Notes from the Iceologist

Thoughts from our resident Iceologists and guests

Hoshizaki Ice Machine Production Statistics

  Like most equipment, commercial ice machines will perform differently based on operating conditions. Simply put, it takes time to freeze water. The warmer the incoming water and the warmer the surrounding air, the longer it takes to freeze the water. The longer it takes, the fewer freeze cycles the machine can complete in 24 […]

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Future Culinary Stars Compete in ProStart Invitational

The weekend of April 18-20, 2015, 400 aspiring culinary industry professionals will descend upon the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, to participate in National Pro-Start Invitational (NPSI). ProStart is a two year culinary and management curriculum operated by the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation (NRAEF) in partnership with 48 state restaurant associations (SRAs), as well […]


Best Seattle Restaurants for March Madness (or anytime!)

Seattle is one of the greatest cities in the country. Seattle has a phenomenal natural landscape and views, contemporary architecture (including Frank Gehry’s stunning EMP at the Seattle Center), famed Pike Place Market and top notch restaurants. The foodie scene is Seattle is abundant and pervasive. This year some of the second and third rounds […]

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The Real Scoop About Ice Scoops

How does ice become unsanitary? It’s often human error stemming from improperly using ice scoops or placing foreign objects in the ice bin. Of course, if you’re not following sanitation guidelines for your commercial ice machine, contaminants can accumulate in the actual machine. But the main culprit usually lies in the ice bin and the […]

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Where to Eat in Phoenix

Phoenix is a sprawling metropolis and home to favorite professional sports teams, MBL’s Diamondbacks and NBA’s Suns as well as minor league baseball and roller derby. Students, families, snow-birds and retirees populate Phoenix and surrounding areas like Glendale and swanky resort town, Scottsdale. Phoenix is always a busy place, but during the last week of […]

health, food safety

Food Safety Tips: 5 Things To Watch Out For When Dining Out

Food safety is an important topic to Team Easy Ice. And it should be important to you too — especially when you dine out and have less control. Food safety includes ice safety. Unsanitary conditions, mishandling of ice or a dirty ice machine can cause food borne illness, just like…well…food! To emphasize the importance of […]

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Employment Termination: What’s Legal, What’s Wrongful?

Employment termination is tricky and fraught with potential legal issues. No small business wants the financial expenses, hassles and bad publicity that come from a wrongful employment termination lawsuit. The hospitality industry employs millions of people and has a higher than average turnover rate. Seasonal employment is also common within hotels and foodservice. For these […]

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Cold Weather Can Affect Ice Machine Performance

Baby, it’s cold outside! Most of our customers are surprised to learn that supplying very cold water to an ice machine can cause performance issues.  Colder water extends the harvest time – the time when ice cubes are removed from the ice-forming surface.  If the water is below 45 degrees F, the ice maker may […]

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Avoid Common Health Inspection Violations at your Restaurant

The Iceologist is proud to welcome a new guest blogger to our team, Scott Pozna, Registered Sanitarian and Environmental Health Specialist or Lorain County, OH.  Scott has been a Registered Sanitarian (Health Inspector) for 20 years and we’re thrilled he’s sharing his knowledge with our customers and readers.   By following Scott’s simple advice, your […]

Troubleshooting Hoshizaki Ice Machine Single Beep

Troubleshooting a Hoshizaki Ice Machine Single Beep Alarm What do you do if your Hoshizaki commercial ice machine is beeping at you instead of producing ice?  If you are an Easy Ice Subscriber – the answer is simple. Call us at 866-easyice and we’ll take care of it! :) If it’s up to you to […]