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Manually operable grease press for cooked ground meat

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Mark A. Fiorello

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A press for removing grease from cooked ground meat includes a main body provided with an upwardly opening cavity for receiving the cooked meat and a front spout, and a lid pivotally connected to the body and provided with a center pressing plate sized to fit into the cavity against the meat. The body and lid are further provided with complimentary left and right handles sized to be squeezed together with the user's left and right hands. Excess grease is pressed out of and removed from the meat by simultaneously squeezing the handles together and pouring the grease from the spout.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a new and improved grease press incorporating the unique aspects of the present invention, the press being shown in the closed position.

FIGS. 2-4 are front, side and top views thereof.

FIG. 5A is a cross-sectional view taken along the line

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5 of FIG.

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FIG. 5B is a view similar to FIG. 5A but showing the grease press loaded with cooked ground meat.

FIGS. 6-8 are a perspective, front and side views, respectively, of the grease press of FIG. 1 shown in a partially open position.

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the grease press of FIG. 1 in a fully-open position.

FIGS. 10-13 are views similar to FIGS. 6-8 and

5B, respectively, respectively, of a first alternate embodiment press in accordance with the invention.

FIGS. 14 and 15 are top and front views of a second alternate embodiment press, shown in the closed position.

FIG. 16 is a cross-sectional view taken along the line

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16 of FIG.

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Claims

1. A manually operable grease press for removal of excess grease from cooked ground meat, the press comprising

2. The press as defined in claim 1 in which the handles of said pairs of handles are between approximately 3 to 6 inches long.

3. The press as defined in claim 1 in which said cavity is between approximately 1 to 3 inches deep.

4. The press as defined in claim 1 in which said pressing plate tracks the size and shape of said closed bottom with a small radial clearance therebetween.

5. The press as defined in claim 1 further comprising a hinge connecting the back of the lid and the back of the body for swinging of said pressing plate into and out of said cavity.

6. The press as defined in claim 5 in which said hinge is adapted for both swinging and vertical translation of the lid.

7. The press as defined in claim 1 in which said fluid-flow formation includes a spout defined in the encircling walls of said body.

8. The press as defined in claim 7 in which the lid and the body are of unitary construction.

9. A manually operable grease press for removal of grease from cooked ground meat, the press comprising

10. The press as defined in claim 9 in which the handles of said pairs are between approximately 3 to 6 inches long.

11. The press as defined in claim 9 in which said cavity is between approximately 1 to 3 inches deep.

12. The press as defined in claim 9 in which said pressing plate tracks the size and shape of said closed bottom with a small radial clearance therebetween.

13. The press as defined in claim 9 further comprising a hinge pivotally connecting said body and said lid for said swinging of said lid, the hinge being further adapted for vertical translation of the lid.

14. The press as defined in claim 9 further comprising a front fluid-flow formation communicating with the cavity for directed discharge of grease therefrom.

15. The press as defined in claim 14 in which said fluid-flow formation includes a spout defined in the rim of said body.

16. The press as defined in claim 15 in which the lid and the body are of unitary construction.

17. A manually operable grease press for removal of grease from cooked ground meat, the press comprising

18. The press as defined in claim 17 in which said hinge is adapted for both swinging and vertical translation of the lid.

19. The press as defined in claim 17 in which said fluid-flow formation includes a spout defined in one of said encircling walls and said rim of the body.

20. The press as defined in claim 19 in which the lid and the body are of unitary construction.

21. A manually operable grease press for removal of grease from cooked ground meat, the press comprising

22. The press as defined in claim 21 in which the body further includes a base to support the cavity in an upright position when resting on a horizontal surface.

23. The press as defined in claim 21 in which the body and lid are pivotally connected together for swinging of the lid into and out of position over the body and swinging of the pressing plate into and out of said position proximate the closed bottom of the cavity.

24. The press as defined in claim 23 in which the body and lid are further connected for vertical movement of the lid in relation to the body.

25. The press as defined in claim 21 in which the handles of the body are formed with underside surfaces.

26. The press as defined in claim 25 in which the underside surfaces of the body handles are further formed with gripping ribs.

27. The press as defined in claim 21 in which the cavity is between approximately 1 to 3 inches deep, and said pressing plate extends between approximately ½ to ¾ depth into said cavity.

28. The press as defined in claim 21 in which the pairs of handles are sized for simultaneous gripping with the user's palms aligned along the length of the handles, by curling fingers around front sides of the handles and thumbs around the back sides of the handles.

29. The press as defined in claim 28 in which the handles of said pairs are between approximately 3 to 6 inches long, and between approximately 1 to 1½ inches wide.

30. The press as defined in claim 21 in which the pairs of handles are sized for simultaneous gripping with the user's palms facing each other and the free ends of the handles, with fingers curled under the handles and thumbs positioned over the tops of the handles.

31. The press as defined in claim 28 in which the handles of said pairs are between approximately 1 to 3 inches long, and between approximately 2 to 3 inches wide.

32. The press as defined in claim 21 in which said fluid-flow formation includes a spout defined in the front side of said body.

33. A manually operable grease press for removal of grease from cooked ground meat, the press comprising

34. The press as defined in claim 33 in which the hinge is adapted for both swinging and vertical translation of the lid.

35. The press as defined in claim 33 in which the width of the handles is between approximately 2 to 3 inches wide from front to back.