The wonders of having additional ice machines in the home

One of the things we all use in the kitchen is ice. What could be a better addition to your kitchen interior design than an icemaker? The home ice maker, which has been around for some time, is gaining popularity in a big way. With people staying at home more these days, entertainment has become more mainstream. Any gathering includes cold beverages, whether it’s soda, lemonade, or something more grown-up.

The use of ice in cooking is also widespread, from cooling homemade candy to cooling heavy whipping cream. Automatic ice machines in 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.

In fact, we had two in our first home: one in the kitchen and one in the media room. Both were under counters and well worth the investment. The one in the media room was located in the wet bar which also had a small refrigerator next to it, a great combination.

Clear ice machines will make little squares of ice (I like this type because it cools things down so quickly) or the moon slice shape. This type holds its shape longer and therefore has more staying power, but I’ve found that once you’ve chilled whatever you’re freezing, small squares are just as good at keeping things cool as cubes of larger and heavier ice. Be sure to check the volume of ice any machine will produce and make your judgment based on your needs. Like I said, we had two and that wasn’t too much.

If you can’t afford the space for an ice maker, you can always get a portable ice maker that works great. We have one that we take on picnics and plug in the car. It starts making ice in about 15-20 minutes and we do everything we need to, no matter how many extra people show up.

Going back to the design of the kitchen, placing a homemade ice machine in the kitchen near the cabinet where you keep the glasses, you will be delighted with your purchase. An under-the-counter ice maker is one of the best investments you can make if you have an active household and/or social life.