Ice scoops are used to carry ice into a shaker, mixing glass or serving glass. They’re usually made of stainless steel metal or food-safe plastic. Ice is one of the key components in making cocktails. They’re used to chill a drink for a nice, cold, and refreshing taste.
Plastic Vs. Metal Ice Scoops
- Thermal Conductivity
Both plastic and metal are thermally conductive. Metal has a higher conductivity than plastic which makes them colder faster when exposed to ice. This can make them difficult to hold if the scoop is too cold.
Stainless steel metal is corrosion and rust-resistant. They have a high chemical resistance compared to plastic. Since plastic has less chemical resistance, there’s a higher chance of becoming brittle and breakage.
Plastic is a lot cheaper than metal due to the shipping and energy costs. It takes less energy to make plastic compared to metal since it’s a lot lighter than metal.
Types of Ice
- Regular Cube
These are also known as large cubes. They’re solidly built and have nearly a 100% ice-to-water ratio. These are best for large-volume uses like bagging or dispensing ice. Soft drinks and mixed drinks are great for this type of ice.
Regular ice cubes have a larger size with a slow melting rate. It provides maximum cooling and reduces ice consumption which is great for restaurants.
- Full Cube
This is also known as dice ice or square cube. They’re solidly built and have nearly a 100% ice-to-water ratio. These are best used for ice bagging, dispensing, soft drinks, and mixed drinks.
Full ice cubes have a uniform shape and size. They’re large with a slow melting rate, it provides maximum cooling and reduces ice consumption which is excellent for catering companies. If you need a clean look, this ice is for you.