Different Ices: Manitowoc Ice Machines Mix It Up!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

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

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 be used in medical settings as well.

Nugget Ice

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.

Hey Good Lookin’!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Is there anything better looking than an ice machine full of fresh cold ice when the customers are lining up outside your door? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, when the beholder is the owner of a successful restaurant like yours, sometimes the “sight for sore eyes” takes the boxy shape of a stainless steel machine designed to make ice–and lots of it. Just check out this super sexy product video from Manitowoc Ice Machines and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

Our website offers no less than four pages of Manitowoc Ice Machines, featuring a variety of models with just about every combination of features possible, each with an excellent rating. Topping this list and earning our Editor’s Choice award, is the Indigo™Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1. With this stunning model, you get an amazing space-saving design, intelligent diagnostics, programmable ice production, and a Duratech™ stainless finish that resists fingerprints and dirt. Who wouldn’t want brains, beauty and durability all in one package? And this little wonder still produces up to 350 lbs of ice each day. But if you are looking for volume, you’ll bat your eyes at the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-1402A/B-970/208/1, which produces a respectable 1500 pounds of ice per day and includes all the same great features that are expected in high quality Manitowoc Ice Machines.

When it comes to restaurant equipment, there may be nothing more important than a reliable ice maker. Just imagine serving your customers water, sodas or beer at room temperature. You’d soon become a laughing stock. Don’t wait until your old ice maker breaks down and you have to open on bag after sloppy bag of ice while you wait for the mechanic to diagnose and finally fix the problem. Just take a look at our Manitowoc Ice Machines product line, and you’re sure to find the perfect match.

Manitowoc Ice Machines: A Cool Choice

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

It is only spring and an unexpected heat wave is seizing your town with an unheard of fiery grip. The news media is touting it as “unheralded” and “record breaking.” As luck would have it all the other restaurant equipment has been working just fine, and now that blasted ice machine is on the fritz again. No amount of MacGyver-like magic seems to fix it this time, and your employees are ferrying in half melted bags of ice by the truckload. And although you might be wearing a parka while reading this, it is never too late to replace that dinosaur of an ice machine, or buy a new one that lasts. One of the more popular brands to consider is our line of Manitowoc Ice Machines.

You swore to yourself that before summer you would look into purchasing a new ice machine for your establishment. With Manitowoc Ice Machines, you don’t need to worry about circuitry failures or broken parts. With Manitowoc, you pretty much just set it and forget it, heat wave or ice storm. When patrons come in to your place all clamoring for something cold and refreshing you will be able to give them a frosty cold beverage every time. From dice-sized ice production and nugget ice makers to small under-counter ice cubers and the Manitowoc Ice Machine ID-1402A/B-970/208/1which produces a whopping 1500 pounds of ice in 24 hours – Manitowoc has ice covered.

Because you never know when subpar restaurant equipment might take the week off, or when freakish and unseasonable weather might strike, its best to be prepared. When it comes to ice, Manitowoc Ice Machines will keep you and your beverages looking and feeling very cool.

Manitowoc Ice Machines: Admiring Ice Production

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Ice is pretty important. You can skate on it; build an igloo and cute little sculptures out of it. It’s not all that fun to drive on, or scrape off car windows, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we need ice. In fact, try running your establishment for just one day without any ice and you’ll notice its importance really quickly. From making tasty iced teas and iced coffees to chilling hors d’ oeuvres, blending the perfect cocktail and using in meat displays, you will likely need ice and lot’s of it. For that, Short Order carries such a nice selection of cool (yes, pun intended) Manitowoc Ice Machines that it would make a penguin happy.

Of course, any restaurant equipment is only cool if it is well built, reliable, and efficient. Manitowoc Ice Machines are widely considered one of the most reliable in the market place and available service reports rate them highly. They also utilize a system that efficiently minimizes water wasted and the cost to produce ice. All Manitowoc Ice Machines are made to be durable.

