Nugget Ice

  1. Countertop Ice Makers Offer Nugget Ice Anywhere

    Scotsman Leads the Way with the MDT Series

    If you’ve never considered the ways in which ice can positively or negatively affect your business, then you probably haven’t done a great deal of research. In our March Madness “Best Ice Ever” Tournament, we proved that there are clearly some ice styles that are preferred over others.  Nugget Ice (known affectionately as Sonic Ice and Hospital Ice by its followers) is the preferred ice of the people, and since it was created over 30 years ago by Scotsman Ice Systems, this ice has grown in popularity at an incredible rate. Scotsman now offers more countertop ice makers that make and dispense nugget ice than ever before, and owning one can be greatly beneficial to your establishment.

    Countertop ice makers differ from standard ice machines and undercounter ice makers in a few ways. They make, store, and dispense ice from one compact unit. Though they are smaller, they generally have the ability to create a great deal of ice per day (500+ pounds) because they are constantly creating ice as it is dispensed. Most countertop ice makers dispense water too, and all of the following ice makers mentioned in this article are operated “hands-free”. Users simply place a glass or container beneath the appropriate spout and ice or water is dispensed automatically. Countertop ice makers are not flawless however, as they offer very limited storage space. These units cannot house hundreds of pounds of ice that commercial ice bins have the ability to store.

    The following countertop ice makers are perfect for cafeterias, offices, health care facilities, hospitals, and cafes. These units are incredibly versatile since they do not need a lot of room to operate effectively. Here are Scotsman’s top countertop ice makers:

    Scotsman MDT2C12A Countertop Cubelet Ice MakerMDT2C12A

    This countertop ice maker is classified as a “cubelet ice maker”. This ice form is similar to nugget ice in size, shape, and texture. Cubelet ice is a bit harder than nugget ice however, and is not as well known for its chewable nature. The MDT2C12A-1A can make up to 273 pounds of ice per day and stores 12 pounds of ice when filled completely.  Users can select whether they want this countertop ice maker to dispense ice, water, or a combination of both. Unlike other ice makers from the MDT Series, this unit features one spout that serves water and ice. Other ice makers feature two spouts, which allows users the freedom to choose their ratio of ice to water. The MDT2C12A-1A measures less than 16 inches wide, making it one of the slimmest countertop ice makers available*.


    MDT5N25A

    The MDT5N25A is one of Scotsman’s most popular countertop ice makers. It makes up to 523 pounds of nugget ice on a daily basis and stores 26 pounds when filled completely. The MDT5N25A measures 26 inches wide and stands 41 inches tall.* Unlike the ice maker mentioned above, the MDT5N25A features two spouts – one for dispensing ice, one for dispensing water, so users can choose how much ice and how much water they desire. Hands-free countertop ice makers like this improve sanitation as well since the user is not required to touch the machine to access the ice or water they desire, making them an excellent addition in the doctor’s office or hospital.


    MDT5N40A

    This countertop ice maker is the next step up from the MDT5N25A. There are only a few differences between the MDT5N25A and the MDT5N40A however. Both make the same amount of nugget ice per day (523 pounds). The MDT5N40 can store a greater amount of ice with its 40 pound storage capacity, and it measures only a few inches taller than the MDT5N25A at 48.5 inches. The two measure the same width- 26 inches wide.* The larger storage capacity of the MDT5N40A is helpful if your ice maker sees a lot of its use at one point during the day (say, at lunchtime, or to start the day.) This way, more people are served, and fewer are left waiting for ice to be created.


    MDT6N90A

    Scotsman MDT6N90 Countertop Ice Maker

    This countertop nugget ice maker is essentially “The Big One” from Scotsman, with the ability to make over 700 pounds of nugget ice in a 24 hour period. The MDT6N90A best suits establishments where the ice maker sees non-stop, round-the-clock use. Hospitals and health care facilities that are required to be in operation 24 hours a day will benefit greatly from this ice maker. The MDT6N90A also has the largest storage capacity out of any of these ice makers, with the ability to hold up to 90 pounds of nugget ice when filled to capacity. It is not incredibly large either, measuring 35 inches wide and 45.75 inches tall.


