I’ll Clean The Ice Machine…. Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

manitowoc_qm_45aSome 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 a film and as that film increases, it gets harder and harder to remove.

I’ve been in the foodservice equipment business for almost 20 years. In that time, I’ve seen some scary things on-site. I’ve even closed a few establishments for the day as a means to reclaim the cleanliness of the facility. I have sold thousands of ice machines and have seen thousands more. I know that cleaning the ice machine thoroughly is inconvenient. If you have a 24/7 facility, you can’t do without a constant flow of ice from your machine. Regardless, you will lose ice production unexpectedly if the machine becomes so dirty it can’t function!

The ice machines of today have come a long way. Machines like those by Scotsman and Manitowoc provide on-board cleaning functions to help disinfect the ice machine. Add-on items like Manitowoc’s LuminIce Growth Inhibitor® keep your machine in top working order in a high-yeast environment (think bakeries) and the i-AuCS is an optional automatic cleaning system. Keep in mind, this won’t replace a periodic deep clean, but it will make them easier and less frequent.  Scotsman’s Prodigy Ice Machine line and water filtration systems come built with AquaArmor®, an antimicrobial compound that is molded onto key components of the ice machine to protect against bacterial growth. Filtration of the water coming into the machine can also help in keeping the machine running safe and efficiently. (more…)

Now Serving – JANUARY – Ideas to Increase Your Revenue in the New Year & It’s National Oatmeal Month

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

January 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 49
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Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is 2013!? I can’t. I feel like as you get older the time goes by faster and faster. Now that we are a couple of weeks in to the new year, how are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? We will not judge you if you have already slipped. Resolutions aren’t always the easiest to keep. I like to take time and reflect on the past year, and think about what changes I can make to do things better for the following year. I rarely set black and white “resolutions”. Fireworks

This morning we had our annual meeting of how we can make things better for you, our great customers, in 2013. A few things that you should see happening around ShortOrder.com in 2013: a new, even more user-friendly look to the site, a wider variety of payment options for your orders, and useful videos for our products. Drop us a line on our Facebook page if you have any other suggestions for us.

Don’t forget about our great clearance section that carries scratched and dented, and discontinued products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty. Another way to save money with ShortOrder.com is by submitting a product review for any of our products. We give away $50 to a random reviewer. We didn’t have any submissions in December. JUST THINK if you would have submitted a review, you would have been our winner!

In this month’s issue: Simple ways to generate more income for your restaurant, an easy recipe to celebrate National Oatmeal Month, and our Featured Products: a Scotsman ice machine, a Panasonic microwave, and a Beverage-Air sandwich prep station.

Remember, we have created this newsletter for you! If there is anything you’d like to know more about – give us a shout!

We would always love to hear from you!

Stay Warm!

Meghan Jarrell


New Year, New Ideas

Simple Ways to Generate More Income

Starting a new year is always a good time to take a step back and evaluate your revenue. The restaurant industry tends to fluctuate up and down. In a recent blog on etundra, Riding the Waves: 5 Ways to Boost Your Revenue, Andrew Call highlights some simple changes you can make to help build your business.

First, cut food costs. Establish a report to narrow down the ten foods that you spend the most on each month. Talk to your distributors, or shop around for a new one that can save you money on those products. Remember, that buying in bulk can often save money in the long run as well.

Second, give your employees the power to make you money. They are the face of your restaurant, and have the ability to make, or break a customer’s experience. Clip ArtContinually have ongoing trainings, to update and review procedures with them, and to set goals. Provide your employees with incentives to perform well. Happy customers usually buy more, and return in the future.

Third, educate yourself on your restaurant equipment. It will save you unnecessary expenses if you can service and maintain the equipment yourself. Labor and repair costs can add up quickly. Use your resources including the manufacturer’s customer service line to attempt to fix something on your own, before calling a technician.

Fourth, be sure that you are utilizing today’s technology. It is now 2013! Customers are more often going to the world wide web to look up information such as menu’s, deals, reviews, etc… before even stepping out of the house. You don’t want to miss out on business from being behind the times. Be sure to get involved in the conversation, including social media outlets, digital newsletters, and even text messages sharing daily specials.

