Keep An Ice Scoop In Your Freezer
Do you keep an Ice Scoop in your freezer?
If you don’t, you need to!
Most of us have a utility bin in our freezer where the Ice is stored. If your family and guests put their hands into the Ice compartment in the freezer to grab Ice cubes, it can be VERY unsanitary! All those hands touching the Ice. Yuk! Even if you have an Ice maker in your refrigerator door, you probably still store extra Ice in the freezer, and you should have an Ice scoop for it.
- Many people don’t realize that Ice Cubes can be carriers of bacteria. You can actually get very sick from contaminated Ice Cubes. If someone handles the Ice Cubes and they did not wash their hands prior, the Ice can be carriers of Norovirus, Salmonella, E.Coli and more. You certainly don’t want friends or family getting sick from contaminated Ice Cubes in your home.
If you don’t have an Ice Scoop, pick one up at the kitchen supply store or at a big box store. They are very inexpensive and having one in your Ice compartment will not only make it easier to serve your Ice, but it will keep it more sanitary.
- Don’t forget to provide an Ice Scoop when offering self service beverages to your guests too. You certainly don’t want everyone dipping their hands into the Ice bucket.
- If you use the old fashioned Ice Cube trays in your freezer, once the water has frozen, dump the Ice Cubes into a utility container to store and put an Ice Scoop in the container or next to it. It is best not to have everyone touching the trays to retrieve the Ice Cubes. Again, the more times it is handled the more germs can spread.
At the end of each day you should also put your Ice Scoop in the dishwasher to keep it clean and sanitary.
Don’t forget to clean and sanitize Ice Cube trays, Ice compartments, and automatic Ice dispensers in your refrigerator and freezer as well.