    *Note- Scotsman recommends that all of these countertop ice makers have at least six inches of clearance at the back, left, and right sides to create ice effectively. This allows air to be taken in and released freely, and promotes more consistent ice making. All of these countertop ice makers operate via a 115V electrical connection.

    If you require a countertop ice maker for your business, these Scotsman units are at the top of the line. The nugget ice produced is a customer favorite, and your employees will undoubtedly love the upgrade from the boring, square cube. If you lack counter space, consider adding the stand that Scotsman provides for these countertop ice makers, the DMS21S-B. Scotsman’s countertop ice makers make a great deal of ice on a daily basis, and require very little space to operate. Very few countertop ice makers compare to those from Scotsman’s MDT Series.

  2. What Separates Your Convenience Store from the Rest?

    Circle KPeople will shop at your convenience store for a number of reasons. The first, of course, is your location. Are you indeed convenient to the people you’re serving? But, how do people make the choice between one convenience store and another if it’s just as convenient to go to both? It honestly comes down to the little things.

    One of the convenience stores in our area serves a dynamite pizza, and they get plenty of patrons coming into their location because the food is just top-notch. Another thrives on having two types of countertop ice dispensers. They have a nugget ice dispenser and a full cube ice dispenser available so that their customers have the choice.

    In fact, a countertop ice dispenser can be paired with custom syrups for sodas, as well as slushes and other drinks. Syrups are easily available, and all it takes is the right ice machine to really make it happen. The only limitation is the imagination that it takes to come up with new drinks and new options for the people who come into the store.

    Convenience store ice machines might not be the most glamorous, but they pave the way for patrons to get the drinks that spark their imagination and drive.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. Chew That Ice!

    Chew That Ice!Nugget ice is made for chewing.  As described by this article in Insider Louisville, “Nugget ice, like the kind you get from some gas station ice dispensers, is light and soft and the holy grail of ice for people who like to chomp on it.” 

    We’re all about getting people to purchase nugget ice machines for their restaurants and bars.  It’s refreshing to know that there are those out there who are creating new and improved alcoholic drinks for the wonderfully crunchy ice.

    Just think about it, margaritas definitely aren’t the same when you’re putting it with cube, half cube, or crescent.  It’s not right when you use flake ice for a bourbon on the rocks.  Choosing the right ice is just as important as choosing the right liquor for the drinks.

    So, when you’re thinking about nugget ice, think about the chewability of your next margarita recipe or daiquiri recipe, as you can use nugget ice to really get things going.  Better yet, it’s time to pull out your personal creativity and start crafting new drinks like the folks mentioned in the Insider Louisville article.

    The best qualities of nugget ice are brought out when it’s put in contact with alcohol.  Think about it when you’re setting up your next round. 

  6. Crunch Ice Anytime with a Home Pearl Ice Machine

    pearl ice Having a pearl ice machine in your home means that you can get deliciously prepared crushed ice at any time of the day or night.  It means that you don’t have to worry about getting dressed to go down to the store or down to Sonic just to get a cup of cubes (yes, there are some people who do that).  By getting your own pearl ice machine you’re avoiding the middleman and taking control of your ice destiny.

    One of the ways to make your home office feel more like an office is to have an ice machine available there in conjunction with the ice machine that you have on the fridge.  Ice for your ‘work’ self and ice for your ‘home’ self.  For that true office feeling, put in an Ice-O-Matic GEMD270 pearl ice machine which gives you all the volume that you would need, all with a convenient dispenser.

    You’ve been told that you have to drink more water.  Having ice on hand makes water taste just that much better, encouraging people to drink more.  We love how the pearl ice crunches under our teeth, and that crunchability doesn’t change when we’re at home. More ice water means that you’re flushing your body of more toxins.

    Pearl ice is also great for those frozen libations that you might want to have on the weekend.  We can see them going well with margaritas and daiquiris.  Pleasing guests is always easier when you have the best equipment and the best ice on hand.  That’s the biggest reason to have pearl ice with you - for pleasing other people.

    There are more reasons to have a pearl ice machine in your home.  You deserve the best, and frankly that’s the best reason of all.

     

  7. Do you Like to Chew Ice?

    Chewable Ice 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 the ice much easier to chew. It also cools things quickly, but melts much faster, than normal ice.

