Patents for Easy Cooking

Some people enjoy spending hours lovingly preparing their meals (whether that meal involves gourmet turkey stuffing or home-style barbecue), and there is nothing wrong with that. I’m just the type of person who would rather toss something in the microwave for two minutes and eat it on the go, rather than spending half the morning preparing Lemon-Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes and a Spanish Omelet with Romesco Sauce.  If you’re a person who feels that boiling a pot of water is about as far as you’re willing to travel into the culinary world, then you have many inventors to whom you should silently thank for letting us live in a culture of convenient food products.  From the toaster pastry to the frozen TV-dinner, there are foods for any time of day that only take moments to prepare.

Read on for a quick review of some of the quintessential food-related patents (found on Google Patents) that have simplified the cooking process!

1. US 6099875 – Individual serving size cereal package

For those of us too lazy to pour cereal and milk into a bowl.

For those of us too lazy to pour cereal and milk into a bowl.

All you need to do is add water to this mixture of “dry cereal pieces” and “dry milk product, such as dry powdered milk or milk substitute, and other additives” to create a “food product that is nutritional and convenient to eat.” It doesn’t get much faster or easier than that.

2. US D468889 – Segmented cooked dough food product

Breakfast of champions.

Breakfast of champions.

This design patent for a segmented toaster pastry allows you to share the deliciousness with others.  Just because you don’t cook doesn’t mean you can’t show off your culinary expertise to your friends.  Just pop this pastry in the toaster for 60 seconds, divide into segments, and earn the respect of your peers as a toaster pastry master.

3. US 5780082 – Process for making a food product of the pizza type, in the shape of a Pocket

The staple food for all middle school students.

The staple food for all middle school students.

Here is a food item that is world-renown for the quick and simple preparation process and as a filling, hearty meal that will scald your mouth with molten cheese goo.

4. US 4267199 – Noodle soup mix

The staple food for all college students.

The staple food for all college students.

The best trait of this noodle mix patent is its versatility.  You can take the 10 minutes to boil a pot of water and actually make the soup, or you can just sprinkle on the seasoning and eat the noodle bar as a crunchy snack.

5. US D302068 -TV dinner tray

The cheapest way to have dinner and a show..

The cheapest way to have dinner and a show.

The frozen TV dinner gives aspiring chefs the best of both worlds: a nearly infinite variety of choices for a home-cooked meal, and the speedy cooking time that only comes from microwavable food. The presentation may not be on par with a five-star restaurant, but the price is certainly better.  You can also watch Seinfeld while dining.

That ends our culinary tour of patents for food items that you probably have sitting in your freezer, waiting for dinner time.   Do you know of any patents for popular food products?   Let us know in the comments!

Patent Searches from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

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