In fact, with the IndigoManitowoc Ice Machine ID-0322A/208/1, you get an amazing space-saving design, intelligent diagnostics, programmable ice production, and a Duratech stainless finish that resists fingerprints and dirt. With up to 350 lbs of daily ice production, you probably could build an igloo too. Now, if you’re trying to build a village of igloos or just need substantially more ice for your food service operations, the IndigoManitowoc Ice Machine IY-1004A/208/1, produces a walloping 1,020 pounds of ice production per day and includes all the same great features that are expected in a high quality ice machine.

At Short Order, whether its making ice sculptures or a playground for penguins, we believe that what you do with your restaurant equipment is your business. But, when it comes to high-quality and reliability we have you covered. 

The Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A is a top-notch piece of ice-making, restaurant kitchen-pleasing piece of restaurant equipment from Manitowoc, the leader in ice machine technology.  This particular model, a nifty head-and-bin combo number, churns out a cool (actually frozen (groan)) 325 pounds of ice cubes in any given 24-hour period.  Those cubes are dice-style, by the way.  Like many Manitowoc ice machines, the SD-0302A is renowned for its low maintenance costs and overall efficiency.

Sure, the Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A is merely one Manitowoc ice machine among many, and virtually all of them are roughly equally worth of the praise we’re giving this one.  But you know what?  We just have a soft spot for this number, so we’re going to write about this one in particular.  Here’s some info about the Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A:

Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A: A Brief Overview

The Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A is a virtually peerless machine.  Well, that is, of course, if you take all other Manitowoc ice machines out of the running. It accomplishes some amazing feats of engineering, some of which include producing large amounts of ice (see the previous paragraph) and can store 150 pounds of it at any given time, all while taking up a measly 30 inches of wall space.  That’s crucial when your restaurant kitchen space is at a premium—and, if you’re a restaurateur, or have worked in the restaurant industry, you know kitchen space is always at a premium.

Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A: Leader of the Pack

The Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A, along with a host of other Manitowoc ice machines, has had the honor of being designated Best in Class by Food Service Equipment Supplies Magazine.  That’s high praise, but it doesn’t stop there: The editors here at Short Order have bestowed the SD-0302A with a five-star rating, the highest we offer, and have market it as an Editor’s Choice product.  Those are designations we don’t take likely, nor toss out willy-nilly around here.

But the Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-0302A, along with an impressive array of other restaurant equipment, from here at Short Order today!

Manitowoc Ice Machines Named Best in Class 2009

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Manitowoc ice machines are no stranger to awards and recognition. So recent news that they were named Best in Class 2009 — for the ninth year in a row! — by Food Service Equipment & Supplies magazine should come as no surprise.

Manitowoc Ice Machine: Best In ClassBased in a Wisconsin town of the same name, Manitowoc is known for being one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of restaurant equipment. As an industry leader, Manitowoc is dedicated to producing high quality, durable ice machines that help reduce costs and emphasize food safety.

To dish out the awards each year, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine conducts a study in which they analyze over 1,000 surveys taken by their subscribers that asked for responses regarding quality of products, support, operator satisfaction and more. Once the results are in, the outstanding restaurant equipment manufacturers in each category is recognized with an award. Receiving one of these awards is certainly an honor.

For the last nine years, Manitowoc has been named Overall Best in Class for 2009 in the ice machine category. On the Manitowoc website, Mike Kachmer, president of the company, responds to the news of the award: “We are extremely proud that year after year Manitowoc Foodservice products are voted ‘Best in Class’ by foodservice professionals. As a global leader, we are committed to the development of energy and water conservation solutions and providing innovative products that continue to offer flexibility, efficiency, and food safety.”

Buy a Manitowoc Ice Machine

If you’re looking to buy a Manitowoc ice machine, you’ve got to get it at ShortOrder.com. We’re the leading online restaurant equipment dealer, and our Low Price Guarantee gives you the assurance that you’re getting your products for the lowest prices possible. Whether you need ice for your restaurant, bar, diner or home kitchen, we have a Manitowoc ice machine that will be just right for your needs. Start shopping!

It’s Manitowoc Ice Machine Weather

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We don’t know about you, but we were thrilled to celebrate the first day of Spring last week. With warmer weather, blue skies and lots of sunny days to look forward to over the next several months, we couldn’t help but think that Manitowoc ice machine weather is here again!

