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They Invented What? (No. 154)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 25, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No.5,896,810:  Poultry frying apparatus.

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I claim:

1. A poultry frying apparatus comprising:
          a liquid retaining vessel having a bottom surface and a first diameter;
          a raised rack comprising a support base and a central rod extending upwardly from the support base to terminate in an upper end thereof;
          the support base having an overall dimension smaller than the first diameter;
          the upper end of the central rod including an attachment portion; and
          a handle for selectively engaging the attachment portion for removal and insertion of the rack from the vessel;
          the support base including a spacer portion for spacing at least part of the support base from the bottom surface of the vessel when the support base is inserted in the vessel.

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They Invented What? (No. 120)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 27, 2019

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,934,420: Gravy separating device.

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 gravyseparator

What is claimed is:

1. A device for separating liquids having different specific gravities, comprising:
          a funnel-like separating member having a funnel section, an opening in an upper end of said funnel section and conduit means coupled to and extending down from a lower end of said funnel section for supplying liquid from said funnel section;
          said separating member being at least partially transparent to permit viewing of liquids therein;
stop cock means positioned in said conduit means for selectively permitting passage of liquid through said conduit means;
          a container having an open upper end;
cover means removably mounted on said container in covering relation to the open upper end of said container, said cover means having an opening therein for receiving said conduit means so as to support said…

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They Invented What? (No. 74)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 21, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,134,971:  Live fowl conveyor.

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  turkeyconveyor

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for conveying live fowl to be inoculated, inseminated, debeaked, or to have another operation performed on them, comprising:

(a) a base;
(b) a pair of spindles, one spindle mounted at each of opposite ends of said base;
(c) a generally horizontally-disposed, moving conveyor surface supported by said base and defined by an endless web encircling said spindles, said conveyor surface for receiving thereon fowl which are to have an operation performed on them; and
(d) means for holding a bird in a defined position on said conveyor service, said holding means including:
(i) a first elongated member, disposed generally parallel to said conveyor surface, spaced upward a desired distance from a lateral edge of said conveyor surface;
(ii) a second elongated member, disposed generally parallel to said first…

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They Invented What? (No. 189)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 24, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 2,928,748: Preparation of frozen stuffed fowl.

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We claim:

1. A continuous process for the preparation of frozen stuffed fowl which comprises: (A) dressing said fowl according to conventional procedures and advancing the dressed fowl to a stuffing station; (B) preparing a pumpable mixture of bread stuffing by mixing substantially dry stuffing mass with edible oil and then adding water and ice, said mixture after mixing having a temperature of about 28 ° F to 40 ° F; (C) pumping said mixture into a body cavity of the dressed fowl at said stuffing station; and (D) subsequently placing the stuffed fowl in a quick-freezing atmosphere before the central interior of the stuffing mass located in the rear cavity of said stuffed fowl reaches a temperature above 50° F.

They Invented What? (No. 154)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 25, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 5,896,810:  Poultry frying apparatus.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving 2009!

 

I claim:

1. A poultry frying apparatus comprising:
          a liquid retaining vessel having a bottom surface and a first diameter;
          a raised rack comprising a support base and a central rod extending upwardly from the support base to terminate in an upper end thereof;
          the support base having an overall dimension smaller than the first diameter;
          the upper end of the central rod including an attachment portion; and
          a handle for selectively engaging the attachment portion for removal and insertion of the rack from the vessel;
          the support base including a spacer portion for spacing at least part of the support base from the bottom surface of the vessel when the support base is inserted in the vessel.

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They Invented What? (No. 120)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 26, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 4,934,420: Gravy separating device.

JW Note:  Wishing you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday.

 gravyseparator

What is claimed is:

1. A device for separating liquids having different specific gravities, comprising:
          a funnel-like separating member having a funnel section, an opening in an upper end of said funnel section and conduit means coupled to and extending down from a lower end of said funnel section for supplying liquid from said funnel section;
          said separating member being at least partially transparent to permit viewing of liquids therein;
stop cock means positioned in said conduit means for selectively permitting passage of liquid through said conduit means;
          a container having an open upper end;
cover means removably mounted on said container in covering relation to the open upper end of said container, said cover means having an opening therein for receiving said conduit means so as to support said separating member thereon, said conduit means being separable from said cover means; and
          wherein said conduit means includes an upper tube portion having a first dimension and a contiguous lower tube portion in fluid communication with said upper tube portion, said lower tube portion having a second, lesser dimension, such that a shoulder is provided between said upper and lower tube portions, said shoulder, said upper tube portion and said lower tube portion having dimensions such that said lower tube portion fits within said opening in said cover means and said shoulder sits on an upper surface of said cover means to support said conduit means and said separating member thereon.

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They Invented What? (No. 74)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 21, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 5,134,971:  Live fowl conveyor.

JW Note:  Happy Thanksgiving 2007 from Anticipate This!

  turkeyconveyor

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for conveying live fowl to be inoculated, inseminated, debeaked, or to have another operation performed on them, comprising:

(a) a base;
(b) a pair of spindles, one spindle mounted at each of opposite ends of said base;
(c) a generally horizontally-disposed, moving conveyor surface supported by said base and defined by an endless web encircling said spindles, said conveyor surface for receiving thereon fowl which are to have an operation performed on them; and
(d) means for holding a bird in a defined position on said conveyor service, said holding means including:

(i) a first elongated member, disposed generally parallel to said conveyor surface, spaced upward a desired distance from a lateral edge of said conveyor surface;
(ii) a second elongated member, disposed generally parallel to said first elongated member, spaced upward from said first elongated member to define a generally horizontal slot therebetween;
(iii) means for varying the vertical distance between said first and second elongated members; and
(iv) a multiplicity of cleats moving along said slot at generally the same speed at which said conveyor surface moves, each of said cleats having a vertical dimension to span said slot;
(e) wherein, when a bird is placed on said conveyor surface with its breast in engagement with said surface, legs of the bird are fed into said slot at an entrance end thereto and conveyed along said slot by one or more of said cleats at substantially the same speed as that at which the bird is conveyed by said conveyor surface.

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They Invented What? (No. 25)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 22, 2006

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,877,267:  Turkey decoy tiltable counter-balanced support base.

turkeydecoy

I claim:

1. A turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base, comprising: a circular base having a generally curved bottom surface with a small flat central portion, a top surface connecting to said curved bottom surface, said top surface including a central cone having a hole therein, said central cone extending above said circular base, a rod including a proximate end extending vertically through said central hole cooperatively engaging means for holding disposed within said circular base and a distal end extending from said circular base, and means for weighing disposed therein positioned at selected locations around said rod for counter-balancing said circular base; a mountable molded turkey body comprising a synthetic material and having an opening in a bottom surface; said rod extending upward through said opening in said bottom surface of said mountable molded turkey body and said distal end of said rod cooperatively engaging means for pivotally supporting said mountable molded turkey body allowing said mountable molded turkey body to rotate 360 degrees.

2. The turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base of claim 1, wherein said means for holding is a threaded socket for threadably engaging a threaded distal end of said rod.

3. The turkey decoy with a tiltabie counter-balanced support base of claim 1, said top surface including a circular depression forming a trough extending around said central cone defining an upper section resembling a torus.

4. The turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base of claim 1, wherein said small flat central portion is about two inches in diameter.

5. The turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base of claim 1, wherein said means for holding said rod within said central cone is a friction fit.

6. The turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base of claim 1, wherein said rod is retractable and comprises at least two telescoping sections.

7. The turkey decoy with a tiltable counter-balanced support base of claim 1, said top surface including a circular depression forming a trough extending around said central cone defining an upper section resembling a torus.

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