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Troubleshooting icy soft serve

In this article we will look at common soft serve consistency issues and provide tips and solutions to fix them quickly.  Product is Droopy or Soft If your product tastes okay but it’s too soft and not forming properly, it may be due to: A lack of air circulation around the machine. Make sure your Spaceman machine has a minimum clearance of 6″ on all sides. Worn scraper blades. Check for any wear and tear on your scraper blades which would mean they are not scraping frozen product off the freezing cylinder’s walls properly. Product has sat in the freezing cylinder for too long being spun and beaten. This causes your soft serve to lose some of its air content, AKA ‘overrun’. It also can over beat some of the ingredients such as stabilizers and emulsifiers which are used to give your soft serve mix that nice consistency. To fix…

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6 Types of Frozen Desserts

Think a soft serve machine can only produce soft serve ice cream? Well, that’s certainly not the case when it comes to Spaceman soft serve machines! In this article, we will go over the different types of frozen desserts your Spaceman machine can produce and the differences between them all. Soft Serve Ice Cream To start off with the most obvious of them all, our machines are meant to produce soft serve. Soft serve is basically ice cream that is soft. The reason that soft serve is soft is because air is incorporated during the freezing process, giving it a fluffy, light, and creamy texture. Milkshakes Milkshakes are a popular dessert, mainly because they taste like ice cream but they’re even easier to consume. They’re typically made of ice cream and milk, which is what gives them a more liquid and frothy consistency. You can make milkshakes in your Spaceman…

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How to Troubleshoot Common Issues With Your Ice Cream Machine

Soft serve machines are great. They’re versatile, they provide us with one of the world’s favorite guilty pleasures, they’re profitable for businesses – the list goes on. There’s no doubt that a soft serve machine could be a good investment, but when you run into mechanical issues, it may have you second-guessing your purchase. We’re here to go over some problems you may encounter while operating your Spaceman soft serve machine, and the simple ways to solve them. The Ice Cream Consistency Is Too Soft or Runny It’s a fact that nobody wants runny soft serve. In the summertime, soft serve already melts quicker than usual, so we don’t want our product coming out runny before it even reaches our customer’s hands. Assuming you are using a pre-packaged mix that has a perfect brix level, the issue is probably your viscosity. If your product was originally good texture, and is…

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Ice cream is enjoyed by patrons all over the world. While the dessert is among the most popular of all time, many people may not know much about it. We’re here to teach you more about the tasty treat to give you a deeper understanding of the snack you’re consuming. Ice Cream Was Invented in China The origins of ice cream date all the way back to the Tang Dynasty of China. The ruler of the dynasty, King T’ang of Shang, had 94 “ice men” who would carry ice to the palace for him, for it to later be mixed with fermented milk, flour, and camphor. The ingredients and process to make ice cream in today’s world are certainly different, but the idea remains the same. Commercial Production for Ice Cream Began in Baltimore, Maryland While ice cream has its origins in China, industrial production began in an entirely different…

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If you thought that frozen beverage machines were solely made for bars and restaurants – think again.  We’re introducing you to Jim Bleech, owner of Rum Runner, a company that operates a boat that sails the beautiful waters of the British Virgin Islands. The Rum Runner is not your average boat though; it’s a boat that houses two dual-flavor Spaceman frozen beverage machines on it, allowing Jim to hand-deliver frozen cocktails to customers who are on boats of their own. We got the opportunity to speak to Jim about his company, the success it has brought him, where the idea came from, and how Spaceman frozen beverage machines have helped him live out his dreams on the turquoise waters. Where did the idea come from? The idea for a power boat that sold frozen cocktails came about around 30 years ago. When Jim used to lay out on the beach,…

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Spaceman NAFEM 2023

Spaceman @ NAFEM 2023 The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) is the world’s leading trade show and is 100% dedicated to showcasing foodservice equipment and supplies. This year, NAFEM will be taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from February 1st to the 3rd. What to Expect at the Spaceman Booth Spaceman is honored to be exhibiting at this year’s NAFEM show. Our booth #3617 is located on a main isle and is conveniently located next to the NAFEM lounge where you can relax and enjoy the tasty treats we will be serving up. We will showcase twelve of our top selling “featured line” machines – eight frozen beverage machines and four soft serve machines.  We are unveiling our next generation frozen beverage models, which include overhead merchandising displays, single piece beaters, enhanced user interface, and improved functionality for milkshake products.  Each morning…

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Frozen Margarita Recipes

What Is a Frozen Margarita and Why Should Restaurants Be Masters of Them?  The margarita is undeniably one of the most popular drinks of choice across bars all over the world. The cocktail, which contains tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, is fun and refreshing to drink, but also strong enough to leave you feeling good. People especially love frozen margaritas because the icy texture of these slushie-like drinks slightly masks the taste of the tequila, helping it go down easier. If made properly, frozen margaritas can be extremely advantageous for a business. How To Make a Frozen Margarita in a Frozen Beverage Machine To make frozen margaritas profitable to your business, it’s important to make them perfectly so consumers come back for more. This means the consistency should be spot-on, the flavor should be well-balanced, and the presentation should be appealing. There are different ways that you can make…

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Frozen Cocktails Old Town Putt

In the heart of Fort Collins lies an indoor miniature golf course-turned bar. What was once intended to just be a place to play mini golf is now a full-bar that boasts a snazzy outdoor patio and loads of fun arcade games to keep guests entertained. Known for their frozen cocktails, Old Town Putt lures customers in from all over the country to try out these icy treats, and they’re left yearning for more every time. Spaceman USA got the chance to sit down with Dana Snell, owner and founder of Old Town Putt, to learn more about the fun hang out spot and how selling frozen beverages has positively impacted his business. Where did the idea for an indoor miniature golf bar come from? Old Town Putt was originally planned to be a retail store. Once Dana along with his wife, Nora, moved from Florida to Fort Collins, they…

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Commercial Soft Serve Machine Features

There are many features that make up a commercial soft serve ice cream machine. When you watch soft serve machines dispense product, it appears easy, but behind scenes there are many mechanisms and features that ensure your machine operates properly. In this article, we’re going to go over a few of the features that every soft serve ice cream machine should have.  We will also discuss the importance of parts, service, support, and training.  The first step to success is ensuring you choose the right soft serve machine for your store.  Pre-Cooling System/Hopper Refrigeration Putting dairy products in your soft serve ice cream machine is like storing milk in a refrigerator. It is necessary to refrigerate milk or any dairy products to ensure they do not go sour or form bacteria. The same goes for the soft serve mix you add to your machine. The area where product is stored…

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Freakshake Machine

Whether you own a Spaceman soft serve machine or a frozen beverage machine, it’s time to diversify what you’ve been offering. Halloween is slowly creeping up on us, and that means people are willing to consume things they wouldn’t normally eat or drink.  We’re here to propose some unique ideas to make in your Spaceman USA machine this month, because in October, you can get away with making crazy frozen concoctions that might be seen as peculiar during any other time of the year. Freakshakes If you’ve never heard of a freakshake before, it’s one of those milkshake monstrosities that you might need an army to finish. People love freakshakes, not only because of the name, but because they are insta-worthy and provide consumers with an exciting, texture-packed dessert. You can easily make a freakshake if you have a Spaceman USA frozen beverage machine. With the proper milkshake ingredients and…

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