One of the things that we all use from the kitchen is ice. What could be a better addition to your kitchen interior design than an ice maker? The home ice maker, which has been around for some time, is gaining in popularity in a big way. With people staying home more these days, entertaining has become more wide spread. Any gathering includes cold drinks, whether that is soda, lemonade or something more adult.
The use of ice in cooking is also wide spread, from cooling down homemade fudge to chilling heavy cream for whipping. The automatic ice makers in the refrigerators can never keep up except for a few glasses of ice at a time. Any serious use of ice requires a separate home ice maker.
We actually had two in our first house: one in the kitchen and one in the media room. Both were under the counters and well worth the investment. The one in the media room was located in the wet bar which also had a small refrigerator beside it – a great combination.
The clear ice machines will make small squares of ice (I like this type because it cools things off very quickly) or the moon slice shape. This type maintains its form longer and therefore has more staying power, but I found that once you have cooled off whatever it is that you are icing down, the small squares are just as good at keeping things cool as the larger, heavier ice cubes. Be sure to check the volume of ice any machine will produce and make your judgment according to your needs. As I said, we had two and that was not too many.
If you cannot afford the space for an ice maker, you can alway get a portable ice machine which work great. We have one that we take on picnics and plug into the car. It starts makng ice in about 15-20 minutes and we make as much as we need, no matter how many extra people show up.
Back to the kitchen design, by placing a home ice machine in the kitchen close to the cabinet where you keep the glasses, you will be delighted with your purchase. An under-the-counter home ice maker is one of the best investments you can make if you have an active home and/or social life.
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