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They Invented What? (No. 48)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 23, 2007

U.S. Pub. App. No. 2006/0134273:  Method and apparatus for making a sandwich.

JW Note:  Per David McClaughry . . . “a method of making twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheeseonionspicklesonaseasemeseedbun.”  Thanks for all the submissions, Dave!

 sandwich

1. A method of filling an order for a sandwich comprising: toasting a bread component for the sandwich for less than about 1 minute in response to the order in a first heating device; and initiating and completing the heating of a sandwich filling for the sandwich from about 40° F. or less to about 120° F. or more in a second heating device, while the bread component is heating, in response to the order.

2. The method of claim 1 herein the second heating device is a flash steamer.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein the first heating device is a conveyor toaster.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein the sandwich filling is heated within 20 seconds.

5. The method of claim 1 further comprising combining a condiment with a sandwich garnish and placing the bread component onto the condiment and sandwich garnish combination.

6. The method of claim 5 further comprising storing the condiment and sandwich garnish combination in a chilled area.

7. The method of claim 5 further comprising inverting the combination of bread, condiment, and sandwich garnish.

8. A method of filling an order for a sandwich comprising: taking an order from a customer; and in response to the order, heating a preassembled sandwich filling comprising at least one slice of a first foodstuff and a quantity of a second foodstuff from 40° F. or less to 150° F. or more within 20 seconds.

9. The method of claim 8 wherein the preassembled sandwich filling comprises meat, cheese, and a separator.

10. The method of claim 9 wherein the separator is sufficiently larger than the combined area of the meat and cheese that the separator facilitates the separation of preassembled sandwich fillings from each other.

11. The method of claim 9 further comprising removing the separator from the filling after the filling has been heated.

12. The method of claim 9 wherein the sandwich filling comprises a plurality of slices of meat and a quantity of garnish.

13. The method of claim 9 further comprising heating a bread component in response to the order.

14. The method of claim 9 further comprising placing sandwich garnish on a sandwich assembly tool having two cavities.

15. The method of claim 14 further comprising combining a condiment with a sandwich garnish and placing a bread component onto the condiment and sandwich garnish combination.

16. The method of claim 15 further comprising inverting the combination of bread component, condiment, and sandwich garnish.

17. The method of claim 16 further comprising assembling the sandwich using the heated sandwich filling and the combination of bread component, condiment, and sandwich garnish.

18. A method of filling an order for a sandwich comprising: placing a bread component onto a pre-heated, preassembled sandwich filling comprising a plurality of foodstuffs in response to the order; and inverting the bread component and filling combination.

19. The method of claim 18 further comprising pre-assembling a sandwich filling in advance of a busy sandwich order period.

20. The method of claim 19 further comprising placing the preassembled sandwich filling in a heated storage area to pre-heat the filling.

21. The method of claim 20 further comprising applying a condiment onto the bread component and filling combination.

22. The method of claim 20 further comprising placing a second bread component onto the inverted bread component and filling combination.

23. The method of claim 18 further comprising heating a bread component in response to the order.

24. The method of claim 18 further comprising pre-assembling garnishes for the sandwich during a slow order period thereby making the preassembled sandwich filling.

25. The method of claim 24 further comprising storing the preassembled garnish in a heated or chilled storage area.

26. The method of claim 25 further comprising placing a second bread component onto the preassembled garnish.

27. The method of claim 26 further comprising inverting the combination of the second bread component and the preassembled garnish.

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