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The History Of Ice Crushers

Apr 13, 2008
The ice crusher was designed in the 1950's and it simplified the time taken to produce quantities of crushed ice, thus making crushed ice more available as and when requiring it with little effort. An ice crusher is an efficient way to crush ice, so there ice crushers will crush ordinary ice cubes.

Now time has moved on you can get ice crushers in different styles and sizes ranging from manual hand operated ice crushers to commercial electronic ice crushers. They can come in anything from chrome finishes to retro style in acrylic, which are compact and stylish machines to suit all different types of consumer needs. Cleaning these handy little gadgets could not be simpler as most have a wipe down casing and dishwasher safe removable bowl and lid.

To use your ice crusher you filter the ice cubes in from the top, down the funnel of the ice crusher and then by turning the handle in a clockwise direction for the manual hand operated units, you can produce small amounts of crushed ice in seconds which will fall into the removable transparent container to be removed with a plastic scoop for easy transportation to your glassor cocktail shaker, as these ice crushers make the right size ice chunks for your cocktails. The bottom of these ice crushers will usually come with rubber feet or non slip base for extra stability on the work surface.

Then you move onto the electric versions from the small automatic to the industrial size, they include the professional type ice crushers with a 150-watt fan cooled motor that produces crushed ice at a rate of about 2kg per minute. This is also a small appliance which is ideal for limited space which is fitted with a safety lid and an ice scoop. These products are usually seen in bars and kitchens, for home or professional use as they are portable and great for parties or entertaining your friends throughout the year

The top end of the scale you have the mighty powerful heavy duty commercial ice crushers with a 300 watt motor that can produce high volumes per minute of crushed ice with a slide out storage compartment for holding the ice. These normally come in stainless steel housing. Again you simply fill with the ice cubes which then feed down into the rust free stainless steel blades to crush the ice then you simply collect the ice you require from the storage area into an ice bucket or other receptacle, leaving the rest of the ice in the machine till you require it. These machines are robust and normally operated by a single on/off switch.

ice crushers can be used for making the adult beverages from frosty margaritas, shaken martinis and tropical cocktail to junior beverages like slushy fruit drinks and snow cones. You can also use the crushed ice for garnishing food stuffs like fresh shellfish dishes or salad platters as they can make both coarse and fine crushed ice.

A reputable supplier of ice crushers will offer a comprehensive parts & labour warranty
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been a pub landlord for many years. He is a member of the campaign for real ale and offers advice on ice makers to aspiring publicans.
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