Ice Crunching Vloggers?

Addicted to Ice!

Could I actually have found my dream job …. apparently in China, people PAY to watch other people eat Ice!! I think I may have died and gone to heaven – I’m going to have to look into this. For now here’s the link to the article I just read … crazy stuff!

People paying to watch people eat Ice!

Think I might have a go at making a YouTube video of me eating some Ice!! It’s worth a try huh?

Jo. x

A Side Order Of Poo With Your Ice?

I have been reading some reports recently of scientists who have found “Poo Bacteria” on ice at a number of major fast food Restaurants in the UK. Ice was sampled at 10 random branches each of McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King across the country to test for indications that they were contaminated by bacteria. The investigation was carried out following the results of BBC One’s Watchdog investigation earlier in the year, which found “significant levels” of faecal bacteria on ice samples in three major coffee chains.

DEFRA – the government department that sets water standards in the UK – advises the bacteria should not be present in water used for human consumption. The acceptable level for this type of bacteria in drinking water is zero. The coliforms were found at 3/10 branches of McDonald’s, 6/10 samples at Burger King and 7/10 samples at KFC. Four of the samples taken at Burger King and five at KFC were described as having “significant” levels. Watchdog consulted with Tony Lewis – Head of Policy and Education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – on the findings. On the programme, Tony said: “It’s extremely worrying. When we’re finding the sorts of numbers we’re finding here, you have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks. “And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?”

A KFC spokesperson said: “We are shocked and extremely disappointed by these results. We have strict procedures for the management and handling of ice, including daily and weekly inspections and cleaning of the ice machine and storage holds, as well as the routine testing of ice quality across our business. We immediately shut down the ice machines in the restaurants affected to conduct a thorough clean and inspection, and reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees. The restaurants all have an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) hygiene rating of four or five out of five, and we are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect. To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the UK.”

A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “We have robust procedures in place with regard to the production, storage and handling of ice in our UK restaurants. Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people and we will continue to review our procedures and training, working closely with our restaurant teams to ensure those procedures are adhered to at all times. Hygiene and safety practices are of the utmost importance to us and we’re proud that 99% of our restaurants have an independent hygiene rating of either good or very good. Like many UK food retailers, our ice is made by freezing drinking water using commercial ice machines. As the investigation highlights, there are no specific ice production standards in place, only those relating to unfrozen drinking water. We would therefore welcome the introduction of an agreed standard and would be happy to work with relevant industry bodies.”

A Burger King spokesperson said: “Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority for the Burger King® brand. The strict procedures we have in place are designed to ensure all Guests have a positive experience each time they visit our restaurants. We are proactively working with our franchisees in the U.K. to reinforce these procedures. This report is an opportunity for us to emphasise our training procedures and ensure all operations and safety standards are upheld in all Burger King® restaurants.”1

Water — especially hard water — naturally has many different minerals and microscopic sediment in it. If left unfiltered, these minerals can build up in your machine. Eventually, it becomes clear to the naked eye just what is in your water. Dirt and rust are two culprits that can clog up your machine over time. Lime scale and mold can also build up and make it difficult for your machine to produce ice.

If left unclean, all of this buildup can lead to unnecessary wear on your ice maker. There may be some clear indicators that your ice maker needs a clean. The ice cubes the machine produces may start to become smaller. The ice may start to look cloudy, feel soft, or have a strange taste.

When you start to notice the quality of your ice changing, this is an indication that it is time to clean your machine. If you use a filter for your ice maker, a good rule of thumb is to follow your filter changes and clean your machine when you change the filter, approximately every three to six months.

Remember — You know that your ice maker needs cleaning if the ice it produces has changed in size, look, or even taste. I recommend cleaning your machine every three to six months for optimal performance. You should consult your owner’s manual before cleaning, especially for machines with automatic cleaners. For manual machines, the steps listed below should help you get off to a good start on keeping your machine clean.2

So this got me to thinking about the bugs and beasties that could turn up in my beloved Ice and also, how to keep my Ice machine clean and in tip top condition.

The top 3 biggest problems that can be found in Ice.

