Flake Ice

  1. The Hoshizaki F-801MWH

    Any manager of at a grocery seafood counter or sushi chef knows that having enough flake ice on hand to keep what is being offered fresh is a first priority. Seafood and meats require cold in order to stay fresh and safe. Hoshizaki has been a leader in ice machine technology for decades. The F-801MWH flake ice machine from Hoshizaki is a part of their Slim-Line Series and when paired with one of Hoshizaki’s ice storage bins, will be sure to have enough flake ice for even the busiest retail or restaurant operation.

    Features of the F-801MWH

    The F-801MWH can makes between 600-800 pounds of flake ice every 24 hours. It has standard flake ice heads for larger scale ice requirements. This ice machine is water cooled and uses less energy than similar air cooled units with its self-contained; two-process water cooled condensing system. Built in to this flake ice machine is Hoshizaki’s CleanCycle12® technology which automatically flushes the machine for 15 minutes every twelve hours in order to remove sediments in the water and give you the cleanest ice. It also helps optimize operation and extend the overall life of the machine.

    This flake machine requires 115V electricity, condenser supply line, an ice maker drain line, and condenser/return drain line for an open system or copper wire tubing for a closed loop system. Contact our friendly customer service number to get more information, specifications and current pricing. You can chat with someone live on our website or call us toll-free at 1-877-900-4423 Monday through Thursday from 8a.m.-12a.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.

  2. Manitowac RF-0266A Undercounter Flake Ice Machine

    Flake ice has many different uses, all of which combine to make this type of ice a necessity in certain industries. Flake ice has the most surface area of any ice type and better yet, it can be molded. This fact makes flake ice imperative for food displays and for medical uses. Flake ice can also be used in bars and restaurants to make those delicious frozen concoctions known as margaritas and daiquiris.

    The Manitowac RF-0266A Undercounter Flake Ice Machine is a powerhouse capable of producing up to 182 lbs of flake ice every 24-hour period. The storage bin can hold up to 60 lbs of flake ice once it has been produced. This makes this model perfect for small fish stands, bars, and produce stands.

    The cabinet is made of stainless steel to resist corrosion and the door slides up and out of the way. This makes access to the bin to retrieve ice as easy as possible.

    Other Features of the Manitowoc RF-0266A

    A patented ice damper maximizes ice storage capacity. You have no need to worry about strain from the auger with the RF-0266A, because it is outfitted with high load withstanding heavy duty ball bearings.

    There is also no need to worry about lost time spent cleaning the machine. Patented cleaning and sanitation technology makes cleaning a breeze.

    At only 38”-40” tall, this machine will easily fit under most commercial countertops. All that is needed is access to a 115-volt power outlet. The power cord is 6' long, meaning that as long as there is a 115-volt outlet within that space, this machine can be installed. The front exhaust for the machine means not having to worry about side clearances as well.

    The Manitowac RF-0255A Undercounter Flake Ice Machine comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and 2 years on labor. The compressor itself has a 5-year warranty on parts and a 2-year warranty on the labor.

    If you are in need of a flake ice machine for your small produce stand, fish stand, or perhaps a bar, the Manitowac RF-0255A Undercounter Flake Ice Machine is worthy of your consideration.

  3. 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.

  4. Scotsman F0522A-1 Flake Ice Machine

    F0522A-1Flake ice has many uses in varying industries. It is useful in restaurant, grocery, and hospital applications. Flake ice cools things quickly and is easy to mold to a given shape, so it invaluable in these particular industries. If you need to make small amounts of flake ice, then Scotsman makes an ice machine that will be ideal to your needs.

    The Scotsman F0522A-1 Flake Ice Machine stands just 23 inches high and 22 inches wide, making it small enough to suit smaller restaurants and grocery stores that need ice, but do not have the space for a larger ice maker. This also makes it suitable to be installed in specific hospital areas, eliminating the need to travel to larger ice machines.

