Abstract: A reversible pouch for carrying food containers such as casserole dishes, cake pans, and the like, includes a body which is fully reversible and two sets of handles to be used depending on which configuration is chosen. In the preferred embodiment, four flaps are provided which may be folded in a variety of ways. By selecting different colors, patterns or textures for the two sides of the pouch and for one or more sets of the flaps, a wide variety of decorative combinations are provided. For example, by appropriate selections of design and/or color, one configuration of the pouch would be suitable for summer picnics, while in another configuration, the pouch would be appropriate for use during the Christmas holidays.
Abstract: A drip-less vessel has a flange at its upper end which is angled at about 30.degree. with respect to the horizontal, a ramp of approximately 3/8" located behind the junction of the inner surface and the edge of the vessel, and a smooth internal contour with direction changing surfaces blended into one another so as to avoid sharp or noticeable protrusions which could be sensed by the sensitive tissues of the mouth of a user.
Abstract: An improved, multi-purpose cake pan which offers the flexibility of having both a flat-cake pan and a tube-cake pan, the compact storageability of a single cake pan, and a simplified means of removing either a flat-cake or a tube-cake from the outer rim of the cake pan itself. Two separate cake pan insets are provided to allow the cake pan user to bake either a flat-cake or a tube-cake. Both such insets fit securely into an outer rim--giving the appearance of a standard, one-piece cake pan. A tube-cake handle quickly connects to the tube-cake inset and allows it to be easily removed from the outer rim of the cake pan. A quick procedure for removing the flat-cake inset is performed by simply lowering the cake pan over the tube-cake inset whereby a vertical column of the tube-cake inset pushes the flat-cake inset up and out of the outer rim of the cake pan.
September 20, 1994
Date of Patent:
July 23, 1996
Anchor Hocking Corporation
Larry W. Schiffer, Jay Z. Muchin, Donald C. Kuehl
Abstract: A unitary pizza pan having a substantially circular bottom, an upwardly raised portion extending outwardly therefrom, a plurality of small apertures formed therethrough and multiple support members which position the bottom of the pan a slight distance above a horizontal surface upon which the pan is placed the combination of these features providing for a crispier crust and a shorter cooking time.
Abstract: A spraying apparatus having a continuously moving conveyor belt which brings a vessel rim down to a spraying station, arrests movement of the vessel and aligns it with a vacuum gripping head, grips the vessel bottom and lifts and presents the vessel to a sprayer, rotates the vacuum gripped vessel rapidly to apply a plurality of thin layers of coating, and returns the coated vessel to the conveyor and releases the grip on the vessel so that the continuously moving conveyor can discharge the coated vessel from the spraying station.
August 17, 1993
Date of Patent:
May 21, 1996
Anchor Hocking Corporation
Michael L. Pietrowski, Gordon D. Norlin, Thomas J. Mohr, Charles R. Williams, Thomas J. Haug, John W. Herrmann
Abstract: An improved one-sided embossing process for manufacturing low-fat non-stick frying cookware is provided. The process provides a textured cooking surface free of sharp edges which increases the useful life of a non,stick coating applied thereto. The embossed cooking surface of the resulting frying device comprises a series of wave-like grooves embossed in the surface of the pan. The wave-like pattern of each groove is one-half G cycle out of phase with its neighboring adjacent grooves to form an alternating pattern of outwardly extending lands and inwardly extending roots. A raised portion or elevated surface is provided on the cooking surface disposed between the outwardly extending lands. The elevated surface is the primary cooking surface and is further the location of the inevitable initial wearing of the non-stick material. The remaining non-stick material, disposed in the grooves and between the roots is not subject to abrasive action and wears at a substantially slower rate.
Abstract: An improved low-fat non-stick frying device or cookware is provided. The upper cooking surface of the frying device includes a textured surface comprised of a series of wave-like grooves embossed in the surface of the pan. The wave-like pattern of each groove is one-half cycle out of phase with its neighboring adjacent grooves to form an alternating pattern of outwardly extending lands and inwardly extending roots. A raised portion or elevated surface is provided on the cooking surface disposed between the outwardly extending lands. The elevated surface is the primary cooking surface and is further the location of the inevitable initial wearing of the non-stick material. The remaining non-stick material, disposed in the grooves and between the roots is not subject to abrasive action and wears at a substantially slower rate.
Abstract: This invention pertains to cookware and more particularly to a cookware vessel in which the cooking surface reaches the desired cooking temperature in the shortest possible time, which has an increased bottom area available to absorb heat from a heating source, which maintains its rigidity over a longer period of time as contrasted to conventional constructions and, as a consequence, distributes heat more evenly throughout the bottom area, and which is more stable with respect to the heat source during use.
Abstract: A cookware cover is provided for standard size cookware of nominally varying diameters. Specifically, one cookware cover is provided that will adequately cover frying pans, sauce pans, stock pots and other cookware of one standard size and manufactured by a variety of manufacturers. One cookware cover is provided that will fit the variations of nominal conventional dimensions and rim configurations that exist from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Abstract: A baking device having surface texturing. The baking surface of a cookie sheet, cake pan, pizza pan or jelly roll pan is embossed with generally rounded protrusions and smaller generally crater-like depressions. These surface features provide the baking surface with a non-stick effect. In addition, the protrusions and depressions provide the baking surface with a scratch and stain resistance resulting from the tendency for the surface features to reduce the visibility of scratches and stains which occur in the upper surface of the bakeware.
Abstract: A one piece mold glass block especially adapted for interior use which has an aesthetically pleasing appearance characterized by an enclosing wall, usually rectangular in form, within which a central panel is located at the approximate mid point of the wall. One or both of the exterior of the enclosing walls and the central panel may carry a color coating to give a variety of aesthetically pleasing color effects.
Abstract: An improved cooking device is provided for fat-free or low-fat frying of foods. A combination frying pan and removable insert allows the drainage of excess fat without interruption of the cooking operation. Fat is collected on the convex cooking surface of the insert and drains radially outward toward apertures disposed above a grease reservoir located in the outer bottom periphery of the frying pan. The insert overlies the reservoir and may be easily removed and replaced during the cooking operation. The pan fits over standard size electric burners.
Abstract: Easily removable press-on, pry-off closures having movable insert disks in an outer shell are disclosed. Pressing the shell upward to remove it from a container first pries a protrusion inside the shell over a snap rib around the container, then moves the shell upward relative to the disk while the later remains seated on the container, until a disk-lifting projection inside the shell engages the edge of the disk and lifts the disk to break the seal. A tamper evidencing band, if included, is broken before either the shell is pried off or the disk is lifted. The invention can be used in both top load and bottom load embodiments. Also disclosed is a closure with a non-movable disk or integral top and a tamper-evidencing band which is broken by pry-off removal of the closure. Still further, food packages which automatically open when heated in microwave ovens are disclosed. Vacuum-packed food packages having effective head spaces for reducing the times required to retort such packages are also disclosed.