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Title:
A GRID COVER, THE USE OF SUCH A GRID COVER, AN OVEN GRID TO BE USED WITH SUCH A GRID COVER AND A METHOD FOR KEEPING THE GRID COVER IN PLACE ON THE GRID
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/021987
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
A grid cover (1) is disclosed for keeping a cooking grid (6), such as an oven grid, clean during use, said grid cover comprising a sheet of a heat-resistant and greaseproof material, wherein the sheet comprises, in one direction, a plurality of pleats with a consecutive row of alternating top folds (2) and bottom folds (3) forming parallel crests and grooves (5), respectively, in the material. Furthermore, an oven grid for being used with such a grid cover is disclosed, comprising a plurality of grid bases (10) arranged to be able to support and hold two liquid collection trays (11) beneath and parallel to the two edges of the oven grid perpendicular to the grid wires, respectively. Even further, a method is disclosed for keeping a grid cover in place on a cooking grid during use.

Inventors:
STOKHOLM LAURIDSEN, Egon (Spangager 4, Tarm, DK-6880, DK)
Application Number:
DK2014/050238
Publication Date:
February 19, 2015
Filing Date:
August 07, 2014
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Assignee:
STOKHOLM LAURIDSEN, Egon (Spangager 4, Tarm, DK-6880, DK)
International Classes:
A21B3/15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CARLSEN, Bjarne (Patender ApS, Birk Centerpark 40, Herning, DK-7400, DK)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A grid cover (1) for keeping a cooking grid (6), such as an oven grid, clean during use, said grid cover comprising a sheet of a heat-resistant and greaseproof material, wherein the sheet comprises, in one direction, a plurality of pleats with a consecutive row of alternating top folds (2) and bottom folds (3) forming parallel crests and grooves (5), respectively, in the material, the pleating of the sheet being performed so that the grid cover can be arranged with the distance between any two neighbouring top folds corresponding to the distance between two neighbouring grid wires (8) of the cooking grid, with which the grid cover is to be used.

The grid cover according to claim 1, wherein the material is a greaseproof paper material, such as baking paper with or with a silicone coating.

The grid cover according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the material is pre-processed with spices and/or other aromatic substances.

The grid cover according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the sheet is rectangular, and each of the substantially plane grid power panels (4), which are formed by the part of the sheet extending between a top fold and a neighbouring bottom fold, has bevelled edges (9) so that the length of the bottom folds of the grid cover are shorter than the length of the top folds.

5. The grid cover according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the length of the top folds is between 10 cm and 80 cm, preferably between 25 cm and 50 cm.

6. The grid cover according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the distance between any top fold and a neighbouring bottom fold is between 10 mm and 50 mm, preferably between 15 mm and 40 mm.

The grid cover according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the numb of top folds is between 4 and 30, preferably between 8 and 15.

The use of a grid cover (1) according to any of the preceding claims on a cooking grid (6) when roasting or grilling food.

An oven grid (6) for being used with a grid cover (1) according to any of claims 1-7, which oven grid comprises a plurality of grid bases (10), which grid bases are arranged to be able to support and hold two liquid collection trays (11) beneath and parallel to the two edges of the oven grid being perpendicular to the grid wires (8), respectively.

10. The oven grid according to claim 9, wherein the grid bases are designed and dimensioned so that there is room for fingers or hands under the oven grid, when it is placed on a plane surface, such as a kitchen table.

11. A method for keeping a grid cover (1) in place on a cooking grid (6) during use, said method comprising the step of placing one or more rods, such as round steel bars (12), on top of the grid on the cooking grid. 12. The method according to claim 11, further comprising the step of releasably fixing the one or more rods to a frame (7) of the cooking grid by means of one or more clips (13).

Description:
A GRID COVER, THE USE OF SUCH A GRID COVER,

AN OVEN GRID TO BE USED WITH SUCH A GRID COVER AND A METHOD FOR KEEPING THE GRID COVER IN PLACE ON THE GRID The present invention relates to a grid cover for keeping a cooking grid, such as an oven grid, clean during use, to the use of such a grid cover on a cooking grid, to an oven grid constructed to be especially well-suited to be used with such a grid cover, and to a method for keeping the grid cover in place on the grid during use. Background of the invention

After using a cooking grid for roasting or grilling of meat, an often cumbersome work follows of cleaning the grid for drippings, meat juices and/or other remnants of food. Apart from an excessive consumption of water, soap and other remedies, such a cleaning typically requires a relative large amount of space and involves a significant risk of having the environments smeared with grease or other sticky substances.