    Despite its small size, the unit is capable of producing up to 450lbs of shaved ice per 24 hours. The unit is air-cooled and features a self-contained condenser. This allows the Scotsman F0522-A to produce ice given while still using a minimal amount of water.

    In addition to its space saving and energy efficient draws, the unit assists the owner to help keep it in perfect working order. An external auto light external indicator lights called “Auto Alert” that keeps the status of the machine apprised.

    When it comes to preventing mold and slime, the Scotsman F0522A-1 comes with all surfaces that come in contact with water or ice pretreated with Aglon. This compound, which is molded into every part, helps to prevent the growth of contaminating pathogens like bacteria and mold. In addition, the unit features easily removable access panels. This allows for easy access for cleaning and maintenance.

    The unit comes with a 3 year warranty on all parts and labor, in addition to a 5 year warranty on the compressor.

    The Scotsman F0522A-1 is the flake ice machine capable of delivering the needs of flake ice to your business, no matter its patients or customers.

  5. Omcan Triton 17137 Ice Shaver

    Omcan Triton 17137Today, we’re going to take a look at the Omcan Triton 17137 Ice Shaver. This is a powerhouse ice shaver if you’ve got bucket or three of ice that need to be shaved down for your customers. Let’s say that you’re making some of the alcoholic smoothies that we’ve talked about, or you’re just making something similar to a snow cone or snow ball.

    With as much volume that this can put out, you can just set this wonderful tool in your workspace and go to town. Got a bucket that you need to push through? This one does 2 liters at a time, a perfect thing for your patrons.

    There are knobs available to adjust the thickness of the ice, as well as a nice plastic chute which can keep your ice in check while it’s being shaved. This workhorse can churn through cube ice like it was water. The heavy-duty ice shaver has blades which can spin at 1,500 RPM, along with a 12,000 RPM motor.

    It truly is a powerhouse, one which all you have to do is feed it. When you DO feed the Omcan Triton 17137, be prepared for all the snoballs, snocones, and smoothies that you can eat. For more information about the device, read the full product description at the page linked above.

  6. Making Shaved Ice Creations

    Shaved Ice CreationPassionate bartenders are consistently pushing the envelope with their drink creations. We’re always on the lookout for new bartending trends because ice is the heart of any bartending operation. Yes, even more than the liquor!

    There’s a drink called a Puddle Jumper, which includes red wine served over shaved ice. Getting to use the shaved ice machine is always fun. We’ve talked a little about shaved ice and shaved ice recipes in the past. Basically, you can make anything with just a touch of syrup and the willingness to experiment. If you can cook a simple syrup, it's easy to make your own shaved ice treats.

    A simple unflavored syrup is made by cooking down water and sugar together in equal parts. Cook it until it boils and the sugar dissolves, then let it cool.  To add fruit flavoring to that, you just use some fruit juice or fresh fruit within the mix in place of the water. Top your shaved ice with it and you've got a tasty dessert!

    Is your shaved ice maker getting enough use? Maybe your bartenders are bored and they need a little inspiration? Let them experiment with some alcoholic snow cones – they might come up with something that will just blow your patrons away.

  7. Flake Ice at the Fish Market

    Fish MarketThere are farmer’s markets all over the country, but we believe that the ones who are closer to the coast have it the best. They get fresh fish shipped in any time they want, and many of the catches that are on the flake ice in the evening were swimming in the ocean that morning.

    Having an undercounter commercial flake ice machine at a fresh fish market is always a healthy option, especially if it’s a small market. The firepower that a huge machine offers isn’t necessary, but there needs to be enough flake ice power to produce enough ice. Many of the smaller shops will go for ice machines in the 300-500 pound per day production range.

    Of course, for the huge scale operation (no pun intended) there are machines which can produce up to a ton of flake ice per day. These are for those shops which have many displays, attracting many customers. They might also be for those who want to replace the ice on a regular basis. When you’re talking about fresh flake ice for fish, it’s always better to have too much on hand than too little.

