Why Ice Makers Are a Good Party Toy
In my recent visit to the local pub I was indeed impressed by their ice machine churning out ice in rapid succession. Gone are the days of using ice trays, keeping them in the freezer for 24 hours and waiting for them to solidify ready for usage in cocktails and other beverages. These ice makers are ideal for a busy bar or pub that are in constant demand for drinks on a Friday or Saturday night. The summer periods also require there to be a consistent flow of ice, seeing that many would prefer to cool down with their favourite tipple and a few chunks of ice.
So how do ice makers work and are they exclusive to catering companies? Well the answer to the latter question is no, they are available for home use as well as in businesses. Therefore, it is a matter of knowing which one to select and purchase. It is always a good idea to do some research into the different kinds of ice makers available for home purchasing, because if it is a good quality ice maker you are looking for then you would need to know what constitutes a good quality ice making machine.
First thing to understand about an ice maker is that there are two different types, an ice-cuber and an ice flaker. These are both good for making cocktails, iced beverages or anything that may or may not require a large amount of ice. In some instances both the cuber and flaker can be used to produce a lot of flaked ice in drinks. Ice flakers however, are better suited for slush puppies or ice makers countertop cocktails.
The ice maker works on the same principle as making normal ice cubes, this is done by pouring water in the machine or the moulds then releasing the ice cubes within minutes into ice cube hoppers. The difference is of course, that you do not have to wait hours upon hours for them to solidify.
Some public establishments require the ice to have a certain look to it, such as producing very clear ice cubes or having them in a specific shape. The only way to produce a ‘designer’ ice cube such as this is to use an ice maker that sprays water upwards into specially shaped moulds and is then very swiftly frozen. The clear consistency is achieved because the upward motion of the water spraying forces all of the impurities in the water to drop before it is frozen in the moulded shape. The result is a stylish looking ice cube, which is both clear and tough which means they take longer to melt.