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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    When I worked at K Mart, we got a mashed potato dispenser. I don't know the
    particulars of it because I didn't work in the cafeteria. And it might have
    been fine to use had it been in the back room but it was not. It was behind
    the steam table for all to see. We got used to people shrieking when they
    saw the potatoes come out. When the thing worked. Which it often did not.

    The instant mashed potatoes were somehow stored hot in the machine and when
    needed were dispensed into a portioning cup that also gave the potatoes a
    rounded shape when put on the plate due to some sort of weird pink bladder
    type thing. That was the part that made people shriek. And they would
    often want to examine it more closely.

    I see that such machines are still being made. This one might be a little
    different. And maybe it actually works!

    http://mashedpotatomachine.com/

    I also saw a strange toaster at Children's Hospital in Oakland. Their
    cafeteria was self serve for breakfast. They put out bread and if you
    wanted toast you had to make it yourself. I didn't understand how the giant
    toaster worked and got yelled at by one of the chefs. I still couldn't
    figure it out on subsequent days so just ate my bread untoasted.

    This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where the
    heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as to where exactly
    you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. If done right it
    will come up and over and then down onto your plate.

    What's the weirdest things you've seen?



  2. #2
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where the
    > heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as to where exactly
    > you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. If done right it
    > will come up and over and then down onto your plate.


    You mean the same kind of toaster that is at every workplace cafeteria
    and hotel breakfast buffet bar across the nation? Yeah - they're
    really tricky. If you just stop and use your brain rather than being
    determined to make it complicated confusing, they work easily and
    well.

    -sw

  3. #3
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    Do you stay up nights dreaming up these situations?

  4. #4
    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    Julie Bove wrote:

    > I also saw a strange toaster at Children's Hospital in Oakland. Their
    > cafeteria was self serve for breakfast. They put out bread and if you
    > wanted toast you had to make it yourself. I didn't understand how
    > the giant toaster worked and got yelled at by one of the chefs. I
    > still couldn't figure it out on subsequent days so just ate my bread
    > untoasted.
    > This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside
    > where the heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as
    > to where exactly you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it
    > right. If done right it will come up and over and then down onto
    > your plate.


    Was it like this one toaster?
    http://jswilliams01.blogspot.it/2011...cafeteria.html

    > What's the weirdest things you've seen?


    The "Doctor" at a touristic residence/village in Puglia (Apuliae?) in 1991:
    every night after 11PM the cafeteria would start cooking croissants, they
    probably were frozen, and there was a huge serving dish of them coming from
    the kitchen every 5-10 minutes. When they arrived at the counter the
    "Doctor", a guy with a paramedic uniform and hat and a stethoscope at his
    neck, jumped there and started asking what people wanted in their
    croissants. A clerk put the numer or croissants ordered by the customer on a
    plastic plate and then, with his huge almost-joke siringes, the doctor would
    inject the requested things into the croissants (nutella, creme patissiere,
    chantilly cream....) and hand them to the customer yelling a kind fo
    doctor's advice such as "And don't stay out at night, it's humid!" or alike.
    A girl got her hands on the creme patissiere siringe and started creaming
    the people in line. I remember asking her for some cream and get it on my
    head and shirt...



  5. #5
    sf Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What's the weirdest things you've seen?
    >

    When you say "kitchen" on this group, I think home kitchen not
    commercial kitchen.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  6. #6
    Chemo Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    On Aug 30, 3:05*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > When I worked at K Mart, we got a mashed potato dispenser. *I don't know the
    > particulars of it because I didn't work in the cafeteria. *And it mighthave
    > been fine to use had it been in the back room but it was not. *It was behind
    > the steam table for all to see. *We got used to people shrieking when they
    > saw the potatoes come out. *When the thing worked. *Which it often did not.
    >
    > The instant mashed potatoes were somehow stored hot in the machine and when
    > needed were dispensed into a portioning cup that also gave the potatoes a
    > rounded shape when put on the plate due to some sort of weird pink bladder
    > type thing. *That was the part that made people shriek. *And they would
    > often want to examine it more closely.
    >
    > I see that such machines are still being made. *This one might be a little
    > different. *And maybe it actually works!
    >
    > http://mashedpotatomachine.com/
    >
    > I also saw a strange toaster at Children's Hospital in Oakland. *Their
    > cafeteria was self serve for breakfast. *They put out bread and if you
    > wanted toast you had to make it yourself. *I didn't understand how the giant
    > toaster worked and got yelled at by one *of the chefs. *I still couldn't
    > figure it out on subsequent days so just ate my bread untoasted.
    >
    > This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where the
    > heat element was. *I can't remember the particulars now as to where exactly
    > you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. *If done right it
    > will come up and over and then down onto your plate.
    >
    > What's the weirdest things you've seen?


