ICE TEMPERATURE AND SNOW
Most retail outlets shave snow
from an ice block that is in a melting state.
The quality of the snow is that of real snow.
A few retail outlets use ice blocks 0 degrees
F or colder direct from a freezer. The quality
of the snow is very fine and the texture of
the finished product is similar to slush. Syrup
will collapse this snow as much as 50% on contact.
Thus additional ice and syrup may need to be
added twice to complete one shaved ice product.
The harder 0 degree F ice will dull machine
blades faster and increase machine wear. Some
retail outlets attempt to keep the ice approximately
12-18 degrees F. It is believed that this may
provide the best snow flow through the machine
and best quality snow.
This optimum temperature ice for
snow can be consistently achieved by first storing
the ice blocks in a chest freezer set at +10
degrees F overnight. Take the ice directly from
the chest freezer to the snow machine as needed.
Thus the +12-18 degree F optimum temperature
can be maintained for the normal business time
cycle required to shave a block of ice with
the snow machine. If the ice in the snow machine
reaches an undesirable temperature return the
ice to the freezer.
A chest freezer is preferred to
an upright freezer because cold air is heavier
than hot air. Cold air flows onto your feet
everytime the upright freezer door is opened.
A chest freezer will retain more cold air with
its door open and is thus more efficient. The
freezer door will be opened twenty times a day.
If an upright freezer must be used, do not place
the ice directly onto the wire shelving. The
ice will melt into the wire and freeze again.
The freezer will need to be defrosted to remove
the ice. Place plastic drop cloths over the
wire shelving to prevent the ice from sticking.
Freezers have a temperature control
knob to adjust the temperature. Most freezers
will be at 0 to + 5 degrees F
with the knob set at the warmest setting. The
knob is a fine setting feature. To move the
control knob to the desired + 10 degree F range
consult a repair man. Allow 24 hours for the
temperature to stabilize before checking the
results of the temperature change adjustments.
The first time the freezer is opened each day
the thermometer should read + 10 degrees F.
If a freezer colder than + 10
degrees F must be used for ice storage there
is a less convenient method to achieve optimum
temperature ice. First store the ice in the
freezer overnight. Remove the required ice (2
to 6 blocks) from the freezer approximately
30 minutes before it will be needed. Place the
ice into an ice chest with the lid open. This
ice is frosted and sticks to your fingers. After
approximately 30 minutes, two sides of the block
will begin to melt and the other two sides of
the block will remain frosted. This is the optimum
temperature ice for the best quality snow. To
hold the ice at this optimum temperature for
an extended period of time, close the lid on
the ice chest. If the ice in the machine reaches
an undesirable temperature, return the ice to
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