  1. Mould – Mould is found far too often on the door seals, door lips and exposed parts of Ice Machines in both pubs and restaurants. The very cold temperatures can make the growth and spread of mould slow down but every time the door is opened (or in some cases left open for extended periods of time) warm air can get in and cause condensation which will encourage mould growth. It can be even worse if you regularly switch your ice machine off overnight or for extended periods.
  2. Bacteria – E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria and Norovirus are just a few of the harmful germs and bacteria that can grow and become established in unclean ice machines. All of these are harmful to health and can even cause death in the more vulnerable. Over time if a bacterial contamination is not dealt with it can form an organic residue secreted by the germs which protects them from damage and allows further growth – and is hard to shift when established. Whatever tools you use to dispense ice, be it a glass, metal scoop or tongs will be contaminated with whatever is on your hands, and if you drop them back into your ice machine or ice bucket then each ice cube will get a nice coating of contamination.We all know we are in a rush to get that icy goodness but do you remember to wash your hands before each time?  No, which is why it’s even more important to wash them at important times, such as after going to the toilet, stroking an animal or handling raw meat.
  3. Limescale – If you do not have a water softener or water filtration system then you could get a build up of limescale within the machine. Remove the limescale with a food safe descaling product during your regular clean as bacteria & germs find hard water scales the perfect place to grow.

Top tips for a clean machine:

  • Switch the machine off.
  • Remove and throw away any Ice already in the machine (just let it melt in the sink, it wont take long).
  • Remove and clean the filters with a soft brush.
  • Spray the inside of the machine with a food safe sanitising spray (like this one from Amazon) and leave it for the required amount of time to work.
  • Wipe the internal surfaces, paying special attention to any lips, ledges and seals.
  • Clean the water baths, ice baths, cube crushers and other mechanical components.
  • Bring the machine back into service but make sure you dispose of the first batch of ice made after cleaning to ensure no chemical residue is left behind.

Other Cleaning

Ice buckets, scoops and tongs should all be cleaned properly in the same way you would clean the utensils used in your kitchen, after all ice is classed as a food.3

First wobble

So last night I was showing a friend this website, just to see what they thought of the layout and pictures, and they started asking me about being addicted to Ice. They literally couldn’t understand it and actually looked at me quite disgusted! I was even sitting there with a massive glass of Ice next to me, crunching away! The more I tried to explain the compulsivity of it – the more they looked at me incredulously. It was a very strange scenario – I’m very used to people just accepting that this is the way I am and just leaving me to it.

Of course, me being me – felt the need to MAKE him understand, so started showing him pictures to show him the extent of my feelings. The first one I showed him was the most beautiful picture I have ever seen and it is of Frosty, Crunchy, Fresh grass – now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go out into the garden and start munching on grass but this photo is ridiculously tempting! He didn’t get it.

Frosty, Crunchy, Fresh, Icy Grass.
So, secondly I showed him this one of a frosty car and told him that I’m really not as bad as I used to be – when I was a kid, I would wipe my hand across a frosty car like this and then eat the ice from my hand. By the way I am aware how absolutely gross that sounds now but I was just trying to point out how long I’d been dealing with these cravings and how I don’t do disgusting things like that anymore! Although, I can’t say I’m not tempted!

Frostiness on a car!

I think the final straw came when I started talking about Fish!! I think I’ve probably mentioned this already but I have a huge compulsion to grab a handful of ice every time I see those mounds of fresh Ice at the fishmongers counter! This, is when he finally said something. This insightful piece of feedback was “Well, you can definitely call it an addiction” Whilst looking at me like I was an alien and should be sectioned!

Fish and Ice

So please, someone, anyone, please tell me that I’m not alone in this! There must be more of you out there! Please comment if you understand, even slightly, I’m really starting to feel like that Website about Addicted to Ice (as in the Ice = Crystal Meth) would have been more normal!!

Crunching Ice?

 

Crunching Ice?

Looking for information on what it means? Trying to find support? Want to know you’re not alone? Want to share your story? You have arrived at the right place. Crunching or Chewing Ice is a condition named Pagophagia, and is commonly caused by Vitamin or Mineral Deficiency of some kind. It is probably way more common than you think because many people that have it just think it’s a normal part of them and not any kind of Deficiency.

