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Remote-Controlled Cooking Apparatus Incorporating Refrigeration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123998D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Peters, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a remote-controlled cooking device that incorporates refrigeration means to keep food ingredients cold or frozen until the time of cooking.

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Remote-Controlled Cooking Apparatus Incorporating Refrigeration

Disclosed is a remote-controlled cooking device that
incorporates refrigeration means to keep food ingredients cold or
frozen until the time of cooking.

   Microwave ovens are often used by busy people to prepare
a meal quickly.  Recently technologies such as "Home Director" have
been proposed that allow for remote-control of electrical devices in
the home.  Using Home Director or a similar technology, it is
possible to transmit control messages to a microwave oven or similar
cooking device, such as "set temperature", "set cooking time", "oven
on", "oven off".  A person can place items to be cooked into the oven
at the beginning of the day, leave for work, and some time later in
the day signal the oven to start cooking the food, so the food will
be cooked at a predetermined time.  Alternatively, it is possible,
without Home Director, to equip the oven with a timer so that the
cooking parameters can be established when the uncooked food is
placed inside.

   However, this convenient current technology suffers from
one huge drawback.  Food placed in the oven many hours before
cooking can spoil because it is not refrigerated.  It is desirable to
keep food ingredients, such as meats or frozen prepared meals, cold
or frozen until they are cooked, to inhibit the growth of
disease-causing microorganisms.  Current remote-controlled cooking
technologies have no way to keep the food cold until cooking starts.
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