Clean Ice Machine
If your ice machine consistently looks like this, it may be time to find a new one for your business.
If you own an ice machine, chances are you’ve asked this question at one point or another. Unfortunately, there is no simple, clear cut explanation for why your ice machine is not making ice. There are many factors that play a part in the ice making process, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with your ice machine in its lifetime. Hopefully, with this guide, you will be able to identify the problem or problems facing your ice machine and you will be able to get your unit back to doing what it is supposed to do – making ice for you and your establishment. We separated these issues into two categories: External Factors and Human Errors. Some are easy to fix while some require add
No matter the shape, size, or type, we have an ice machine to suit your needs!
There are some very basic considerations to take into place before purchasing an ice machine for your business. If you plan on serving cold drinks - you're going to need ice. If you plan on having seafood - you'll need to keep it cold If you have a bar with mixology, you may want different ice shapes and sizes. So it's pretty apparent that yes, you'll need an ice machine. But what sort of a machine to buy? There are many shapes, sizes, and models available, and unless you have unlimited budget/space, you're not going to want to get
Details can make or break your business. Customers want fresh, beautiful product, and cloudy or funky smelly ice cubes certainly won't impress them. You've invested in top of the line ice machines, so keep them running cleanly and beautifully, producing crystal clear ice
First off, make sure you are cleaning your machines often enough. Your ice itself will be a good indicator when things needs to be taken care of. If it's cloudy, soft, or has any type of a strange aroma or taste, take action immediately! A good rule of thumb is every three months of so, but that depends on your volume so don't ignore the visuals signs and take appropriate action
Get nickel free ice cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe down your machine
Step by step, follow the instructions below:
Turn off the ice maker and make sure it is unplugged.
Turn off the water s
Not one, not two, but three restaurants in the Houston area were recently cited for slime in their ice machines. Hundreds of pounds of ice had to be thrown out before it could contaminate customers. No wonder some people refuse to order ice in their drinks!
But why does slime form in an ice machine and what can you do to prevent it? Ice machines do not get cold enough to stop mold growth, just like your refrigerator doesn't stop your food from spoiling. It just slows it down a lot. That's why it's so important to avoid contamination from getting into your ice bin in the first place.
Keeping that restaurant a place where patrons keep returning isn’t a simple matter of cleaning the commercial ice machines. One can have the cleanest restaurant in the world, but still have lousy food served from the kitchen. There are a number of factors which play into having a fantastic restaurant.
When you’re looking at your restaurant and thinking about how you can do better, start with the little things first. What can you do that will make your patrons feel better about being there?
Make Sure It’s Spotless
Even though having a spotless ice machine and rest of the store does not mean that patrons will immediately run back to you, it sure helps. Most of the OSHA regulations that are
Restaurants aren’t the only places that get inspected by the health inspectors. In fact, it’s any place which serves food. And, those delicious pieces that fall from the nugget ice machine are considered food. This means that ice machines all over the country, including in your supermarket, are getting inspected for health violations.
One Giant Foods in Pennsylvania learned this the hard way when they were recently inspected. We encourage everyone to read their ice machine manual to learn when their ice machine should be cleaned, but there are places out there which don&rsq
We’ve been reading the restaurant reports again. This time, we’re taking a closer look at a couple places in Denver who had scads of violations from their unannounced health inspections. There were a combination of things contributing to the terrible health inspection, but mostly it was a result of not cleaning and maintaining the equipment.
“There was excessive grime and dirt on the ice chute in the ice machine,” said the inspector. The inspector also noticed that there were hundreds of dead flying insect carcasses on a sticky trap hanging over that ice machine. Does this go back to the concept that restaurant owne
One of the easiest ways to discover that you need a new ice machine is to think back and see if you can remember the name of the technician who last fixed it. If you’re able to remember them, and then you’re able to remember the name of their family members and where they were the past weekend and you’re not friends with them, then maybe it’s time to think about replacing your ice machine.
Ice machines, like other equipment, wear out over time. There are some things which you can do to keep them running just a little bit longer, and here are a few of them.
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Ice scoops need respect. Why? They're a big route for contamination of your ice machine if they are used incorrectly. The same measures which you taken to protect food from contamination should be taken to protect the ice from contamination.
Ice scoops not only help people dig for ice, but they also keep people from touching the ice directly if used right. Some models have hand guards to allow deep digging into your ice bin, but all care should be taken not to touch ice while using a scoop.
These scoops should be outside of the machine rather than stored inside. Condensation can collect on the handle and drip into the ice bin if it is stored inside. Keep it outside. There are special racks you can buy to keep them near the machine.
Ice scoops can also
Slime. We might have feared it while watching Nickelodeon, but it is much more sinister when it resides in your ice machine. We’ve regaled you with plenty of stories about slime in the ice machine and things that you can do to stop the presence of slime, but we haven’t talked about why slime’s there in the first place very much.
Basically, slime starts when water accumulates. The watery surfaces make a perfect opportunity for water to collect and slime to form. You see, the ice machine isn’t immune to the formation of bacteria just because it’s cold in there. So, if there is water accumulation and the inside of the machine has been pocked by scouring pads, then slime’s the next thing to follow.
According to the Houston County government,