While I was looking online to see if other people have this problem, I stumbled across the “Ice Chewers Bulletin Board” which is really quite eye opening! Almost everything i read I could completely resonate with – it was quite a wake up for me and also a big affirmation that I’m doing the right thing as there are many more “Ice Chewers” out there than I realised. These are some of the comments I came across which I thought would be good to share.

“The first memory I have of noticing myself craving ice is about two years ago. I remember going grocery shopping and consistently thinking to myself “I want a large glass of water with lots of clear ice, and a slice of lemon”. This went on for like a month or two, then I quit buying the lemon and quit drinking the water. I would just take the water, freeze all of it. I’ve broken two molars because I was chewing so violently, and I just can’t stop. That same time when I would stop at gas stations for a drink I would just ask for giant cups of ice, and basically I would substitute most of my drinking and sometimes my eating with ice. The obsession grew out of control when I discovered that at my work, there were TWO ice machines, making slushy hospital ice. I am so addicted to the cool, jagged feeling of crushed ice going down my throat, clumps of it gathering in the corners of my mouth. Ever since then, I have gone from loving machine ice to store bought and back to just preferring to perfect the texture of the ice by making it myself with water I buy.”

“I started chewing ice when I was around 11 years old circa 1960’s! It started when I discovered how yummy freezer frost tastes! It tastes just like snow….and/or crushed ice which I adore folks!!! Yum yummy double yum!!!!! Of course this was all before they made auto defrost refrigerators and freezers!”

“Its weird because I always refused to have ice in my drink. It was a pet peeve to have it there. and then about a year ago I started loving ice.. and then the obsession grew and grew.”

“In my country it is winter right now but for me the ice chewing will never stop. I started ice chewing in 2001, it was weird really. I took a plastic tub and I placed it in the freezer for a couple of hours it was ice with lots of water inside, I took a knife cracked it and it was heaven that’s how I started chewing ice, I dont know a lot of people who have this cool behaviour, but my favourite way of eating ice is when I take plastic water bottles fill them half full with water and then let it freeze and when it is completely frozen I start banging it on the sides of my table, (I only do this when I am alone though ) I bang the Ice until it’s fluffy and white the taste is amazing the texture very soft not bad for my teeth and for my taste buds heaven. Ok I am drooling let me go get my fix at my work’s freezer with the small ice cubes. Check you later!!!!!”

“I think I have been eating Ice since i was about 7 or 8 years old. I am 30 now. I used to scrape the freezers then I moved up to the ice trays. From there I started making the ice real thin in the ice trays. Now I am on deep freezers, cookie company, and Sonic Ice. If the ice is not white I wont eat it. I even have the times down to a T when all the Sonic’s in Chattanooga and even the one in Marietta GA. ice machine is putting out the GOOD ice.”

“I have been chewing ice for as long as I can remember. As a kid when all the other kids were having kool-aid I was having cups of ice! I am going to be 39 in June. One of my sisters also loves Ice. My neice also loves to chew ice. I am from a very large family I have 8 younger siblings and tons of neices and nephews. We are the only three ice chewers in the family.A few years ago my dentist told me that chewing ice cubes was equivalent to chewing on rocks – YIKES! So I now own several ice shavers – so I can have my ice and chew it too! I got one for my neice and my sister got one for herself.I live in New England and eat ice year round – cold weather or not! I eat several large glasses a day. I use Poland Spring bottled water to make the molds for my ice. The bottles are 1PT. 0.9 FL OZ in size. At the end of the day I have had 8 bottles of water frozen into ice.”

“My first memory is from back when refrigerator freezers were not frost-free. My father used to get a giant spoon and scrape the ice from the “ceiling” of the freezer! It would have a consistency like snow. And every now and then, my father would give a spoonful to me and my sister! When I was older and had my own apartment with fridge that wasn’t frost free, I’d “accidentally” leave the freezer door just slightly open so that more ice would accumulate in the freezer. (My mouth is drooling now at the thought of it!) Writing this crazy stuff makes me think there could be a show on TV similar to “Intervention” or something, showing the lengths that people like us go through to get good ice!!”

