Since we think ice machines are so important yet often overlooked, Restaurant Source is having a huge blowout sale on all Scotsman Ice Machines through June 30th! As a restaurant owner and therefore the one who makes these purchasing decisions, I always love a good sale! Plus, you don’t want to wait until it’s too late and your ice machine breaks, forcing you to have to tell your customers that they must consume their drink at a luke warm temperature…
When purchasing an ice machine, you must take into account the shape you would like the ice to be. Scotsman offers machines that make various shapes including ice cubes, ice flakes or ice nuggets so you can choose which option is best for your establishment needs. 80% of restaurants choose cuber ice machines, however if you’re mainly using the ice for something other then chilling drinks, you may want to go with a different option.
- Nugget Ice – Ideal for bar fountain beverages, blended cocktails, salad bars, produce displays and therapeutic uses. Nugget ice is a versatile, slow melting ice. It cools drinks rapidly without foaming and is ideal for therapeutic use and patient care. Nugget ice allows for high liquid displacement which equals less product usage and therefore increased profits.
- Flaked Ice – Ideal for produce, seafood and meat displays, blended cocktails, salad bars and therapeutic uses. Flaked ice is composed of dry flakes which cool more quickly than other ice forms. Flaked ice molds to any shape for use in displays and salad bars. This type of ice is ideal for health care facility use and in therapeutic/patient care.
- Cubed Ice – Ideal for mixed drinks, carbonated beverages, ice dispensing, ice displays, ice retailing and banquet services. This is the most popular type of ice used in restaurants.
Maybe you don’t need a full ice machine, but your bar or other ice-necessary location is separate from your kitchen and you don’t want to continuously transport your ice. Not to worry, there is a cheaper solution then purchasing another complete ice machine at Restaurant Source! Scotsman also offers ice dispensers, ice bins and undercounter ice machines for smaller areas or additional locations.
What’s your favorite ice shape? Bet you never thought you would ever be asked that! My favorite type of ice is those miniature little ice cubes that are about the size of a sugar cube!