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The ice guide part 3: Dice Ice – all-rounder or jack of all trades?

Ice is ice is ice, right? Wrong. Here’s the low down on DICE ICE CUBES from Hubbard, the ice experts. 

StampaDice ice is a bit of an all-rounder. We’re talking about the classic six-sided rectangular or square ice cubes – they come in dice (typically about 10g), half dice (6g) and large dice (17g).

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The Lowdown on Supercubes

Hubbard Systems tells you why gourmet supercubes bring out the best in your drink

Gourmet supercubes from ScotsmanFor such a seemingly simple item there are a dizzying number of ways to make an ice cube. These different forms each have their own strengths and uses. Ice is ice? Don’t you believe it!

For example, pouring bourbon over ice will stop aromatic compounds within the drink evaporating. This allows more of them to be released within the drinker’s mouth, making for a more complex taste.

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Hubbard launches space-saving, high volume Scotsman icemaker

NW308 fits industry-standard global footprint and is easy to look after

Hubbard Systems’ new Scotsman icemaker is a modular cuber that’s designed to fit in the global 560mm / 22inch footprint.  The NW308 is the latest in the NW Series and makes the classic six-sided 12g dice ice cube.  It can also be supplied to make the 6g half-dice ice cube.  Its space-saving footprint is highlighted by the fact that it vents from the top – so it can be built in to tight gaps, with no need for side clearance.

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Want to know about types of ice? Ask an Inuit or a Scotsman

Gourmet ice cubes, dice, superdice, cubelet, nugget, flake, superflake and scale: but which ice is best?  Hubbard Systems offers ice adv-ice.

Some of the Scotsman ice varieties covered in Hubbard Systems' Guide to IceApparently the Inuit really do have fifty or more words for snow.  They’ll know there are lots of different types of ice as well – yet some foodservice operators think ice is ice.  They’re wrong.   For a start, there’s the very obvious difference between ice cubes and flake ice.  But different cubes have different characteristics, too.  Some are softer, some harder, some clearer and so on.

Hubbard Ice Systems, which markets Scotsman ice machines in the UK, reckons it’s time the market woke up and smelt the coffee.  Or, in this case, the ice.  The company has produced an update to its popular Guide to Ice, which is available to download from scotsman-ice.co.uk.

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Ultra-reliable, ultra-simple ice: the new Scotsman NW 608

Hubbard Systems says new icemaker is the hassle-free, competitively-priced ice solution

hubbard-systems-has-launched-the-scotsman-nw-608-here-seen-on-a-sb-393-storage-binThe new Scotsman NW 608 ice machine, distributed in the UK by Hubbard Systems, combines ultra-reliability with ultra-simple controls and a compact, industry-standard footprint.  According to Hubbard it delivers hassle-free, high volume ice production in a quality, stainless steel build at a very competitive price.

This latest Scotsman makes dice ice in either standard 12g cubes or half cubes, weighing 6g.  It can produce up to 280kg of ice per day, or over 23,300 standard cubes, making it ideal for high volume sites requiring a reliable supply.  A modular machine, it sits on top of a separate storage bin and is compatible with a variety of different bin designs.

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Varsity Hotel’s Versatile Ice Choices

Popular, boutique Cambridge venue uses both Scotsman supercubes and Scotsman nugget ice

The two Scotsman icemakers at The Varsity HotelMore and more operators are looking for speciality ice that suits their specific application.  The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge has ordered two very different Scotsman models – a gourmet supercube machine and a nugget icemaker, each of which is set to fulfil specific and very different functions. 

The Varsity Hotel and Spa is a chic, boutique 46-bedroom hotel right in the heart of Cambridge. It’s popular with tourists, locals and visiting celebrities (Daniel Craig and Rachael Weisz stayed recently). A stunning roof terrace overlooking the city seats 100 for drinks and a barbecue menu. In the former bonded warehouse next door there’s The Varsity uses both Scotsman supercubes (left) and nugget icea 75-cover steak house and cocktail bar overlooking the river, which is also very busy. Recently the hotel opened a brand new, 145-cover restaurant, SIX, on the sixth floor, which offers 360° views over Cambridge. It serves wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken and Ottolenghi-style small plates. It also features a large bar, specialising in gins.

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Ginspirational ice

The ice experts at Hubbard know how to make a good G&T exceptional: gourmet gin needs gourmet ice

Gin and tonicThe popularity of gin has exploded in recent years, with hundreds of new brands helping to cast off its fusty image with a variety of new flavours. The number of distilleries in the UK has nearly doubled since 2010, from 116 to 184, with sales in the UK topping £1 billion in 2015.

For a seemingly simple drink, there is much debate about the best way to make the perfect gin and tonic. Most agree that it involves a balance of four elements: the gin itself, tonic, the garnish and, naturally, ice.

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Advice on ice hygiene: keep yourself clean and keep the icemaker clean

Hubbard questions suggestion that faecal bacteria came from water that made the ice

Mark Stebbings of Hubbard SystemsOnce again the issue of ice hygiene is in the media, with a researcher from the BBC’s Rip Off Britain finding bacteria from faeces in ice cubes served in a big-name takeaway.*

However, a suggestion that the bacteria could have come from the water used in the icemaker has been questioned by the ice experts at Hubbard Systems, the company that markets Scotsman ice machines in the UK.

“The water in the icemaker will have passed through a filter system that will help to prevent any bacteria present from getting into the machine,” says Mark Stebbings, technical and aftercare manager at Hubbard Systems. “The bacteria that was found is most probably the result of poor personal hygiene standards, presumably on the part of a member of staff.”

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Nugget ice: the smoothie operator

Hubbard Systems says nugget ice is the new ‘best in class’ for smoothies and blended drinks

Smoothie plus Scotsman nugget iceWhen it comes to smoothies, ice is an essential.  According to Hubbard Systems, who distributes the Scotsman range of icemakers, there’s a new ‘best in class’ ice for smoothie-making: nugget ice.

There’s a variety of reasons for the nugget’s crown.  In terms of the ice itself, it’s small and relatively soft so it blends very easily and quietly, plus it’s kinder to blades – so it’s perfect for smoothies and other blended drinks.  Because of the way it’s made, by compressing flake ice, it is very cold and has little residual water, so its chilling power is highly effective, too.

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MXG: the new modular icemaker from Scotsman

The Scotsman MXG468+bin, part of the new range available from Hubbard SystemsHubbard Systems has launched the new Scotsman MXG range of modular machines, the latest to make the famous thimble-shaped Scotsman gourmet Supercube.

The MXG range combines productivity, reliability and ease-of-use, with aesthetic appeal and quieter operation. There are six models in the range, with outputs from 150 to 410kg per day.  All models are designed to fit on a global standard footprint for easy installation. The gourmet Supercube is the obvious selection for the presentation of classic on-the-rocks drinks – it lasts longest, looks the best and chills without diluting.

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