Manitowoc Ice Machines: Easy To Clean

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The purchase of restaurant equipment is a huge investment, particularly when you select high quality, brand name equipment such as Manitowoc ice machines. But what you may pay for in dollars (and at ShortOrder we guarantee to offer the best prices available anywhere on all of our products) comes back to your food service kitchen in terms of convenience and quality. Enjoy years of high-production services from units like the Manitowoc Ice Machine Model SD-0452A, which produces up to 450 pounds of dice-sized cube ice every 24 hours. That’s a quarter ton of fresh ice to serve customers of your restaurant, bar or institution (these high-production machines are ideal for use in the commercial kitchens of hospitals, university dining halls and nursing homes).

To get the most out of an investment like Manitowoc ice machines, proper maintenance is necessary. This includes cleaning the unit as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Luckily, Manitowoc ice machines are equipped with special features that help cut down on how often you need to clean the machine, while making it as easy as possible to get the job done when the time comes.

With all ice machines, there are a couple main issues that must be addressed with cleaning. The first is slime in the ice machine. This condition is well-known to those of us in the food service industry, and it actually refers to a build up of mold that occurs in cool, moist places. You can imagine that an ice machine is absolutely ideal for this type of mold to thrive! To remove the slime, be sure to wipe down surfaces of your unit on a regular basis, and ensure that the internal workings are clean.

Some manufacturers, including Manitowoc, actually produce a sodium chloride sachet you can slide into a compartment on the door of the unit. This sachet helps inhibit mold growth in high-yeast environments, actually reducing the frequency of cleaning. It’s just one more way that Manitowoc ice machines pay you back with extra benefits and convenience. This is some particularly easy-to-clean restaurant equipment, and restaurant operators know that time is a scarce resource in our busy kitchens.

Next week, we’ll move on to address the second major issue of ice machine cleanliness. See you then!

Manitowoc Ice Machines: A Written Roundup

Monday, October 18th, 2010

If you’re a regular reader of this space, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Manitowoc ice machines.  Huge fans, in fact.  Fans to the point that our fingers will occasionally go numb from typing up love letters to the incredible durability and efficiency of Manitowoc ice machines in this very blog.  Well, either our fingers go numb from that, or they go numb from always reaching in our ice machine to grab another handful of perfectly crafted, deliciously frozen half-dice ice cubes.

If you’re a particular dutiful reader of this space, you’ll know that Manitowoc ice machines hail (groan) from the delightfully pleasant, delightfully chilly burg of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  That’s right!  The name is not made up.  Manitowoc (the city) has a rich and fascinating history, which involves waves of German, British, Canadian, Irish, and Norwegian immigrants settling the area.  The two greatest moments, however, come with the inception of Manitowoc Ice in 1964 and the crash of the Soviet satellite Sputnik in 1962.  That’s right, the Sputnik, that famed first shot into space, crash-landed in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, of all places.  There’s a cast of the satellite on display in a museum there, and the mark of the crash is dutifully highlighted using a metal disc.  The city even holds Sputnikfest to honor the collision, the first one of which was held in 2008.  Nifty!

If you’re positively obsessive reader of this space, you’ll know that this intrepid blogger once penned a (true!) story about encountering a Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A in a Mexican restaurant while breakfasting on bean and cheese tacos.  That’s neither here nor there, we suppose, but we’d just like to point out that that was quite a “moment,” both to live and to write about.  And also to demonstrate our passion for ice, which is deep and warm—but not hot, because that would melt stuff.

Looking for other restaurant equipment?  Check out our site—we’ve got scads of it!


Ice Machines: A Comparison

Monday, October 11th, 2010

When you’re looking for ice machines that can do it all, you know where to look.  (Actually, by “do it all,” we mean “make incredibly large quantities of ice in an efficient and rapid fashion,” but we think “do it all” has a nicer ring to it.)  We have a wide array of ice machines available from a variety of trusted manufacturers.  No matter what size your restaurant’s kitchen and overall capacity is, we have a product that will be able to adequately fit your needs.  From massive workhorses to compact models, we have something for everyone here at Short Order.

We carry models made exclusively by manufacturers we trust.  Two such manufacturers are Scotsman and Hoshizaki, both of whom make excellent products at reasonable rates.  However, we’re going to focus on two other ice machine makers today.  Those are Manitowoc and Ice O Matic.

