Mystery Gadget 81



I have blanked out the corporate logo on this device, but not otherwise altered the foto. What is this kit for? Hint: it establishes a standard measure.

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.
One hallmark of the American fast food industry has been customer convenience in knowing precisely what one's food will look and taste like. The lack of variation has extended to the food preparation routines of the fast food workforce. Specialized kitchen aids such as this bun gauge have been devised to eliminate guesswork and meal–to–meal variation.
There was a time in American history when neither customers nor restaurants cared whether the height of a hamburger bun emerging from the oven was a bit higher or lower than the next bun. But as this gauge demonstrates, new parameters emerged in the late 20th century to reduce this likelihood. As with car parts and clock gears, production quality decisions are removed from the individual worker. No longer does a baker need to use seasoned judgment to determining the proper look of a burger bun. Now he or she simply places one side of this go–no–go gauge over a sample bun to test for the proper height and diameter of a Quarter Pounder, a Big Mac, a regular burger, or a slice of bun.
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 11, 2019
     Category: Technology





Comments
Aunt Penelope's Bingo card?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 10/11/19 at 08:47 AM
As I am currently in the middle of prepping/painting the living room, I thought it was a paint and cocking kit. As it is, I am now craving a hamburger from the nearest take out joint!

agent j
Posted by agent j on 10/11/19 at 09:07 AM
I'm handicapped on this because I've never held a job in fast food service. However once the obvious is pointed out, I recognize the fry scoop and order entry board for what they are. (At first I thought the order entry board was a periodic chart of the elements, but that probably means that I'm over-educated for my own good.)
Posted by KDP on 10/11/19 at 11:47 AM
I recognized the fry scoop. But what is the caulk-gun designed to extrude? Big Mac secret sauce (aka 1000 Island dressing)?
Posted by FRANK on 10/11/19 at 02:17 PM
@Frank -- Condiments. Generally ketchup (catsup) and mustard, sometimes secret sauce, mayo, tartar sauce, bbq sauce, gravy, etc. depending on what's on the menu.
Posted by Phideaux on 10/11/19 at 04:41 PM









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