I’ll Clean The Ice Machine…. Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Some of the most overlooked items in the kitchen are the spaces in the ice machine that we cannot see. Bacteria in an ice machine can cause the production of a biofilm. In turn, that biofilm causes visible mold. Even in the cold section of the ice machine, bacteria can survive. That bacterial can secrete

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Undercounter Ice Machines  

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Ice is serious business, whether you’re serving fountain drinks or adult beverages. Without a constant, consistent supply of good ice, you can’t keep your customers refreshed. Maybe you have a large ice machine that is inconveniently placed and are looking for something to have on-hand while serving. Undercounter ice machines are designed to fit below

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Time to Buy a New Ice Machine? What to Look for

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Ice machines are one of the ‘grunts’ of the kitchen, constantly in use and long-suffering. It is easy to just keeping using yours until it breaks down and you have to buy a new one. But how do you deal with the sudden lack of ice? Is there a better way to handle the switch?

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Go ‘Beyond the Cube’ with Ice-O-Matic Portal for a New Experience

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Are you usually indifferent to which commercial ice machines you use at your restaurant? We understand that when shopping for new commercial kitchen appliances, your purchase is usually highly influenced by price and product quality; so what if there was a commercial ice machine company that went the extra mile to show you that it

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Unruly Ice Machines? 5 Common Ice Machine Problems and How to Fix Them

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Sometimes ice machines just won’t cooperate. Whether you have too much ice or too little, a leaky unit, or a loud ice maker, ice machine malfunctions can throw a real wrench in the works at your establishment. But don’t worry—ShortOrder is here to help you troubleshoot. Once you’ve checked the obvious culprits (like the ice

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The Numbers Are In! Drink Trend Forecast for 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ice machines! The predictions for 2014 drink trends are in, and trends are surfacing in on-premise sales, new flavor profiles, and fancy additions to cocktails. Some of the drink trends of 2013 are carrying over into the new year, but many brand new ones are surfacing as well. We’re certain

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What Millennials Want from a Drink Menu

Monday, November 11th, 2013

There has been a lot of buzz lately about Millennials’ emerging role in the foodservice industry. They are a unique demographic, clocking in as the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers at 68 million individuals, and consisting of Americans between the ages of 21 and 34. From opting for price-conscious drinks to shaking up new

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What Kind of Ice Machine is Right For Your Hotel?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

If you’re currently in the market for a new ice machine for your hotel, you may find that there are more factors to consider than you could ever have imagined. We know that when selecting the right ice machine for your business, factors such as the machine’s physical dimensions, volume of ice, the types of

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Ice Machines, Spices, and More: Top Drink Trends

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Are you caught up with the most recent trends in the beverage world? Restaurants that don’t change with the times can find themselves a bit low on profit and slow in business, so it’s best to put your ice machines to good use to offer customers trending options when it comes to drinks. This week

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Choosing the Right Ice Machines for Your School

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Ice machines are a vital component of any kitchen, be it in a large restaurant, a mom-and-pop diner, or a school cafeteria. Ice machines are used in schools to chill food in the serving line, as additions to soft drinks, and even in medical capacities. Athletic programs need ice to treat sports injuries, making ice

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How to Update Your Drinks Menu Using Ice Machines and More

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Here at What’s Cooking, we’ve been focusing lately on the benefits of our fantastic ice machines. This week, however, we would like to talk about how you can put them to good use. We are talking, of course, about updating your drinks menu. Why is it important to update your drinks menu? It helps keep

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5 Energy-Saving Tips for Your Ice Machines

Friday, April 19th, 2013

ShortOrder knows that ice machines are vital to your business. Foodservice operations need ice machines for any number of purposes day in and day out, most often requiring ice in large volumes all day, throughout the week. This can result in high costs, not only in terms of ice machine wear, but in energy, as

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Ice Machines: Which One is Right for Your Business?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

If you are evaluating ice machines to purchase a new one for your business, you know that are many options available. So what kind of ice machine’s right for you? The answer depends on several factors, so a little forethought in the beginning when considering ice machines can save you money and a major headache

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Ice Machines Make Favorite Drinks of Famous Authors

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

This week, join ShortOrder and fill up your ice machines to learn about the favorite cocktails of famous American authors. Many writers had a cocktail they were most famous for enjoying; among them were Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Edna St. Vincent Millay, John Steinbeck, and the three gentlemen below. We ask you drink responsibly, and

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Shaken, Not Stirred: Ice Machines for Mocktails

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Ice machines, while useful for every restaurant, can be particularly useful for a restaurant with special drinks on its menu. Ice machines allow a restaurant to have fresh ice available in large quantities at any time. But how to prepare your drinks using an ice machine’s ice? James Bond, the famous fictional British Secret Service

