Having a Party? Follow these guidelines for success:
- In cocktails, soda or wine, plan for 0.25KG of ice per person. Make sure the dispensing container (ice bucket) is clean and sanitary. Ice is a Food and can harbor bacteria from an un-sanitized container.
- To cool cans or bottles, 3.5kg-4.5kg of ice per case keeps them cold for 6-8 hours.
- To cool a half-barrel of beer, 18kg-23kg of ice keeps it cold for 6-8- hours.
- For high temperatures and humidity, be sure to get and extra bag or two!
- When handling ice a clean and sanitized ice scoop should be used. No bare hands please!
- For Blender drinks, use the recommended amount of ice. Make sure again, that the blender is clean and sanitized and that the ice is not transferred to the blender with bare hands please.
Ice Information you’d want to know:
- First and foremost, Ice is a food. In fact, people consume more ice, nearly two pounds per person per day, than they do bread.
- Water and Ice, the ONLY Difference is Temperature. In recent national surveys, as high as 85% of all consumers said they were very concerned with the quality of their tap water. This explains the phenomenal growth of the bottled water category. If you don’t trust your tap water, than how can you trust the ‘frozen water’ made in your freezer at home?
- Ice can go Bad. Because it is a food, ice can become contaminated with bacteria and/or viruses that can cause illness. Many people believe mistakenly that because ice is a frozen food product, that it can not harbor bacteria. This is not true. Ice has been found to contain a wide spectrum of bacteria, from Salmonella and E. Coli to Hepatitis A. Because most people do not think of ice as a source of bacteria contamination, upon illness from a food product, the ice is normally the last and ‘forgotten food’ considered.
- Be cognizant when consuming ice of the manufacturing source. We recommend that you stay away from ice stored in open bins, as in some hotel facilities. As well, as from packaged ice produced in potential unsanitary conditions or with human contact, i.e., ice produced and bagged in the back room of convenience stores.
- Taste and Odor. Do you value the flavor and taste of the beverages you consume? Of course you do. While some consumers realize the ‘cloudy freezer’ ice at home tastes ‘funny’, many do not consider the alternatives for ‘clear, tasteless and odorless ice. Ice made in the home freezer is not only cloudy from water impurities, but also absorbs the odors of the other freezer foods. Only the professional commercial ice producers provide a truly taste-free, clear, and risk-free.