    Years ago I had a neighbor who's kitchen window I could see into from
    my kitchen. One night the dad was in the kitchen making lunch as he
    worked the night shift. He didn't have a shirt on. His daughter was
    picking the zits on his back while he was making a sandwich. That's
    the strangest thing I've seen.

  7. #7
    tert in seattle Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    sf wrote:
    > On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> What's the weirdest things you've seen?
    >>

    > When you say "kitchen" on this group, I think home kitchen not
    > commercial kitchen.


    not weird, well maybe, depending... but this is is my favorite item
    from a commercial kitchen:

    http://ftupet.com/~tert/img/misc/misc/ouch.jpg


  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "Sqwertz" <swertz@clue[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:71y3daci6snu$.[email protected]..
    > On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where
    >> the
    >> heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as to where
    >> exactly
    >> you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. If done right it
    >> will come up and over and then down onto your plate.

    >
    > You mean the same kind of toaster that is at every workplace cafeteria
    > and hotel breakfast buffet bar across the nation? Yeah - they're
    > really tricky. If you just stop and use your brain rather than being
    > determined to make it complicated confusing, they work easily and
    > well.


    I have seen plenty of hotel breakfast bars and they always have the same
    sort of slotted toaster that I have at home. Our workplace cafeteria had
    the same. I had never seen this before and I have never seen it since.



  9. #9
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "ViLco" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:k1npea$27g$[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> I also saw a strange toaster at Children's Hospital in Oakland. Their
    >> cafeteria was self serve for breakfast. They put out bread and if you
    >> wanted toast you had to make it yourself. I didn't understand how
    >> the giant toaster worked and got yelled at by one of the chefs. I
    >> still couldn't figure it out on subsequent days so just ate my bread
    >> untoasted.
    >> This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside
    >> where the heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as
    >> to where exactly you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it
    >> right. If done right it will come up and over and then down onto
    >> your plate.

    >
    > Was it like this one toaster?
    > http://jswilliams01.blogspot.it/2011...cafeteria.html


    No. Not at all.
    >
    >> What's the weirdest things you've seen?

    >
    > The "Doctor" at a touristic residence/village in Puglia (Apuliae?) in
    > 1991: every night after 11PM the cafeteria would start cooking croissants,
    > they probably were frozen, and there was a huge serving dish of them
    > coming from the kitchen every 5-10 minutes. When they arrived at the
    > counter the "Doctor", a guy with a paramedic uniform and hat and a
    > stethoscope at his neck, jumped there and started asking what people
    > wanted in their croissants. A clerk put the numer or croissants ordered by
    > the customer on a plastic plate and then, with his huge almost-joke
    > siringes, the doctor would inject the requested things into the croissants
    > (nutella, creme patissiere, chantilly cream....) and hand them to the
    > customer yelling a kind fo doctor's advice such as "And don't stay out at
    > night, it's humid!" or alike. A girl got her hands on the creme patissiere
    > siringe and started creaming the people in line. I remember asking her for
    > some cream and get it on my head and shirt...


    Hmmm...



  10. #10
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> What's the weirdest things you've seen?
    >>

    > When you say "kitchen" on this group, I think home kitchen not
    > commercial kitchen.


    Okay.



  11. #11
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "tert in seattle" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > sf wrote:
    >> On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    >><[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> What's the weirdest things you've seen?
    >>>

    >> When you say "kitchen" on this group, I think home kitchen not
    >> commercial kitchen.

    >
    > not weird, well maybe, depending... but this is is my favorite item
    > from a commercial kitchen:
    >
    > http://ftupet.com/~tert/img/misc/misc/ouch.jpg


    Yow!



