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What is this mysterious mist surrounding my cocktail? And how does it seem to float out of that dish? Create these and other special effect by using dry ice, made with your very own dry ice maker! With Maxima's dry ice machine, you can serve up plenty of drinks and food dishes in a spectacular fashion.

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What is this mysterious mist surrounding my cocktail? And how does it seem to float out of that dish? Create these and other special effect by using dry ice, made with your very own dry ice maker! With Maxima's dry ice machine, you can serve up plenty of drinks and food dishes in a spectacular fashion.

What is a dry ice machine?

You’ve probably seen a dish or cocktail being served with a mysterious mist surrounding it. Mixing dry ice with a little warm water creates a spectacular mist that can be used with many dishes and drinks for extra 'wow’ factor. This doesn’t only look impressive for your guests, but can also has a positive effect on the taste of the food itself.

Besides a pretty special effect, dry ice also offers a practical function: it keeps your food cool. This is ideal on summer days, or at events where there is no or limited electricity available. Bakeries use it, for instance, to cool dough and butcheries can use dry ice for keeping meat products cooled.

You can give all kinds of drinks a mysterious air by serving it alongside dry ice. You can also put it at the bottom of a wine cooler to serve your wine or champagne in style!

Another way to keep drinks cold is with glasses that have been through a glass freezer . The glasses then get a nice layer of ice around them. This way, you create both a special effect and a delicious ice cold drink! Of course, you can also use the simple but classic ice cubes. Maxima's ice makers will supply a large amount of ice cubes or flaked ice for you in no time.

What is dry ice?

Dry ice creates a beautiful, mysterious mist on your cocktail, but you can also use it on dishes.

Dry ice (or carbon dioxide snow) is simply carbon dioxide (CO2), but in a solid form. It often comes in blocks or grains. It has the characteristic of having a much lower temperature than normal ice at -78°C. This is way it’s often used to cool things quickly to low temperatures, such as in laboratories or large cooling rooms.

It owes its name to the fact that when carbon dioxide is volatilised, it passes directly from a solid to a gas without first passing into a liquid. This chemical process is called sublimation.

To make dry ice, you have to connect the dry ice maker to a bottle of liquid carbon dioxide. There is a special coupling on our dry ice machine for this purpose.

How does a dry ice maker work?

In order to use the dry ice machine, you first need a bottle of liquid carbon dioxide. It’s important to note that this has to be a bottle with a riser. Before use, connect the bottle of liquid carbon dioxide to the dry ice maker. Then plug the machine into the wall socket. Before you start making dry ice, pay attention to the safety rules and read the instructions carefully.

Step 1: Screw the ice tube in the dry ice machine, making sure you wear gloves and safety goggles because of the very low temperatures.

Step 2: Switch on the machine and open the bottle of liquid carbon dioxide.

Step 3: Press and release the blue button on the machine. After two minutes, the machine makes a block of dry ice. The machine will stop automatically.

Step 4: Close the bottle of liquid carbon dioxide again and switch off the machine.

Step 5: Finally, unscrew the ice tube from the machine and remove the dry ice from the ice tube.

TIP: Put the ice tube in the freezer before use, so that it’s nice and cold when you want to get started. Wipe the thread of the tube clean before you connect it to the appliance. This way, you prevent the ice tube from getting stuck.

How can a dry ice maker be used safely?

Dry ice is non-toxic and can be used safely in the catering industry. Because of the low temperature of the dry ice, it is important to read the safety instructions before you start using it.

Do not touch the dry ice maker while it is in use. You should also not touch or consume the dry ice directly. It is best to store dry ice in an insulated Styrofoam box in the freezer, where it will keep for several hours.

  • do not consume
  • keep out of reach of children
  • carbon dioxide in solid form (100% CO₂)
  • ventilate areas where dry ice is produced
  • store CO₂ in accordance with the relevant local regulations        
  • do not pack tightly or in airtight containers as it may expand
  • dry ice is very cold at around -79°C so avoid skin and eye contact

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