Fisheries & Food Producers
Flake or Scale? Do you know the difference? Or more importantly do you know which you should be using…
Scotsman Ice Systems manufacture one of the widest ranges of ice machines in the world with a special focus on flake and scale ice.
Other manufacturers sometimes cause unnecessary confusion as the don’t clearly define the difference between the two types, Scale ice is sometimes sold as Flake ice or vice versa… Making sure that you use the right type can be quite important to prevent avoidable damage or loss of quality to your products.
FLAKE – ‘Soft & Cold’ – flaked ice is the perfect product for displaying fresh produce for sale or to pack delicate items like broccoli or watercress. The ‘warmer’ nature of flake ice prevents freezer burn maximising product quality and shelf life. Especially with products like fresh fish fillets where the ice comes into direct contact with the flesh. Other uses for flake ice include keeping dough and pastry cool in bakeries, ice water baths for washing delicate fresh salad, fruits and vegetables in food production plants.
SCALE – ‘Harder & Colder’ – scale ice is incredibly dense and ‘dry’ with a very low temperature which makes it perfect for the preservation of more resilient fresh produce.The slow melt time makes it the ideal ice for transportation and distribution purposes. Scale ice is Scotsman’s coldest type of ice and is mainly used in big commercial applications, such as on trawlers for fish storage. If necessary, scale ice can be made using either fresh or saltwater. Scale ice is the ideal packing ice for the shellfish industry, the shells protect the delicate flesh from the extreme cold and the slow melt rate keeps packages fresh for far longer than all other ice types.
The Scotsman EcoX Range of ice making equipment operate on either R290 (Propane) or R744 (Carbon Dioxide) natural refrigerants (model dependant) which have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) value of 3 or less making the Scotsman EcoX ice makers fully complaint with both current and forthcoming F-Gas regulations.
If you would like some more information or to order your new machine, contact the Ice Experts at Hubbard Systems:
Email Us or call 01473 350045