us to drive safely during the winter and it has also given us that most delectable of cold treats: ice cream.

  9. Turbo Air TIDC-47G Ice Cream Dipping Cabinet

    Turbo Air Ice Cream Dipping CabinetAfter the major blizzard much of the country experienced through Winter Storm Jonas, ice cream may be the last thing on your mind. But we think that anytime is a good time for ice cream! After all, we're thinking about the cold all the time here at Ice Machines Plus. In celebration of the tasty treat, we wanted to share with you some information about the Turbo Air TIDC-47G ice cream dipping cabinet.

    A dipping cabinet is a special freezer for ice cream parlors. They hold round commerical ice cream containers so workers can dip their arms to gather scoops of yummy ice cream. This particular unit can hold eight 3-gallon containers and is about 47” long. To ensure the ice cream's hardiness, it keeps it a ta chill -10 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Most ice cream parlors have multiple units so they can serve a lot of different flavors. Just go into any Baskin Robbins shop and you'll see a lot of similar cabinets. They sit easily side-by-side to make a dazzling row of tempting flavors for your customers.

    If you plan on opening an ice cream shop, you must have at least one of these! And this variety comes in an attractive green color as well. But if you don't want to be reminded of pistachio ice cream, take a look at the rest of our selection of ice cream dipping cabinets for more inspiration.

  10. True TFM-29AL Horizontal Chest Freezer

    True Chest FreezerYes, we talked about ice cream once already today, but we really can't get enough of it! If you own a store and want to sell small ice creams, or if you own a convenience store, then a horizontal chest freezer is a must for storing them. Whether you're selling drum sticks, Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, or Klondikes, this is what you need to keep them cold and convenience for customers.

    One example of our horizontal chest freezers is the True TFM-29AL. This 30” horizontal chest freezer has an angled lid. Angled lids allow you to store more product and they also reduce glare in environments with bright lighting. It has a sliding door top and holds 6.3 cubic feet of product. Like most ice cream freezers, it stores goods at a chilly -10 degrees Fahrenheit.

    These types of freezers are often placed near registers. Their open top makes a great incentive for people to look inside and make an impulse purchase for something tasty and cold. Plus, it's easy to restock. You don't have to stand in a huge walk-in like you do for stocking covenience store cabinets!

    If you would like to see our full line of horizontal freezer cabinets, just use our handy search function or browse our website.

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