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An apparatus and method for cooking food, such as meat, protein, vegetable, or soup is disclosed. In one embodiment, the food items are supplied in a flexible polymer package that can withstand the temperature needed to cook the item. The cooking apparatus has two cooking surfaces in the form of heated platens, which may be arranged in a vertical orientation. These platens come together to simultaneously contact both sides of the food item. The cooking apparatus further includes a controller, configured to prepare the food using various control system algorithms. The apparatus cooks the food item from both sides to affect rapid and even cooking. It uses a combination of temperature, time, food thickness, platen force and a cooking code that is unique for each food type. The control system algorithm uses some or all of these parameters to determine precisely when the food item is cooked correctly.

Title
Cooking apparatus and method of cooking
Application Number
12/816022
Publication Number
8372459 (B2)
Application Date
June 15, 2010
Publication Date
February 12, 2013
Inventor
Suzanne M Scott
Springfield
VT, US
Stephen D Smith
Williamsburg
MA, US
Dennis F McNamara
Walpole
NH, US
Charles R Sperry
Leeds
MA, US
Vincent A Piucci
Spencer
MA, US
Joseph E Owensby
Spartanburg
SC, US
Agent
Nields Lemack & Frame
Assignee
Cryovac
SC, US
IPC
A23L 1/01
A47J 37/06
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