Manitowoc Ice Machines

Manitowoc ice machines are the industry leaders, the gold standard, the flagship product—insert praise here.  Much ink has been spilled on their excellence, and with good reason.  Manitowoc products come with an excellent warranty and are worth every penny when it comes to dependability and efficiency.

Ice O Matic Ice Machines

While Manitowoc ice machines might get all the What’s Cooking love (or, at least, most of it), Ice O Matic ice machines are right up there in overall quality.  Whether you’re looking for full-dice or half-dice cubes (no small matter of consideration when dealing with ice aficionados such as ourselves), Ice O Matic products will deliver time and again.

Sometimes, however, you may not be looking for something to chill your drinks.  Sometimes you want something to fry your onion rings.  Other times you want something to melt your cheese.  The last thing we want to do is tell you what you need.  That’s why we have an extensive range of restaurant equipment for you to choose from.  We’re not pushy types over here!

Commercial Microwaves

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Commercial microwaves are incredibly useful in the restaurant kitchen.  Though many fly under the radar in the restaurant kitchen of popular imaginations (you know, below the ubiquitous ice machines, griddles, and ranges), they’re every bit as important those more renowned pieces of equipment.  True restaurateurs, those who have been around the block and know that running a top-notch kitchen takes efficiency as well as attention to detail, prize commercial microwaves for their speed, versatility, and unique ability to make everything run more smoothly.

A good commercial microwave, such as Panasonic microwaves or Amana microwaves, will make a restaurant operate more smoothly in a number of ways.  Complex preparations don’t need to be as precisely orchestrated for everything to come out nice and toasty, since you can heat elements of it up just before serving.  Large quantities of water can also be heated with ease, and frozen foods can be thawed.   A commercial microwave will make everything a little bit simpler, which is a great thing to have in the hectic work environment that is a restaurant kitchen.

Panasonic Microwaves

We’ve got a great selection of these highly rated heating implements in our stock.  One is sure to fit your kitchen’s unique requirements.  They range from the efficient, compact Panasonic Microwave Oven NE-1258 to the heavy-duty, versatile Panasonic Commercial Steamer NE-3280, which handles both microwaving and steaming needs.  No matter which one you ultimately choose to go with, however, know that you’re getting a quality product that will get the job done every time.

We’re big fans of commercial microwaves, sure, but we also understand that there are a host of other pieces of restaurant equipment you might need for your kitchen more.  If that’s the case, or if you’d simply like to peruse, feel free to check our our large selection of restaurant equipment.

Amana Microwaves: Spotlight

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Amana microwaves are a very popular item, humming and heating food to perfection in home kitchens all across this fine country.  You, intrepid reader, might even have one in your very own home.  What you might not be so familiar with is that Amana also makes top-notch restaurant equipment, including a line of heavy-duty microwaves tailored for kitchens of all sizes and volumes.  Like we typically do with these posts, we’ll discuss some of the virtues of the manufacturer and product line in general (in this case being Amana microwaves), then highlight some of the features of specific models.

If you’ll recall, last time out, we waxed poetic (we’re permitting ourselves a little literary license here) on the virtues of Panasonic microwaves.  Like their Panasonic counterparts, Amana microwaves are made with precision and attention to detail.  They’re long-lasting, high-quality products, designed to withstand the pressures and stresses of heavily trafficked commercial kitchens the world over.  We’re very fond of Amana microwaves, bestowing upon them some of our highest accolades.

A majority of the Amana microwave models we sell, for example, are given a 5-star rating by our editors here at Short Order.  That’s the highest rating we give out.  What’s more, many of these microwaves have further been designated an Editor’s Choice, which means we consider them to be particularly spectacular models.  Finally, a number of our Amana microwaves are voted Best in Class by Food Service Equipment Supplies Magazine, providing third-party validity to our lofty ratings.

All three of these accolades are bestowed upon the Amana Combiwave Oven ACE14, a model characterized by its user-friendly controls, stainless-steel exterior, and high batch volume and efficiency.  The Amana Combiwave Oven ACE14 is just one of many such excellent pieces of restaurant equipment we have for sale here at Short Order.  No matter what you’re looking to get done in your restaurant kitchen, we have products that can help.

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