Think all ice is the same? Think again. You would be unwise to put nuggets in a cocktail or cubes in a frozen display. ShortOrder carries Manitowoc ice machines for four basic different types of ice: dice sized cubes, half dice sized cubes, flake ice, and nugget ice. The fact is, different types of ice have very different uses. How should you use each type of ice? Let ShortOrder enlighten you with a tour of Manitowoc ice machines and their many uses.
Dice Sized Cubes
Cubed ice is largely an all-purpose ice. It is used most for single servings of drinks like carbonated beverages, juices, and water. It is also a main component in cocktails and mocktails, both shaken and stirred. These hard, clear ice cubes are best for uses that need slow melting and quick production.
Half Dice Sized Cubes
These little cubes melt more quickly than their full-size counterparts, but are just as effective and refreshing in drinks of all kinds.
Flake ice has many uses, some of which actually go beyond the restaurant world. In the cases of culinary use, they are often best for retail ice displays, as of cold beverages, and in blended beverages like smoothies, blended cocktails, and the perennially-popular slushie. Flake ice is actually a slow-melting ice. Outside of kitchens and bars, it can used in medical settings as well.
Nugget ice is, in a word, crunchable. It is a soft, crushed ice that is easy to chew but whose pieces hard enough to serve without needing to hand-scoop the ice. Nugget ice, like flake ice, can also be put to therapeutic use.
About Manitowoc Ice Machines
Regardless of the type of ice they make, all Manitowoc ice machines are made with strong, quality materials, so they stand up to day-to-day use and abuse in a hectic kitchen. That’s right; Manitowoc ice machines are made to weather the culinary storm. The best ice machines are also efficient. Fortunately, efficiency is one of the things that Manitowoc ice machines do best. Different models support different rates of ice production per 24 hours, depending on your need. Browse ShortOrder’s selection of Manitowoc ice machines today and decide what types of ice your business needs, or call us if you have questions at (800) 211-0282.