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Wok's Up!

spring loaded cooking wok
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When cooking with a wok, it is desirable to periodically flick its contents into the air. This means that the wok can never be left unattended. Wok's Up! solves this problem by introducing a spring loaded base action into the instrument.

With Wok's Up!, food will automatically be thrown into the air at preset intervals, or randomly tossed if desired. It's a wind up mechanism, with the required energy being stored in a circular spring and released in increments. Simple heat shielded knobs allow for interval time and amplitude strength to be set.

note - Wok's Up must be entirely dismantled and thoroughly cleaned after each cooking session to remove all cooking oil and food particles that will have inevitably gained access to the mechanism.

xenzag, Jul 13 2014

Wok's Up! http://modernistcui...how/Wok_Cutaway.jpg
cut away photograph of Wok's Up! in action [xenzag, Jul 13 2014]


       I dunno. Call me a purist. I love taking the metal scooper and tossing everything in the air myself. It's part of the process. And I like to pick certain things up to toss to cook less, and leave things behind to cook more. But I give you credit for the idea, just not a bun to go with your wok. Sorry.
blissmiss, Jul 13 2014

       I would pay 19 billion dollars for this idea, but What's App? No.
JesusHChrist, Jul 13 2014

       Bliss - you can still do your manual tossing, but Wok's Up! would provide you with some wrist resting time - ha.
xenzag, Jul 13 2014

       Maybe. Just maybe. Hmmm. Do my wrists look tired to you?
blissmiss, Jul 13 2014

       You could just by an industrial wok, as used in mass production, which has a motorized cam that tosses (or at least violently jiggles) the food.   

       There's also a commercial stir-fryer intended for continuous (as opposed to batch) production. It's basically a very long rectangular plate with ridges on it in a herringbone pattern. It oscillates violently from side to side, not only jiggling the food but affording a net overall movement along the plate.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 13 2014

       There exist pieces of metal that can flex from one curvature to the opposite curvature. Use this for the bottom of your wok. Starts out concave, but flexes to become convex when you want the wok to toss food. Then flexes the other way, becoming concave again. No food ever need gain access to the mechanism that causes the bottom to flex.
Vernon, Jul 14 2014

       That's not a bad idea. If the bottom were made of a bimetal, you might even be able to drive the whole thing by heat alone.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 14 2014

       Too practical for me. Must be mechanical.
xenzag, Jul 14 2014

       I enjoy being randomly tossed as much as the next man. Bunned.
rodti, Jul 14 2014

       You're talking about fried club again...   

       //I enjoy being randomly tossed as much as the next man.// At last the penny drops.
xenzag, Jul 15 2014


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