It is, of course, possible to place a sheet of baking paper or another type of greaseproof paper on the grid to avoid direct contact between the meat and the grid. This solution, however, means that the meat will lay in the drippings and meat juices during the cooking, which makes it difficult to obtain the desired crisp and delicious result of the cooking. Brief description of the invention

It is an object of the present invention to provide a solution, which overcomes the above-mentioned difficulties and disadvantages of roasting or grilling on a cooking grid. The present invention relates to a grid cover for keeping a cooking grid, such as an oven grid, clean during use, said grid cover comprising a sheet of a heat-resistant and greaseproof material, wherein the sheet comprises, in one direction, a plurality of pleats with a consecutive row of alternating top folds and bottom folds forming parallel crests and grooves, respectively, in the material, the pleating of the sheet being performed so that the grid cover can be arranged with the distance between any two neighbouring top folds corresponding to the distance between two neighbouring grid wires of the cooking grid, with which the grid cover is to be used. A grid cover with such a configuration can be placed on a cooking grid with the top folds on the grid wires and the bottom folds forming the grooves in the grid cover material between the grid wires. During roasting or grilling of meat, drippings and meat juices from the meat will be collected in the grooves between the grid wires. This is advantageous for more reasons. Firstly, the meat is not in direct contact with the cooking grid, which therefore stays substantially clean during the roasting or grilling. Secondly, the drippings and meat juices are removed from the meat, which not only makes it possible to obtain a crispy and more delicious result but also reduces the fat contents of the meat making it healthier. Thirdly, the fact that the meat juices is kept in the grooves just beneath the meat reduces the risk of the meat getting too dry during roasting or grilling, which reduces the quality and taste of the final result.

In an embodiment of the invention, the material is a greaseproof paper material, such as baking paper with or without a silicone coating.

Such materials are easily obtainable, reasonably in price and very well-suited for the purpose. In an embodiment of the invention, the material is pre-processed with spices and/or other aromatic substances. When such spices and/or aromatic substances come into contact with the drippings or meat juices in the grooves of the grid cover, they will give taste to the meat being roasted or grilled.

In an embodiment of the invention, the sheet is rectangular, and each of the substantially plane grid power panels, which are formed by the part of the sheet extending between a top fold and a neighbouring bottom fold, has bevelled edges so that the length of the bottom folds of the grid cover are shorter than the length of the top folds.

Making the bottom folds shorter than the top folds makes it possible to ensure that drippings and meat juices leaving the grid cover through the open ends of the grooves therein does not fall outside a roasting pan or roasting dish, onto which the cooking grill is placed, while still keeping the full length of the grid wires covered by the grid cover.

In an embodiment of the invention, the length of the top folds is between 10 cm and 80 cm, preferably between 25 cm and 50 cm.

Such lengths of the top folds correspond to the widths of most cooking grids. If the grid wires are shorter than the length of the top folds, the correct length of the top folds can easily be obtained by folding together the grid cover and cutting of one or both ends of the folded grid cover by means of an ordinary pair of scissors.

In an embodiment of the invention, the distance between any top fold and a neighbouring bottom fold is between 10 mm and 50 mm, preferably between 15 mm and 40 mm. In an embodiment of the invention, the number of top folds is between 4 and 30, preferably between 8 and 15. Such dimensions and numbers of the resulting pleats in the grid cover are suitable for most cooking grids as well as for standard machinery used to produce such pleats. To some extent, the pleats of the grid cover can be stretched or compressed to fit the distance between neighbouring grid wires of a specific cooking grid.

In an aspect of the invention, it relates to the use of a grid cover as described above on a cooking grid when roasting or grilling food. In an aspect of the invention, it relates to an oven grid for being used with a grid cover as described above, which oven grid comprises a plurality of grid bases, which grid bases are arranged to be able to support and hold two liquid collection trays beneath and parallel to the two edges of the oven grid being perpendicular to the grid wires, respectively.

