An Ounce of Prevention
Establishing a preventative maintenance and cleaning plan in which your milkshake machine undergoes a periodic and regular service check will go a long way in eliminating milkshake machine breakdowns and possible service disruptions.
If you should run across a problem with your milkshake machine, our skilled technicians can properly service the milkshake machine. Our trained Ice Cream Specialties Service Technicians and diagnostic equipment enable us to perform repairs when you need them.
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Our goal is to get you back in the business of serving smiles.
It’s hard to imagine a trip to a fast food joint without ordering a cool, thick milkshake. The drinks, which were once only handmade in soda fountains and later produced in huge numbers by machines in restaurants such as McDonald’s, are identified with summer and childhood. Though the variety of flavors have long since left the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry options behind, the milkshake remains an enduring cool treat and a part of America’s culinary history.
As more soft-serve ice cream machines took their place in fast food and established restaurants, milkshakes continue to be popular into the twenty-first century. The machines, which whip air into the ice cream mixtures, allow establishments to use fewer ingredients than a traditional handmade milkshake without all the air. Milkshakes have also been used in dentists’ offices to help relax patients and cool their mouths after certain procedures. Bars also started serving milkshakes containing alcohol, bringing the story of the milkshake and its origins as a whiskey treat full circle.
The delicious treat is called a milkshake because its ingredients are shaken, whipped or mixed together. The milkshake gained popularity when Ivar “Pop” Coulson of Walgreens added ice cream to malted milk and created an entirely new drink. With the advent of blenders and fast-food restaurants, it is increasingly easy to find a milkshake.
Dairy Queen’s Blizzard is a soft serve ice cream product with added treats such as Oreos, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and M&Ms mixed into it. Dairy Queen debuted the blizzard in 1985 and sold more than 175 million shakes in that year. Prior to 1985, Dairy Queen offered traditional milkshakes in conventional flavors.
If your milkshake machine can’t milk the cows, it can’t make any money for you. Proper maintenance of you machine will reduce your long-term repair costs. It also will ensure that your machine works instead of sitting unused. Here’s how to care for your milkshake machine.
- Make sure the power supplied is what the milkshake machine needs.
- Make sure no other appliances will vent hot air onto the milkshake machine, or into its condenser.
- Make sure there is clear space as specified by the factory to allow good air flow around and through the unit.
- Once the machine is in service, be careful not to block air flow through the condensing coil, inspect the condensing coil once a week to make sure that it’s clean, and clean it thoroughly as soon as you see any dust or grime build-up.
- The condensing coil is the part of the machine that releases the heat picked up from the freezing milkshake, so the cleaner the condensing coil is, the more efficiently the machine will freeze the milkshake.
- The compressor won’t have to run as long to freeze the product, which will result in a lower power bill, and a longer service life for the compressor.
- Keep the operator’s manual for your milkshake machine handy, and follow the guidelines about cleaning, inspection, re-assembly, lubrication, and sanitation carefully.
- Careful lubrication of the right parts at the right places reduces friction between the moving parts, and the lubricant also acts as a sealant that prevents the mix from leaking around the seals.
- Regularly, open the side and back panels of your milkshake machine and inspect the interior to see if there are any deposits of leaked product. If there are any deposits, clean them out to prevent insects from infesting the machine, and repair the seal that’s leaking.
Just like changing the oil and filters in an automobile, scheduled maintenance will help your milkshake machine provide more reliable service. Plus, careful cleaning and sanitation helps ensure that every batch of product will consistently be excellent.