Lastly, diversify your income. Your revenue can become monotonous, and when you least expect it, it could drop. Be prepared by changing things up a bit. You can add retail items such as hats and t-shirts. You can offer take-out or delivery, if you don’t already do so. You can also start catering special events. It is necessary to be aware of the changing ways of the industry. Be flexible with your ideas and business practice. It might not hurt to re-evaluate the way you have always done something, and to try something new, after all, it is a new year!

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Featured Recipe

Baked Oatmeal

Whip up this quick recipe from tasteofhome.com in honor of National Oatmeal Month

Yield: 9 Servings


  • 3 Cups quick-cooking oats
  • I Cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinammon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup butter, melted
  • Additional Milk


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 9×9 pan
  2. In large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In separate bowl whisk eggs, milk and butter together
  4. Stir into oat mixture until blended
  5. Spoon into pan, bake for 40-45 min or until set. Serve warm with milk

Baked oatmeal

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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 those finely tuned pieces of machinery that we send out on a daily basis, so why wouldn’t we become a little attached to them?  Right?

Sounds right to us, anyway.

Okay, enough with the crazy talk.  It’s hard not to fall in love with machines as well-made and outright productive as the ice machines we stock.  These include Manitowoc ice machines, of course, which is one of our favorite products from one of our favorite manufacturers of restaurant equipment, ever.  There’s a few reasons for that.  First, Manitowoc is the industry leader in ice machine manufacturing.  That in itself might not sound like it means much, but think about this: Industry leaders are usually where they’re at because of their work ethic and the quality of their product.  Manitowoc and its products are obviously high quality and obviously the products of a rigorous work ethic.

However, Manitowoc doesn’t make the only products we care about.  Ice O Matic ice machinesHoshizaki ice machines, and Scotsman ice machines are all just as good as their Manitowoc counterparts.  We’re happy to offer them to our customers as well.

Now, we’re way into our ice machines, but that’s not the only thing we at Short Order happen to have in our inventory, and it’s certainly not the only thing that we’re proud to offer.  We’ve also got a range of other products perfect for warming, cooling, cooking, storing, prepping, serving, and more.  Check out our full selection of commercial kitchen-enabling wonderworks today!

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 is low. And if the supply runs out, that can mean unhappy customers — especially in the summer when ice-cold drinks are in high demand.

For bars, serving up a scotch on the rocks without the “rocks” is impossible without ice. And thirsty restaurant customers won’t have their thirst quenched with a non-iced tea or lukewarm water. A room-temperature fountain drink? No thanks. Be prepared for high-traffic times so you can alleviate the worry of running out of ice: Get a quality, reliable ice machine.

Manitowoc Ice Machines

Manitowoc ice machines are a popular choice for restaurant and bar owners, and they have a great reputation thanks to their outstanding quality and efficiency. There are several five-star and Editor’s Choice-rated units available, including the Manitowoc Ice Machine QD0132A1151. This undercounter ice machine produces 90 to 130 pounds of full-size, dice-style ice cubes per 24-hour period and features adjustable legs so it can be lowered or raise to fit into different work spaces. This is just one of the many Manitowoc ice machines in our inventory.

Scotsman Ice Machines

ShortOrder is proud to also offer Scotsman ice machines. Also highly-rated by ShortOrder editors, these ice machines range by type of ice produced and the amount of ice produced, so you’re bound to find something just right for your needs. The Scotsman Ice Machine MDT6N90A-1H is an Editor’s Choice and is five-star rated. This counter-top  ice machine and water dispenser produces 720 pounds of nugget ice in a 24-hour period, and it has a 90-pound bin capacity.

More Ice Machines

Shop our impressive selection of ice machines at ShortOrder to find many, many more units from Manitowoc, Scotsman, Hoshizaki and more. We offer flexible freight terms, and our Low Price Guarantee gives you the assurance you’re getting your restaurant equipment at the best price.

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