“Hadn’t thought of this in 50 years, but yes, my mother used to periodically defrost the freezer part of our fridge and I would eat a bunch of the the frost chunks. she would catch them in a pan and I remember taking the pan of slushy freezer chunks and eating them like popsicles. If it had been a long time since defrosting, they might have a bit of a funky taste. Somehow doesn’t sound too healthy now, but to this day I love eating crushed (or any kind) of ice.”1

I have also had my fair share of Ice Crunching adventures, I consider myself to be a serious Ice Cruncher! So much that my Counter Top Ice Machine can’t keep up with the amount of Ice I eat.


It’s a good one though, The Polar Counter Top Ice Maker, £149.94 in the UK , or this similar one in the States, $94.99 – you have to manually fill the tank, so I can always use my favorite water. While no Counter Top Ice Machine is refrigerated, this one is very well insulated, the ice melts really slowly! Luckily it uses sensors so it stops when it’s full, and makes more when it’s low. It makes 10kg of Ice per 24 hour period which is super fast. It has just enough hardness to feel like your crunching, however, it is fairly soft and really is an ice eaters dream! The longer the ice sits in the basket, the softer it gets. When the ice melts it just drains back into the water reservoir to be turned into ice again, so you don’t need a drain! Our current one has been running like a champ for almost exactly a year now. I didn’t intend to recommend an Ice machine in this post but I figure if any of you are desperate you may as well know all about what I use at the moment – however, like I said – it has trouble keeping up with me so I will be testing and reviewing something else soon – and I’ll probably pop a video and some photo’s on when I get time.

  1. Ice Chewers Bulletin Board – All about Chewing Ice • View topic – When did you start chewing ice?, Ice Chewers Bulletin Board – All about Chewing Ice, http://www.icechewing.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=576

About Jo

Hi and welcome to Addicted to Ice, where I feel I need to make it clear that this page is not about being addicted to “ICE” as in Crystal Meth!!! Obviously I thought of the website name before I realized it had anything to do with drugs and it is rather unfortunate … So … If you have arrived here looking for Crystal Meth I would advise you to see a medical professional or Drug Councilor.

I just want to crunch it!

My Story.

So the type of Ice that I’m addicted to is a lot more boring than that but certainly not as bad for me!! My addiction is to plain old Frozen Water – but my do I love it!! I’m the first to admit that I’ve never had a good diet, some of this is because I’m Autistic, and the rest because I’m Lazy! I have had various health problems in the past and have learned about Nutrition and Supplements to help me with these problems. In some areas I have had dramatic success and some outstanding results! However, Anemia and B12 Deficiency have plagued my life – and along with those problems – comes an irresistible craving for crunching Ice!

Why I started this Website.

I know that I’m not the only person who “suffers” from this problem, (although I may well be the most extreme) but it’s difficult to find any kind of advice or even understanding about it! I don’t remember a time when I didn’t crave Ice – I have vivid memories of going to my friends house at the age of about 12 and scraping Ice from the roof of her freezer and eating it with a spoon! I also had a cashier job at a local supermarket and would scrape the ice from the bar code to scan it (even though you didn’t need to!) then suck my finger once the customer had gone! I know this is gross but other people must be having to cope with this kind of thing with no one to talk to about it!

Addicted to Ice!

As I have grown up I have found countless ways to make my life easier and more comfortable, like buying Ice machines to make Ice at home, buying particular thermos cups to keep Ice cold when I’m out and about, finding the restaurants and cafe’s that have unlimited Ice machines. I want to pass on this information to anyone that needs it – and also to reassure people that they’re not alone in this strange habit!

I want to help you to save money and stay healthy.

I hope to be able to talk about the health issues and deficiencies which can exacerbate this problem, and also help you to understand which items would be genuinely useful. There are certain foods and supplements which help with deficiencies and I will be trying to find the best value for all of us!
Of course, you may have just stumbled across my website because you are looking for an Ice Machine for your home in the summer or for information about B12 deficiency, and of course, you are more than welcome. Make yourself comfortable – grab a cup of ice and enjoy my ramblings!

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Jo Morris

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