Several months ago at a business dinner, somehow, the coversation turned to the topic of “ice”. My friend Greg educated us all on the wonders of “clear ice” and how it differed from the typical stuff found in our freeze.
You see, freezer ice traps pockets of air during the freezing process. This results in the traditional “cloudy” ice. “Clear ice”, Greg explained, it frozen molecule by molecule as water flows over a cold metal plate. As a result, when it is ready, the ice is crystal clear.
I have long been a friend of clear ice, but I always refered to it as “store bought” as I didn’t have an ice machine. Greg, on the other hand, has a unit in his wet bar. Specifically, the “U-Line clr2060“.
I researched the clr2060 and discovered it cost around $2,000. A quick calculation indicated that I could by a bag of ice every day for 20 years before getting a return on investment (oddly, Greg is a consultant for Accenture. It appears he isn’t familiar with the ROI concept.)
Greg recently sent me some pictures of his ice machine (there is is in the background). I have to admit, I am kinda jealous…ROI be damned.