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Rob
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At work, we have a big ice machine bin with a metal scoop. I’m wondering what you think is the more sanitary method for storing the scoop: a) in the ice, or b) on top of the bin? I’m thinking that keeping it in the ice will keep it cold, thus suppressing the growth of bacteria and other organisms that inevitably get on the scoop. But on top of the bin, it will have less contact with the ice. What do you think?

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Which scoop storing method is more sanitary?
in the ice
on top of the bin
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c) If you just wash the scoop every few days, then it doesn't much matter. It's not like ice is a strong source of fast-growing deadly bacteria or mold.
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As soon as that metal scoop gets lost under freshly-made ice, you'll have an office rule to store it on top of the bin.
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The fact that your office even has an ice machine makes me sick.

Does that help?
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Labs always have ice machines labeled "not for food or drink." The ice is for keeping your reagents cold while you're working with them on your bench.

Everywhere I've been, the rule is that the scoop goes on top, so as not to get buried.

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What about those of us who have an ice machine, but no scoop soblue

I have to use a new paper cup to scoop...
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Thommy8 wrote:
What about those of us who have an ice machine, but no scoop soblue

I have to use a new paper cup to scoop...


Just buy one.

 
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Actually, most city/county health departments require the scoop to be kept out of the ice, even though it seems more intuitive to keep it cold.
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With temperatures 90+ and working on asphalt I wish work had an ice machine I don't know where to store the scoop, but I would store the ice on my head, like a pancake.
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Doesn't matter. I'm sticking my dirty unwashed hands in the pile of ice anyway. I might even put one in my mouth and put it back because it tastes funny.
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According to the TX department of health, the only proper way to store an ice scoop is by placing it in the ice, handle up. This is for ice that is used for human consumption, I am sure for ice that is used in labs for keeping specimens cool, it is totally different.
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amwiles wrote:
Thommy8 wrote:
What about those of us who have an ice machine, but no scoop soblue

I have to use a new paper cup to scoop...


Just buy one.



Wow, that $43 one better be really nice!
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Thommy8 wrote:
amwiles wrote:
Thommy8 wrote:
What about those of us who have an ice machine, but no scoop soblue

I have to use a new paper cup to scoop...


Just buy one.



Wow, that $43 one better be really nice!


It has Opus engraved on the handle.
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Echo2112 wrote:
According to the TX department of health, the only proper way to store an ice scoop is by placing it in the ice, handle up. This is for ice that is used for human consumption, I am sure for ice that is used in labs for keeping specimens cool, it is totally different.




I agree - we keep ours in the machine - because flies or mice or anything might be licking your ice scoop if you keep it out in the open. I guess we're lucky - at my workplace there is a little holder for the ice scoop near the top inside the machine, so it doesn't get buried under the new ice. neener, neener, my work has a better ice machine than yours!
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