    If you have ever been to a Sonic drive-in restaurant, you’ve had this kind of ice. In fact, many people call this kind of ice Sonic ice. Pellet ice is also popular in hospital settings because ill people have an easier time chewing or sucking on it. It is also more difficult to choke on pellet ice.

    If you’re considering pellet ice for your business, we have a wide range of machines to choose from. Check out our selection today.

  8. Try Nugget Ice in One of these 200+ Smoothie Recipes

    Smoothie Recipes There are several things that you can slip into smoothies, and nugget ice is one of the best.  No calories, takes up significant volume, and chills all at the same time.  And, if you’re using nugget ice in your smoothies, you’re already starting with a product that people love.

    Smoothies and slushies are really good for the summer months, but you can also find them around in the wintertime.  Very little can beat being inside and slurping on a wonderful slushie while watching the snow outside, in a warm room of course. 

    We’ve brought together several selections of smoothies that can call for nugget ice instead of regular cubes.  Experiment with the quantity until you find just the right balance of tasty treat and cool ice.

    Here are 20 super healthy smoothie recipes from Prevention magazine.

    Food.com gathered 50 smoothie recipes for your reading pleasure.  It gives you the short and sweet of it.

    What about Greatist?  They have 54 smoothie recipes that have been gathered from all over the web. 

    Where would we be without Realsimple?  Here are 10 recipe ideas for smoothies.

    Interested in health?  Here are the best 15 healthy smoothies from Averie Cooks.  You’re sure to find some great uses for nugget ice there.

    So, what do you think about nugget ice, now?  You can use it for all of your smoothie recipe and ice needs. 

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  9. How to Increase Bar Profits with Your Ice Machine

    Bar PictureIce machines are the silent (or perhaps not so silent if they need repair!) partners behind the bar.  They are always there, producing pound after pound of ice for mixed drinks and cold buckets of beer.  Whether you have an undercounter ice machine that produces full dice cubes or a gourmet ice machine (or both), it’s always there for you. 

    How can your bar’s ice machine make your bar more money?

    1. Increases the volume of drinks

    It’s a well-known fact that bartenders will use a little more ice in the drink so that they can use a little less alcohol.  There’s quite a fine line between a great drink and a watered down one, and as a bar or restaurant owner, it’s best to skirt that line whenever possible.

    1. Crushed ice for slushies

    If you don’t already have a Spaceman USA frozen slushy or margarita machine, you can use pearl ice and nugget ice to make delicious additions to your bar.  The best bartenders are always experimenting with new drinks. Why not think about slushies?

    1. Craft Sodas

    Craft sodas are an excellent way to increase the profits at your bar.  The gourmet ice that you add from the undercounter Hoshizaki or Ice-O-Matic enhances the bubbles immensely.  Besides, you already have soda water on hand.

    Everything within your bar, including the ice machine, has the potential of bringing you profit.  There’s nothing stopping you from creating new offerings that blow your patrons away.  

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  10. How to Increase Bar Profits with Your Ice Machine

    Bar Picture Ice machines are the silent (or perhaps not so silent if they need repair!) partners behind the bar.  They are always there, producing pound after pound of ice for mixed drinks and cold buckets of beer.  Whether you have an undercounter ice machine that produces full dice cubes or a gourmet ice machine (or both), it’s always there for you. 

    How can your bar’s ice machine make your bar more money?

    1. Increases the volume of drinks

    It’s a well-known fact that bartenders will use a little more ice in the drink so that they can use a little less alcohol.  There’s quite a fine line between a great drink and a watered down one, and as a bar or restaurant owner, it’s best to skirt that line whenever possible.

    1. Crushed ice for slushies

    If you don’t already have a Spaceman USA frozen slushy or margarita machine, you can use pearl ice and nugget ice to make delicious additions to your bar.  The best bartenders are always experimenting with new drinks. Why not think about slushies?

    1. Craft Sodas

    Craft sodas are an excellent way to increase the profits at your bar.  The gourmet ice that you add from the undercounter Hoshizaki or Ice-O-Matic enhances the bubbles immensely.  Besides, you already have soda water on hand.

    Everything within your bar, including the ice machine, has the potential of bringing you profit.  There’s nothing stopping you from creating new offerings that blow your patrons away.  

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