A Manitowoc ice machine is a great piece of commercial restaurant equipment to have on hand any time of year. But when it’s hot outside, customers dig cold, refreshing drinks. You want to be sure you have a reliable, quality ice machine around to do that, and reliability and performance are two of many things Manitowoc ice machines are known for.

ShortOrder.com is proud to offer several varieties of the Manitowoc ice machine in addition to other great restaurant equipment. Recognized for their all-season reliability, Manitowoc ice machines have a reputation for being durable and dependable. Those who have a Manitowoc ice machine know how great the service and support are, too.

We’ve given more than one Manitowoc ice machine an Editor’s Choice rating here at ShortOrder.com — in fact, there are countless of them that have that award. The Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-322A, for example, is a five-star product with an Editor’s Choice rating. There are plenty more outstanding products available.

Buy a Manitowoc Ice Machine

With ShortOrder.com’s Low Price Guarantee on Restaurant Equipment, it’s never been a better time to buy a Manitowoc ice machine and have the assurance that you really are getting it for the lowest price out there. Get ready for summer and be sure your restaurant will have what it needs to serve up ice-cold drinks — get a Manitowoc ice machine.

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Manitowoc Ice Machine

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Buying a Manitowoc ice machine means you’re getting the industry standard. Tough, dependable, efficient — those are all qualities of a Manitowoc ice machine. If you’re a restaurant owner, bar owner or commercial kitchen owner in need of ice for cooling, food prep or just drinks, a Manitowoc ice machine will help you get the job done.

Manitowoc Ice Machine: Where’d They Get That Name?

So you’re thinking about getting a Manitowoc ice machine — or maybe you already have one — and you have a pretty important question: Just how’d they get that name? Tough to get right on a first try, the  name is pronounced “man-ih-tah-wuk,” and it comes from the city in Wisconsin. The Manitowoc ice machine company is actually based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, which is on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Manitowoc River.

Started in 1964, the company has always been dedicated to putting out quality products that help reduce operating costs and emphasize food safety.

Manitowoc Ice Machine: Ideal for Commercial Kitchens

A Manitowoc ice machine is ideal for commercial kitchens, including restaurants and bars. When customers demand cold drinks to be ice cold, there’s no other option. A reliable Manitowoc ice machine is the way to go.

And the company realizes that not all restaurants, bars and commercial kitchens need the same Manitowoc ice machine. So that’s why they’ve made different models that produce different types and amounts of ice. For example, a bakery may only need a Manitowoc Ice Machine QM-45A. This unit produces 95 pounds of dice-sized ice cubes every 24 hours. On the other hand, a bar may need a Manitowoc ice machine that can produce much more ice. Something like the Manitowoc Ice Machine SD-1402A.

Buy a Manitowoc Ice Machine

Buy a Manitowoc ice machine for your restaurant, bar or commercial kitchen, and you’ll be getting a quality product that you can rely on. Users love the energy efficiency, sanitation, serviceability and low noise levels of a Manitowoc ice machine.

Get the lowest price at ShortOrder.com when you buy a Manitowoc ice machine. It’s all thanks to our Low Price Guarantee, which gives you the peace of mind that you’re getting your restaurant equipment for the lowest price out there.

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Ice Machine Slime: Is Your Ice Machine Dishing Slime?

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Ice Machine Slime Is An Important Maintenance Issue

Ice machine owners may be getting slimed without knowing it.

Ice machine slime is more than a funny-sounding phrase that evokes fond memories of watching Bill Murray in Ghostbusters at the matinee. For restaurant equipment owners, ice machine slime is a real health hazard that can run a kitchen afoul of the health inspector and possibly shut down a thriving foodservice business.

