Dry ice, when combined with warm water, creates a mist that adds a stylish touch to dishes and cocktails. Dry ice also serves a practical function by keeping food cool, making it ideal for summer days or events without electricity. It’s used by bakeries to cool dough and by butcheries to preserve meat products. Serving drinks alongside dry ice adds a professional touch and placing it at the bottom of a wine cooler adds style to serving wine or champagne.
What are the features of Maxima’s dry ice machines?
Maxima’s dry ice machines have a sturdy stainless steel construction that ensures durability and withstands rough handling. Its compact and round design allows for easy placement in any space. This appliance is easy to operate and is equipped with waterproof stainless steel buttons. With a single push, the dry ice machine starts and stops automatically.
This machine is very efficient, producing nearly 20% (185g) of dry ice from 950g of CO². You can also easily connect the dry ice machine to liquid carbon dioxide.
- Can be mounted with screws
- Easy to clean
- Includes a 1,5m gas pipeline
- Comes with various indication lights
How does a dry ice machine work?
To operate the dry ice machine, you'll need a bottle of liquid carbon dioxide with a riser.
First, connect the bottle to the dry ice maker and plug it into a wall socket.
Screw the dry ice tube into the dry ice machine while wearing gloves and safety goggles due to the extremely low temperatures.
Switch on the machine and open the bottle of liquid carbon dioxide.
Press and release the blue button on the machine. After two minutes, it’ll produce a block of dry ice. The machine will automatically stop.
Close the bottle of liquid carbon dioxide and switch off the machine.
Finally, unscrew the ice tube from the machine and remove the dry ice.
Remember to read the safety rules and instructions carefully before using the machine.
TIP: Before use, place the ice tube in the freezer to ensure it's cold. Clean the thread of the tube before connecting it to the appliance to prevent any jamming.
Where are dry ice machines mostly used?
The food industry is one of the primary sectors that rely on dry ice machines. From freezing and storing food to transportation, dry ice plays a crucial role in preserving the quality and safety of perishable goods.
In large-scale operations such as meat processing plants or catering businesses, commercial dry ice machines are used to quickly freeze large batches of food products. This rapid freezing process helps maintain the freshness of the food and prevents bacterial growth.
Dry ice is also used for transporting food items that require specific temperature-controlled conditions. For example, seafood and frozen desserts are often shipped with dry ice to ensure they remain frozen during transit.
Dry ice machines are also an excellent addition to any event planning business. It can be used to create special effects like fog or smoke or to keep food and beverages cold during outdoor events.
Restaurants and bars often use dry ice machines to create memorable experiences for their customers. Many cocktails, drinks and even dishes are presented with dry ice to add a unique touch that customers will enjoy.
What are the benefits of using a dry ice maker?
Dry ice machines are extremely versatile and possess many benefits. This is why various establishments use these machines.
Enhances customer experience
Incorporating a dry ice machine into their dining experience can help restaurants stand out from their competitors. Customers can enjoy delicious food and be impressed by the added visual element created by the dry ice machine. Customers are also likely to share their unique experiences on social media, which can bring in more business through word-of-mouth marketing.
Dry ice machines use carbon dioxide, which is a by-product of other industrial processes. This means that using dry ice doesn’t add any additional carbon emissions to the environment. It also doesn’t leave behind any residue or waste products, making it an eco-friendly option compared to other special effects or refrigeration options.
Versatility and creativity
Dry ice machines are incredibly versatile and can be used in many ways. Restaurants can use dry ice in their cocktails and even desserts. It’s also an effective way to quickly cool down or freeze ingredients. For example, if you add dry ice to sugar and cream you can instantly make ice cream. At outdoor events, where there is often limited electricity, restaurants can use dry ice to keep their ingredients fresh and refrigerated.
How to make dry ice safely
Dry ice is non-toxic and can be safely used in the catering industry. However, it’s crucial to follow safety instructions when handling it due to its low temperature.
Important safety measures:
- Don’t touch the dry ice maker while in use.
- Avoid direct contact with or consumption of dry ice.
- It’s recommended to store dry ice in an insulated Styrofoam box in the freezer for several hours.
- Keep dry ice out of reach of children.
- Ventilate areas where dry ice is produced.
- Avoid packing tightly or in airtight containers to prevent expansion.