    The best part about these flake ice machines is that they’re not that much larger than the smaller production models. Your ice needs will be covered either way.

  8. Ice Chewers Love Crushed Ice

    Crushed IceTake a moment to think about all of those people who are chewing ice. They’re on icechewing.com, by the way, and there are recipes for creating the best cup of ice, stories about chewing ice, and places where the ice chewers of the world can unite. Get a crushed ice maker, and you can tap into the thousands of ice connoisseurs that might want to have YOUR ice.

    Having a crushed ice maker on the scene of your restaurant has the chance of boosting your profits. Right now, there is a bit of a rush to get residential ice machines that makes crushed ice, or nugget ice, but there are several crushed ice makers that are already on the market for commercial use.

    All of the major brands make some form of crushed ice maker, it just depends on the volume that you’re wanting. There is the Ice-O-Matic GEMU090 for instance. There are also speciality ices like pearl ice machines and nugget ice that are especially chewable.

    Whether they come for your crushed ice maker or for your food, every little bit helps when you’re talking about finding the perfect restaurant ice machine for your customers. Take a look through or select, or try going to icechewing.com and see what they recommend in a cube of tasty ice!

  9. Shaved Ice Perfect for Summer

    Shaved Ice


    What do entrepreneurs do when they’re facing excruciating heat with temperatures rising off the charts? They think of ways that they can capitalize on that to make money for their new business. Kirk Powell figured that a shaved ice shop would be just the thing for the summer.

    Opportunity knocks, of course. When you have the ability to serve a town with shaved ice since there’s no Dairy Queen, what better way to do it? “The first few weeks have been awesome. Business has been really good. It’s been better than I expected. I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s such a small town, so you never know. I think people miss Dairy Queen. If Dairy Queen was still around I wouldn’t be doing as well.”

    Honestly, though, when you’re able to offer different products to your people and those products knock it out of the park? That’s where people shine. It’s not about just the name, it’s about the quality that one possesses. And, if you’re selling shaved ice, one can get an ice shaver and some large cubes, then go to town.

    Powell expects to have his food truck in town soon, so that will hopefully make for more sales all around. What would you do with a shaved ice machine, a hot summer, and some space?

  10. Bartenders Guide to Ice

    Ice does two things for drinks: makes them cold and adds water. Bartenders use different kinds of ice to control these factors. In general, the heavier the ice the faster a drink will get cold and the slower it will melt. Ice types with more surface area and lighter weight will melt faster. Shaking or stirring will speed both up. But it’s more complex than that.

    Water type – Impurities in water can affect the taste of ice and the overall drink, so most bars use filtered water. But trapped gases like oxygen can also make ice melt faster and look less appealing. Gourmet ice cubes use special freezing techniques to remove gases so ice is clear and very heavy.

    Cubed – Cubed ice is used in drinks served “on the rocks.” Large heavy cubes add just enough water to the drink to release flavor compounds without diluting the drink too much. However, they aren’t good for shaking or stirring.

    Cracked – Cracked ice is just cubes broke up with a mallet. This is the classic ice for shaking and stirring in cocktails. It chills very quickly. The ice is usually strained out afterward to prevent meltwater from affecting the final product.

    Crushed – Crushed ice in the bar business is much like snow cone ice. This kind of ice is used in certain cocktails like juleps where the goal is to have a very cold drink. Cocktails with crushed ice use a lot of alcohol to make up for how fast the ice melts.

    Blended – What about all those bar blenders you see in the stores? That’s just a way to make crushed ice at home. Better than whacking it with a mallet over and over again!

    Ice ball – The current trend in high-end ice. Bartenders will use special molds for large cubes to make clear ice balls. Some even carve them by hand! Ice balls are even heavier and colder than cubed ice, sometimes filling the whole glass.

     Bartenders Guide to Ice

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