The Gory Details on Ice Machine Slime

Ice machine slime is such a prevalent hazard that muckraking Houston newsman Marvin Zindler made the sentence “Slime in the ice machine!” a household phrase along the Texas coastline. Ice machine slime isn’t deadly to healthy adults, but still, it can be harmful. It also has a distinctive taste and smell, and can be visually disgusting to your customers. Here’s what the City of Houston says:

It is a type of mold or fungus that accumulates from bacterial growth on surfaces that are constantly exposed to clinging water droplets and warm temperatures. Water residuals may be present on these surfaces due to machine construction or the presence of scouring utensils such as steel wool or scouring pads. If the residuals are left exposed and not wiped clean or the machine is not sanitized regularly, you will then see bacteria and mold growths in the moist, cool environment of your ice machine. Most times, slime will take on a pinkish tone; if left untreated, the pink will turn to red, green, brown and even black ropes of slime hanging from the freezer panels inside the machine after a while. Pretty picture, isn’t it?

Green and pink ropes of slime hanging in your ice machine and dropping in customers’ drinks… it may not be fatal, but it could soon be sending your once-healthy clients to the lab for some health tests.

The Ice Machine Slime Answer

If for example you’ve got ice machine slime in your favorite Manitowoc ice machine model SD-0852A, how do you handle the problem?

The Houston health inspectors recommend using quarternary ammonium (QAC), which kills the mold/fungus and also inhibits additional growth for a period of time after the slime has been removed. This chemical won’t react with the stainless steel of your SD-0852A, and it’s also handy for keeping slime out of other restaurant equipment like your soda machine or the nozzles and hoses of your direct draw systems.

For other ice machine buying tips and maintenance advice, check out our ice machine buyers guide!

Manitowoc: Ice Machines and Shipbuilding Define Wisconsin Town

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Manitowoc, WI, Is a Town of 35,000 People Who Can Go with the Flow

Manitowoc ice machines used to be all we knew about Manitowoc. In fact, we didn’t even know that Manitowoc ice machines were built in a place called Manitowoc. Then we took the time to find out more about this small town in eastern Wisconsin. It’s not just the epicenter of the commercial ice machine world; it’s the pride of the Manitowoc River and the county seat of – you guessed it – Manitowoc County. Located in Brett Farve’s back pocket, just a half-hour from Green Bay, Manitowoc sits at the mouth of the Manitowoc River where it enters Lake Michigan.

Manitowoc History

Manitowoc’s humble origins date back to 1820 and the family of Matthew Stanley, the original settlers. Given its geographical advantages as a gateway to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, Manitowoc unsurprisingly has been closely tied to seafaring, trading, fishing and shipbuilding. During World War II, Manitowoc iced its share of the Axis military machine by building tankers, subs and landing craft.

Manitowoc Attractions

Today, this powerhouse of commercial icemaker manufacturing is the site of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, one of the largest museums in the U.S. dedicated to ships and seafarers. Originally the Manitowoc Submarine Memorial Association, the museum is the current home of the mothballed WWII submarine Cobia and boasts over 60,000 square feet of displays. The quality and quantity of the Manitowoc museum’s efforts have been rewarded with Smithsonian Museum affiliation.

Other Manitowoc Features

For a small town that doesn’t even have its own TV station, Manitowoc is associated with a good number of fun features and facts:

  • the mother house of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity is in Manitowoc.
  • this city of some 35,000 residents also is home to about 23,000 Roman Catholics.
  • Manitowoc has sent several favorite sons to the NFL, including Don Davey, Doug Free and Mike Lorenz.
  • In the movie The Prince and Me, Julia Stiles plays a farm girl from Manitowoc, the ice machine mecca of the country.

And Manitowoc Ice Machines

Of course, on our little restaurant equipment blog, no mention of Manitowoc, WI, is going to pass without us pontificating a little about best-of-breed Manitowoc ice machines like the Manitowoc SY-0504, an easy-to-clean and typically reliable Manitowoc icemaker that generates 540 pounds of half-dice sized ice cubes every day. Manitowoc ice machines are made by the Manitowoc Foodservice Group, a three-division corporation that features the brands Manitowoc Ice, Kolpak, McCall, Hartford, Servend and Multiplex.

Needless to say, Manitowoc ice machines are pretty darned important to the small town of Manitowoc, WI. Without them – and the good people of Manitowoc who make them – our glasses would be a lot lonelier during long, hot, ice-cube-less summer nights.

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