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Which is the best ice maker? Everything you need to know

Which is the best ice maker?

ICE MACHINES

Ice is more than just water frozen into a solid state. You can get different types of shapes with ice for drinking, from the weather and it can even go off if left too long in your freezer at home or in your shops and restaurants. Find out more about ice machines in this blog!

WHAT AN ICE MACHINE IS

An icemaker, ice generator, or ice machine may refer to either a consumer device for making ice, found inside a home freezer; a stand-alone appliance for making ice, or an industrial machine for making ice on a large scale. The term “ice machine” usually refers to the stand-alone appliance. 

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While ice makers can vary from model to model, they operate on similar principles. In this blog we will address how an ice maker operates as well as potential problems you may encounter.

Three requirements for ice maker operation are incoming voltage, water supply and temperature. ice makers use 120 volts of alternating current to fill the tray and eject the ice cubes during the ice making process although the temperature may vary when the appropriate temperature is reached voltage is sent to the water inlet valve which opens and allows water to flow into the ice makers tray where the water begins to freeze.

When the ice maker detects that the cubes of water are sufficiently frozen the cubes are ejected into a storage bin and it is important that over days and weeks (especially after lockdown had ended) that the ice is replaced as it can go off.

The ice maker refills with water and the cycle continues until the storage bin is filled so do not forget to regularly check how it is running when more ice is needed in the upcoming future. common problems that can occur are the ice cubes being too small, hollowice machines and makers, or old and the ice maker can also not be making ice at all.

The best models:

  • Best ice maker overall: Frigidaire EFIC108 Compact Ice Maker.
  • Best stowable ice maker: Vremi Countertop Ice Maker.
  • Best high-output countertop ice maker: NewAir Portable Ice Maker.
  • Best portable nugget ice maker: FirstBuild Opal Nugget Countertop Ice Maker.

Safety for customers

Manufacturers of ice machines recognize the biofilm phenomenon and have engineered units that minimize its formation and facilitate its removal. Clean ice, clean ice storage bins and sanitary handling practices are the key to improving the product quality.  

The regulatory community has become more aware of the potential for contamination and is now asking questions as part of the inspection process regarding frequency and methods of routine sanitation, and operations and maintenance in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.

When ice machines are inspected, it is clear that many are not cleaned and sanitized very often, if ever. Mold and slime buildup inside them is quite visible. Numerous studies show that dirty, contaminated ice is more common than people think.

When heading back to work, you may notice an odd smell or flavour in your ice cubes. To help reduce this, try washing the ice bit to get rid of the odours that may be transferring to the ice. You can also pour a cleaning solution into the ice reservoir for a more thorough cleaning of the machine. Also follow your manufacturers guidelines consider installing a filter for the water twice every year and your ice maker should be running great for years to come!

The sanitary handling of ice. All workers who handle ice should be taught the following precautions:

•    Wash hands before obtaining ice.

•    Hold the ice scoop by the handle and do not touch other parts of the scoop.

•    Do not handle the ice with hands.

•    Do not return unused ice to ice storage chest or ice machine.

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The sanitation of equipment. The following practices should be part of the facility’s operations:

•    Keep the access doors to ice storage chests and ice machines closed except when removing ice.

•    Ice scoops should be smooth and protected against contact with contaminated surfaces such as floors, access door handles, service carts and non-food contact surfaces, to cite a few examples. Scoops should be kept on an uncovered stainless steel, impervious plastic or fiberglass tray when not in use. The tray and scoop should be cleaned daily in the kitchen scullery dishwasher.

•    Remove all extraneous equipment and items from around or in the ice storage chests and ice-making machines, and if possible, limit access to them.

•    Clean the ice storage chests on preferably a weekly schedule, but no less than monthly.

•    Consider routine microbiologic sampling of the ice and ice contact surfaces of the machine. Although this is not necessary, it can provide guidance on cleaning frequency and methods.

 

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Refrigeration Tricks & Tips – Display Fridge

Refrigeration Tricks & Tips

 

When purchasing a new fridge you need to be considerate of a few things in order to make sure that the display fridge is operating efficiently.

Firstly, keeping your fridge clean will certainly help to keep your food fresh. Cleaning up spills will ensure the fridge is dirt free and your door continues to seal properly. A solution of bicarbonate of soda and warm water to clean the interior, shelves, and a seal is highly recommended. It will also remove any odours left behind by food and eradicate any stubborn stains on your shelving and storage compartments.

Toothpaste is brilliant for scrubbing up dull seals enabling them to have a glistening look with an immaculate shine. 

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Overfilling your appliance will have some detrimental effects on your fridge. This is because it will reduce the capability of cool air to move amongst the food and reduce its efficiency. Also,  thawing frozen food in the fridge compartment will help to keep the temperature low and save energy. 

One key tip that seems to go unnoticed is rotating the food in your fridge. This is very effective as having the food with the closest expiry date at the front will help to decrease the amount of wasted food. Rotation of food in the fridge will also help to save you money on replacing your food and on your energy bill; you can easily access food quickly without leaving the door open for extended periods of time.

Poor maintenance can increase condensing temperature or reduce evaporating temperature by several degrees, resulting in an increase in energy use of up to 10%.

For some organisations refrigeration costs can represent over 50 per cent of their energy bill, which could be a huge cost for small businesses who can’t afford to incur those kinds of costs. Hence, a modern and energy-efficient refrigeration system will help to cut costs on your energy bill. Reducing air infiltration is a good method to keep the refrigeration systems maintained to a good standard. This can be done by improving door management, using night blinds or strip curtains and switching off lights in the cooled space.

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One key tip that seems to go unnoticed is rotating the food in your fridge. This is very effective as having the food with the closest expiry date at the front will help to decrease the amount of wasted food. Rotation of food in the fridge will also help to save you money on replacing your food and on your energy bill; you can easily access food quickly without leaving the door open for extended periods of time.

Furthermore, another key tip for optimal refrigeration is to protect your fridge from high heat sources. This is due to the fact that the compressor kicks into high gear when it’s near sources of heat. Not only does this cause your fridge to work harder, it’s a waste of energy and may even shorten the lifespan of the appliance. 

   

Thus, when you are initially designing your kitchen try to keep your refrigerator away from the: oven, dishwasher and any other appliance that may omit high levels of heat. It’s also smart to keep it out of prolonged amounts of direct sunlight in order to prevent it from working in overdrive. 

Therefore, if you haven’t been looking after your refrigeration systems why not get Pretty Cool Customers to look after your kit with a preventative maintenance contract.

If you need any more Display Fridge advice or maintenance then please contact us today!

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One key tip that seems to go unnoticed is rotating the food in your fridge. This is very effective as having the food with the closest expiry date at the front will help to decrease the amount of wasted food. Rotation of food in the fridge will also help to save you money on replacing your food and on your energy bill; you can easily access food quickly without leaving the door open for extended periods of time.

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One key tip that seems to go unnoticed is rotating the food in your fridge. This is very effective as having the food with the closest expiry date at the front will help to decrease the amount of wasted food. Rotation of food in the fridge will also help to save you money on replacing your food and on your energy bill; you can easily access food quickly without leaving the door open for extended periods of time.

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