An oven grid, which is able to hold and support liquid collection trays beneath the open ends of the grooves in the grid cover, is advantageous because such liquid collection trays eliminates the need for a roasting pan or roasting dish under the oven grid for collecting drippings and meat juices, which roasting pan or roasting dish requires space and may be cumbersome to clean afterwards.

In an embodiment of the invention, the grid bases are designed and dimensioned so that there is room for fingers or hands under the oven grid, when it is placed on a plane surface, such as a kitchen table.

Such configuration of the grid bases makes it easier to handle the oven grid when it has to be put into or taken out of the oven.

In an aspect of the invention, it relates to a method for keeping a grid cover in place on a cooking grid during use, said method comprising the step of placing one or more rods, such as round steel bars, on top of the grid on the cooking grid. In an embodiment of the invention, the method further comprises the step of releasably fixing the one or more rods to a frame of the cooking grid by means of one or more clips.

This is a simple but very reliable way of making sure that the grid cover stays in place during use, also if not all of the grid cover is pressed against the grid wires by the meat placed thereon.

Figures

In the following, the invention is described in further detail with reference to the figures, of which Fig. la is a perspective view of a grid cover according to an embodiment of the invention,

Fig. lb is an end view of the same grid cover as shown in Fig. la, Fig. lc is a perspective view of a grid cover according to another embodiment of the invention,

Fig. 2a illustrates schematically a grid cover according to an embodiment of the invention, which is arranged on a cooking grid,

Fig. 2b illustrates schematically a grid cover according to another embodiment of the invention, which is arranged on a cooking grid,

Fig. 3 is a side view of a grid cover according to another embodiment of the invention, Fig. 4a is a top view of an oven grid according to an embodiment of another aspect of the invention,

Fig. 4b is an end view of the same oven grid as shown in Fig. 4a,

Fig. 4c is a side view of the same oven grid as shown in Figs. 4a and 4b,

Fig. 5 is a side view of a part of an oven grid according to another embodiment of the invention,

Fig. 6 is a perspective view of a liquid collection tray to be used with the oven grids shown in Figs. 4a-4c and Fig. 5,

Fig. 7 is a perspective view of and oven grid with two liquid collection trays according to an embodiment of the invention,

Fig. 8a is a perspective view of the same oven grid as shown in Fig. 7 with a grid cover according to an embodiment of the invention arranged thereon,

Fig. 8b is a detail view of another oven grid according to an embodiment of the invention, and

Fig. 9 is an end view of a clip shown in Fig. 8a to be used with some

embodiments of the invention.

Detailed description of the invention

Figs, la and lb are a perspective view and an end view, respectively, of a grid cover 1 according to an embodiment of the invention. Basically, the grid cover 1 consists of a sheet of material, which has been folded a plurality of times so that a row of alternating parallel top folds 2 and bottom folds 3 has been obtained, the top folds 2 forming a series of crests and the bottom folds 3 forming a series of grooves 5 there between. In the following, the substantially plane piece of material between a top fold 2 and a neighbouring bottom fold 3 is referred to as a grid cover panel 4.

The number of top folds 2 exceeds the number of bottom folds 3 by 1, and the number of panels 4 is twice the number of top folds 2. Thus, if there are n top folds 2, there will be (n-1) bottom folds 3 and 2n panels. In the embodiment shown in Figs, la and lb, for example, there are 11 top folds 2, 10 bottom folds 3 and 22 panels 4.

The grid cover 1 can be produced in a variety of dimensions, both when it comes to the size of the sheet of material and when it comes to the distance between neighbouring folds 2, 3 and, thereby, the size of the individual grid cover panels 4. It all depends on the dimensions of the cooking grid 6, with which the grid cover 1 is to be used, and on the distance between neighbouring grid wires 8 on this cooking grid 6. As mentioned above, if the grid cover 1 is too wide for the cooking grid 6, it can easily be shortened to fit the length of the grid wires 8 of the cooking grid 6 by means of an ordinary pair of scissors.

The embodiment shown in these figures are folded from a rectangular sheet of material but, in principle, the sheet may have any shape, as long as the folds 2, 3 are parallel to each other, and the distance between to neighbouring folds 2, 3 is substantially the same all over the grid cover 1.

