Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Edmonton baker uses packaged ice in bread making.

When you think of Edmonton and Ice do you think bread?  I certainly would of never of considered ice a vital ingredient when it comes to making bread and pastries.  Of course, I didn't know they used ice to make concrete harder till I started working at Columbia Ice.  I shouldn't be surprised they use ice in the wonderful world of baking.  I am not entirely sure why some bakeries use packaged ice in their processes but from what I can tell by googling there are two reasons.

Edmonton ice for Edmonton bread
The first is ice cold water is used to slow the fermentation process allowing some sort of acids to work, giving the bread more flavor.  The second is when dealing with lard in pie crusts you don't want the lard to melt.  According to Ernie, this gives the crust good flakiness.  I have never actually attempted to make pie crust, a pie or even bread so I will take his word on it.

Learning Edmonton ice is used in baking is one thing, trying to find the right type of bakery is another when it comes to trying to sell ice.  As an iceman working at an Edmonton ice company looking for new clients, you want to find the high volume baker that uses enough ice to make a delivery worthwhile and doesn't have an ice machine.  Sadly this has not been easy as the bakeries I have contacted in the past either have an ice maker or don't make the right types of breads, pie crusts and/or pizza crust where they need ice.

But I am alive and lots of people are not alive. I have a home and don't have to worry about bombs being dropped on it.  I have dogs that don't try to eat me.... so I am feeling optimistic.  I am going to write this snazzy blog post.  Some Edmonton baker will read the post, call 780-960-7161 and say SANDRA I need ice to make the bread flavorful. I need ice to make flaky crusts on pie,  I need ice, someone hit me over the head with a bat... might of been the Master Iceman of Columbia Ice trying to increase ice sales...

Thank you for listening ice.. most nice of you..

Master Iceman

Friday, July 15, 2016

Every time in rains there is an iceman crying.

Being an iceman in Alberta can be depressing.  You turn on the news, read a digital paper and everyone is talking about global warming.  The one business which is global warming friendly should be ice.  As the world warms more people need to cool themselves with ice cold water or beer.  Not in yeg aka Edmonton or Calgary where the rain keeps on falling.  I am not exactly sure where this rain comes from as we live in the prairies.  the rain does not stay long.  It will be plus 25, sunny, a beautiful day and then bam the rain hits.   With rain comes the cancellation of events, people do not go camping and ice sales drop, drop, drop.  This makes me cry.  

First it was the low price of oil meaning no worker ice and now unpredictable weather killing ice sales.   Maybe I need to get into the umbrella business.  At Columbia Ice we make ice to keep beer cold and umbrellas to keep you dry.  If only I could pay workers 10 cents an hour like they do at sweatshops where umbrellas are made. 

Would you like a job making umbrellas for 10 cents an hour?  Hahaha.. this is a joke btw.  I wouldn't actually pay anyone 10 cents.  I pay a living wage even for students who are mostly useless.  

They call me... I call me

the master iceman.

Get off your mobile phone and get to work

Even though you tell employees to get off their phone in the ice factory, you almost have to be a tyrant to get them to listen.  Whether it be addiction or just not caring about the dangers around them young folk have no idea how unemployable they are with their phones on them.  I probably have to lock phones up if I want people to respect the condition of no phones on the ice floor.  I promise you those I see on the phone won't be back next year.  If I tell you something once, twice and on the third time mental note, does not listen to instructions, will not get another summer job with us.

I was so gunhoe this year, going to prove everybody wrong, students can work hard.. I was wrong, students for the most part our nearly completely useless.  You can't send them to do a job if you expect it to be done right.  Instead you will get the least amount of work possible or what I call lip service work.  A student will not go above and beyond as they take no pride in their work.  My mechanic said he could hire a student, get the student to sweep the floor, but he would have to go after the student to sweep the floor correctly.  The other day I had a student sweep the back area.  There was a piece of wood that needed to be moved to get the sawdust under it's edge.  Student sweeps around the wood, does not move it.

When I have to find something for a student to do the question goes through my mind what can this student do that is right?

Absolutely nothing..

Next year it will be different.  I am going to see a lawyer and each student will have to sign a phone waver stating that if they are injured or hurt in my warehouse while on their phone the company is not liable, nor is WCB.  Furthermore I, the employer can sue the student for being on the phone in the warehouse when they were explicitly told not to be on the phone.  It probably isn't legal to do this..

I guess the asshole will come out next year where I simply fire people for being on the phone.

Mobile phones make young people dangerous and nearly useless.  I won't hire students again.  Tired of stupid, can't listen to instructions, don't know how to work with any purpose, lulligag around like a piece of waste flesh.

Master Iceman