Product Reviews

My first video review:

Ice makers are the unsung heroes of hospitality!

Nugget (chewable) ice makers are the ultimate home luxury.

Now you can have affordable ice at home like what we can get as Sonic or Chick-Fil-A or hospitals. Is this one the best?

I had to replace one and I still think it’s the best of several countertop ice makers I’ve had. Time will tell. Perhaps I’ll do a follow-up review but it’s been great for about 2 months. UPDATE: That one broke too.  I’m now on my 3rd Frigidaire Ice Maker.  I’m really enjoying it but I don’t give it any points for reliability.  Unless you really need the 44# theoretical production per day, I think I’d try the 33# model I give a link to below.  I have no personal experience with that model but it looks like a good option to try.  I have had many ice makers in the past.  I really enjoy the benefits compared to refrigerator ice but they are not in my experience extremely durable products. 

I’ve had crescent ice, cube ice, bullet ice & cylinder ice but none compare to chewable nugget ice for me. Here’s a link for you to check it out for yourself:

UPDATE as of 7/17/23: Since publishing this video Amazon shows this ice maker as out of stock. See the 2nd link below for an exciting option.

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Ice Maker in the video that has been out of stock:

Alternative Ice Maker to consider: (Smaller but currently ON SALE!)

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Here are some links to products on Amazon that I own and use and intend to do video reviews of.  As an Amazon Affiliate, I will receive a commission if you follow the link and make a qualified purchase.  This is at no additional cost to you.

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The COSORI Coffee Mug products are among my favorite hospitality tools.  Over the years I’ve experimented with multiple mug warmers and have always been severely disappointed.  All of my attempts prior to COSORI suffered from the same 2 problems: Insufficient wattage & poor heat transfer to the mug.  The COSORI has adequate wattage (24 watts) but that still won’t give good heat transfer when used with generic mugs.  Their solution is simple, elegant & effective:  Stainless steel mugs made to work specifically with their warmers.  The silicone sleeve is necessary for insulation when not gripping by the handle.  The lids significantly increase the ability to reach and maintain high temperatures.  They are not necessary for most normal usage.  The easy to operate digital thermostat goes from 77 to 230 degrees.  That’s not the content temperature.  I presume it’s the plate temperature as water boils at 218 degrees and these do not boil my liquids.  Just for my personal use, I now have 3 warmers and 5 mugs.  I’d like more!  I use them for: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Soup, Oatmeal, etc.  I sometimes use multiples at one time for different treats.  I also like having one (or more) by my recliner and one (or more) on my desk.

A crockpot full of chili is one of the most convenient and satisfying foods for any group event.  Simple, nutritious, popular, economical but sometimes awkward to serve.  Here’s the answer: OXO’s Good Grips Stainless Serving Ladle.  It’s dishwasher safe & capable of serving from the left or right – a surprisingly significant benefit when a line of people are serving themselves while holding their plate/bowl.  It’s also the perfect size.

What’s better than a cold pint of premium ice cream?  Only a cold pint of ice cream that doesn’t freeze your fingers.  You’ve probably used cozies for cold beverages but this use is even better.  It also works with the slightly less than 16 ounce cartons one major supplier of premium ice cream has gone to.  A sneaky way of raising the price but it’s still good ice cream.

If you don’t know what this is – good for you.  You don’t need one.  If, however, you’re a wine drinker/server and you’ve been using a simple corkscrew you may be amazed at how much more convenient this is.  I don’t drink much wine but I do appreciate this tool.  The stopper that’s included with it however, I don’t like as well as the simple and very inexpensive silicone stoppers.

If you’ve seen my video ice maker review you know how important I consider ice to be in social settings.  

Don’t get a good cooler and a good ice maker and then cheap out on your serving tool.  How many times have you seen busted red cups being unsuccessfully used to scoop ice?  You, or your self-serve guests will appreciate this fine touch.

If you’ve read many of my hospitality reviews, you know I like my hot stuff hot and my cold stuff cold.  Serving temperatures and the ability to maintain appropriate temperatures are one of the things that distinguishes the gracious host/hostess from those who strive to be adequate.  Insulation is the way to go but opaque is ugly & plastic feels cheap but insulated glass — Now, that’s classy!

Coasters protect furniture and make people more comfortable knowing where they can place their beverage but they do more!  

For a coaster to protect furniture it must be absorbent or concave.  If concave, your beverage sits in its own condensation ready to drip when it’s moved.  Ick!  An absorbent coaster, like these, absorbs the condensation so the bottom of the glass isn’t drippy. 

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