In some embodiments, the material is "flavoured" with different spices and/or aromatic substances for giving taste to the meat being roasted or grilled, when these flavouring substances comes into contact with the drippings and meat juices in the grooves 5 of the grid cover 1. Fig. lc is a perspective view of another embodiment of a grid cover 1 according to the invention. In this embodiment, the end parts of each grid cover panel 4 have been bevelled so that the bottom folds 3 are shorter than the top folds 2. As described above, this means that the drippings and meat juices leaving the grooves 5 through their open ends will not fall outside a roasting pan or roasting dish onto which the cooking grid 6 is placed, even when the full length of the grid wires 8 is covered by the grid cover 1. Fig. 2a illustrates schematically how a grid cover 1 according to an embodiment of the invention can be arranged on a cooking grid 6 by letting the top folds 2 hang on the grid wires 8, whereby the grooves 5 of the grid cover 1 are placed between and a bit lower than the grid wires 8. In this way, the drippings and meat juices from the meat being roasted or grilled will collect in the grooves 5 just beneath the meat so that it can give taste to the meat and prevent it from drying out during the roasting or grilling.

Fig. 2b is similar to Fig. 2a with the exception that the grid cover 1 embodiment illustrated in Fig. la has been replaced with the grid cover 1 embodiment illustrated in Fig. lc.

Fig. 3 is a side view of the grid cover 1 embodiment illustrated in Fig. lc and Fig. 2b.

Figs. 4a-4c are a top view, an end view and a side view of an oven grid 6 according to an embodiment of another aspect of the invention.

The most significant feature of this oven grid 6 is the design of the grid bases 10, which are formed so that they are able to support and hold two liquid collection trays 11 (see Figs. 6-8b). When mounted in the grid bases 10, these liquid collection trays 11 extend beneath the edges of the oven grid 6, which are perpendicular to the grid wires 8 as illustrated in Figs. 7-8b. This means that the drippings and meat juices leaving the grooves 5 of the grid cover 1 through their open ends will fall into these liquid collection trays 11, and that no roasting pan or roasting dish beneath the oven grid 6 is needed. In the shown embodiment, there are four grid bases 10 arranged near the corners of the oven grid 6. In other embodiments, there may be another number of grid bases 10. The important thing is that they are able to hold and support the liquid collection trays 11, and that they leave space under the oven grid 6 for fingers or hands so that the oven grid 6 can easily be handled.

The illustrated oven grid 6 has 15 grid wires 8 mounted on the frame 7. However, the grid 6 may be produced in any desired size and with any desired number of grid wires 8 within the scope of the present invention. Fig. 5 is a side view of a part of an oven grid 6 according to another embodiment of the invention, in which the grid bases 10 are formed by extensions of at least some of the grid wires 8.

Fig. 6 is a perspective view of an elongated liquid collection tray 11 to be used with oven grids 6 as the ones shown in Figs. 4a-4c and Fig. 5.

Fig. 7 is a perspective view of and oven grid 6 with two liquid collection trays 11 as described above. Fig. 8a is a perspective view of the same oven grid 6 as shown in Fig. 7 with a grid cover 1 according to an embodiment of the invention arranged thereon. In accordance with another aspect of the invention, the grid cover 1 is held in place on the oven grid 6 by means of a couple of round steel bars 12, which are releasably fixed to the frame 7 of the oven grid 6 by means of a number of clips 13. As can be seen, only a part of the oven grid 6 is covered by the grid cover 1.

Obviously, it is also possible to cover all grid wires 8 of the oven grid 6 with the gri cover 1. It only depends on the number of panels 4 of the grid cover 1 used.

Fig. 8b is a detail view of an oven grid 6 as the one in Fig. 8a, only with the steel bars 12 fixed to the frame 7 of the oven grid 6 by means of another type of clips 13.

Fig. 9 is an end view of a clip 13 as the ones shown in Fig. 8a to be used for releasably fixing the steel bars 12 to the frame 7 of the oven grid 6.

List of reference numbers

1. Grid cover

2. Top fold of grid cover

3. Bottom fold of grid cover

4. Grid cover panel

5. Grid cover groove

6. Cooking grid

7. Grid frame

8. Grid wire

9. Bevelled edge of grid cover

10. Grid base

1 1. Liquid collection tray

12. Round steel bar

13. Clip for round steel bar