  12. #12
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    Chemo wrote:
    > On Aug 30, 3:05 am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >> When I worked at K Mart, we got a mashed potato dispenser. I don't
    >> know the particulars of it because I didn't work in the cafeteria.
    >> And it might have been fine to use had it been in the back room but
    >> it was not. It was behind the steam table for all to see. We got
    >> used to people shrieking when they saw the potatoes come out. When
    >> the thing worked. Which it often did not.
    >>
    >> The instant mashed potatoes were somehow stored hot in the machine
    >> and when needed were dispensed into a portioning cup that also gave
    >> the potatoes a rounded shape when put on the plate due to some sort
    >> of weird pink bladder type thing. That was the part that made people
    >> shriek. And they would
    >> often want to examine it more closely.
    >>
    >> I see that such machines are still being made. This one might be a
    >> little different. And maybe it actually works!
    >>
    >> http://mashedpotatomachine.com/
    >>
    >> I also saw a strange toaster at Children's Hospital in Oakland. Their
    >> cafeteria was self serve for breakfast. They put out bread and if you
    >> wanted toast you had to make it yourself. I didn't understand how
    >> the giant toaster worked and got yelled at by one of the chefs. I
    >> still couldn't figure it out on subsequent days so just ate my bread
    >> untoasted.
    >>
    >> This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside
    >> where the heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as
    >> to where exactly you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it
    >> right. If done right it will come up and over and then down onto
    >> your plate.
    >>
    >> What's the weirdest things you've seen?

    >
    > Years ago I had a neighbor who's kitchen window I could see into from
    > my kitchen. One night the dad was in the kitchen making lunch as he
    > worked the night shift. He didn't have a shirt on. His daughter was
    > picking the zits on his back while he was making a sandwich. That's
    > the strangest thing I've seen.


    Ew.



  13. #13
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What's the weirdest things you've seen?


    Sheldon, of course!



  14. #14
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 06:18:48 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia wrote:

    > Do you stay up nights dreaming up these situations?


    She was up until 3:05AM getting that one juuuuust riiiiight.

    -sw

  15. #15
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:53:36 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > Ew.


    You're just full of one syllable words today.

    -sw

  16. #16
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "Nunya Bidnits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:k1omom$4bu$[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> What's the weirdest things you've seen?

    >
    > Sheldon, of course!


    Really?



  17. #17
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?

    On 8/30/2012 3:50 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:71y3daci6snu$.[email protected]..
    >> On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >>> This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where
    >>> the
    >>> heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as to where
    >>> exactly
    >>> you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. If done right it
    >>> will come up and over and then down onto your plate.

    >>
    >> You mean the same kind of toaster that is at every workplace cafeteria
    >> and hotel breakfast buffet bar across the nation? Yeah - they're
    >> really tricky. If you just stop and use your brain rather than being
    >> determined to make it complicated confusing, they work easily and
    >> well.

    >
    > I have seen plenty of hotel breakfast bars and they always have the same
    > sort of slotted toaster that I have at home. Our workplace cafeteria had
    > the same. I had never seen this before and I have never seen it since.
    >
    >

    The cafe on the ground floor where I worked used to have one of those.
    It worked well, but you'd have to get used to the heat settings, and you
    have to check it before you put yours in because everyone changed it to
    their liking. I liked it especially for bagels.

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    Pico Rico Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:71y3daci6snu$.[email protected]..
    > On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where
    >> the
    >> heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as to where
    >> exactly
    >> you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. If done right it
    >> will come up and over and then down onto your plate.

    >



    It is just as well. I have found that, while I have no wheat sensitivity at
    all, I do seem to have some sort of sensitivity to toast made with one of
    these contraptions. Not toast in general, mind you, but this machine is
    somehow manipulating the very essence of the bread molecules in some
    strange, unnatural way.



  19. #19
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: What's the weirdest kitchen thing you've seen?


    "Pico Rico" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:k1p2s6$etq$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:71y3daci6snu$.[email protected]..
    >> On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:05:08 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >>> This thing was enormous and had conveyer belts that went up inside where
    >>> the
    >>> heat element was. I can't remember the particulars now as to where
    >>> exactly
    >>> you put the bread but I know that I didn't do it right. If done right
    >>> it
    >>> will come up and over and then down onto your plate.

    >>

    >
    >
    > It is just as well. I have found that, while I have no wheat sensitivity
    > at all, I do seem to have some sort of sensitivity to toast made with one
    > of these contraptions. Not toast in general, mind you, but this machine
    > is somehow manipulating the very essence of the bread molecules in some
    > strange, unnatural way.


    Hmmm...

    I looked online and found a similar pic. I don't think this was quite the
    same but this was about 11 years ago.

    http://www.bigtray.com/hatco-vertica...2-c-27210.html



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