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A cocktail is only truly complete when poured over ice cubes. Soft drinks, liqueurs and mixes are also at their best when 'on the rocks'. Whether you use ice for keeping products cool or to present products, you will find a need in every catering business. With an ice maker, it’s simply a breeze.

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A cocktail is only truly complete when poured over ice cubes. Soft drinks, liqueurs and mixes are also at their best when 'on the rocks'. Whether you use ice for keeping products cool or to present products, you will find a need in every catering business. With an ice maker, it’s simply a breeze.

What can I use an ice maker for?

An ice maker creates a large capacity of ice cubes or flake ice very quickly. This not only saves you a lot of time, but also a lot of space in your freezer. These ice machines doesn't just make ice, they also store it so you always have ice cubes on hand and ready to be used.

The best known application, of course, is for serving with drinks to keep them nice and cool. Soft drinks, liqueurs, cocktails and alcoholic mixes are best served 'on the rocks', not only in terms of temperature, but also for looks.

Ice cubes and flake ice are indispensable in the hospitality industry. There are numerous places where ice serves as an alternative to a fridge or freezer. For example, when catering on location, such as at a party and an event. Or for use in food trucks or market stalls. Ice cubes or flakes are crucial for the optimal transport and storage of food.

You can also kill two birds with one stone when using ice for your product presentation as well. A salad bar looks fresh and crisp when served alongside ice, and it keeps the ingredients chilled at the same time. The same goes for smoothies or bottled drinks that are displayed in a bowl of ice. And at the fish stall you can show off the freshest catches without compromising on quality.

For which catering establishments is an ice maker useful?

As indicated, ice cubes and ice chips can be found in hospitality locations where you want to keep drinks cool and food fresh. And you also can use ice for product presentation. Typical catering establishments that will benefit from using an ice machine include:

  • snack bars
  • beach bars
  • food trucks
  • cocktail bars
  • cafes and terraces
  • fast food restaurants
  • nightclubs and discos
  • catering at (summer) events
  • hotel bars and dining rooms

What types of ice makers are there?

Because an ice machine is so incredibly versatile, Maxima has them in a variety of different sizes. Your choice should be based on the capacity and the format needed. There are compact tabletop models that fit perfectly in the kitchen or behind the bar. For higher capacity requirements, there are machines that can make as much as 130kg of ice cubes or 400kg of flaked ice every 24 hours!

There are two types of ice machines:

  1. Ice makers for ice in cubes
  2. Ice maker for flaked or crushed ice

These ice machines can be further divided into:

  • air cooled
  • water cooled

When used indoors, an air cooled ice maker will suffice. A water cooled ice machine is better for use at higher ambient temperatures, for example, in a hot cafe or disco, or when used outside on a terrace or at an event.

Water cooled ice machines lend themselves better to be built-in equipment because you do not need to keep any space free around them. With air cooled machines, this is important for the air supply and exhaust.

What are the features of a Maxima ice maker?

The production and storage capacity varies per machine, but the following specifications are common to all our ice machines:

  • easy to clean
  • quick and easy installation
  • equipped with a water valve
  • good insulation and hygiene
  • robust stainless steel housing
  • protected against overloading
  • 4 adjustable feet for stable placement

How much ice will I need?

It is difficult to specify exactly how much ice you will need. This depends on several factors. Are your drinks already pre-chilled? How cold do you want to serve your drinks? You also have to take into account the ambient temperature, the size of the ice cubes required and the glasses available, as well as how much ice you want to put in a glass.

There are some guidelines you can look at though. For most drinks in glasses, two ice cubes are usually enough. With 1kg of ice cubes, you can fill about 15 glasses. For cocktails, about five ice cubes are average, although you may serve some cocktails with crushed ice, instead of cubes.

To use crushed ice for product presentation, you can divide the content of the containers by two. You will then have the number of kilogrammes of crushed ice needed to fill your bin or crate.

In our webshop you will find a wide range of commercial refrigeration equipment, such as fridges, freezers and refrigerated display cases, as well as blast chillers to cool your dishes quickly to the right temperature.

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