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Scotsman Ice Machines: A Successful and Slightly Secret Ingredient

Monday, February 20th, 2012

There are possibly 10,000 or more secrets to success in the restaurant industry. All sorts of unique ways are devised and implemented in an effort to create ambiance, serve great food and drinks and make customers happier than a kid experiencing their first trip to Disneyland. But perhaps the most basic and simple secret used

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Scotsman Ice Machines: Innovation Under the Hood

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Innovation. When we imagine the advancements in technology today, often we think of mobile phones, social networks, computers, and software. However, one company has been revolutionizing its place in the restaurant equipment industry for over a half century. Scotsman Ice Systems and their high-powered Scotsman Ice Machines have been at the forefront of ice systems

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Scotsman Ice Machines: No Duct Tape Necessary

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Restaurant equipment typically consists of many moving parts. Which means on any given day, that’s just more items that have potential to break, and when you and your employees are on a first name basis with the local repairman, it may not be something to smile about. That is why at Short Order, we strive

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Scotsman Counter Top Ice Makers: Ice Machines a Penguin Would Love

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Last week, Short Order extolled the virtues of the fabulous flake ice Scotsman Ice Machine C0322MA-1B. Today, we feature another extraordinary piece of restaurant equipment in the Scotsman ice machine category, a nugget icemaker, the Scotsman Ice Machine MDT6N90A-1H. This is an extremely reliable counter top ice machine even the emperor penguin would love to

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Ice, Ice Baby—from Scotsman Ice Machines, That Is

Monday, April 18th, 2011

You know how much we love our ice machines at Short Order. Well, we have another reason for extolling the virtues of our Scotsman Ice Machines. Besides the fact that they are resilient, of super quality and efficient, we just discovered a new occasion to cheer. On April 12th, Scotsman Ice Systems was recognized for

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Ice Machines: The Best of the Best

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Any regular readers of this blog (restaurateurs, restaurant equipment enthusiasts, manufacturer moguls, and the supremely bored but otherwise unaffiliated among you) would know that we love our ice machines.  It’s not hard to see why: After all, we here at Short Order provide only the finest restaurant equipment to our customers, and we’re in contact with

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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

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Ice Machines: High Production Units

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

When shopping for new ice machines for your food service operation, we suggest adding 20% to your current usage estimates and purchasing a unit that produces higher output than you think you need today. Look at your commercial kitchen as the backbone of a growing business that will need dependable restaurant equipment to support it

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Manitowoc Ice Machines: Yet More Favorites

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Our love for Manitowoc Ice Machines continues ever onward this week, with this new spotlight on a few additional models that we have yet to acknowledge. And the last thing we want is for these cool (literally) S-Series machines to go without recognition. We’ve just been busy testing and enjoying all the other dozens of

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Ice Machines: A Restaurant Necessity

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Whether you’re running a bar, diner, coffee shop or restaurant, ice machines are must-have restaurant equipment. There’s no better way to efficiently produce a large amount of ice cubes in an affordable way. Buying bags of ice is expensive, and an employee must be tasked with going out and getting more every time the supply

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Guide to Buying Ice Machines

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

There are a lot of different factors when deciding which of the ice machines is best for you. This Guide to Buying Ice Machines includes some helpful tips to ensure you make the best choice: Ice machines are a critical component to the foodservice operator. They are expensive to buy, operate and maintain, but cheaper

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Ice as a Food: Commercial Ice Machines in the Home

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Lavender-infused cocktails, Croatian truffles, flatbread, bite-size desserts — and now it seems the latest in trendy food is… ice. Believe it or not, ice is considered a food by many frozen-water connoisseurs. According to a recent article in the New York Times, some people are so into ice as a food that they purchase commercial

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Ice machines need winter checkups

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Ice machines work all year Even restaurant equipment buyers don’t usually think of shopping for ice machines in the heart of winter. But the fact is that a typical foodservice or culinary operation never stops leaning on its ice machines. Even in cold weather, customers need ice in their drinks and cooks need ice to

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Scotsman Ice Machines Win 2007 National Restaurant Association Award

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Scotsman Ice Machines was awarded a 2007 Kitchen Innovations Award from the National Restaurant Association for their Prodigy Cube Ice Machine. The Scotsman Prodigy Ice Machine is considered one of the best ice machines on the commercial restaurant equipment market. The Scotsman Prodigy, with its high-tech self-monitoring system, was featured in live demonstrations during the

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Ice, Ice Baby

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Ice machines are a critical component to the foodservice operator. They are expensive to buy, operate and maintain, but also a necessity. What do you need to know before diving in to this big purchase? Some considerations would be: type of ice machine operating costs reliability size water or air cooled remote or self contained

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