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Oddly Enough

And now let's toast schnitzel!

A cook prepares a schnitzel in the kitchen of a restaurant in the German city of Nuremberg, August 30, 2007. Not enough time to fry your own schnitzel? A German firm has come up with a frozen version that can be cooked in a pop-up toaster in just three minutes. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

BERLIN (Reuters) - Not enough time to fry your own schnitzel? A German firm has come up with a frozen version that can be cooked in a pop-up toaster in just three minutes.

“We came up with them because increasingly people want something that’s convenient,” said Dietrich Gumppenberg, spokesman for meat-producer Toennies. “Who has time to go to the trouble of frying something themselves?”

The toasted version is made of pork coated in bread crumbs. It is sold frozen and can be cooked in any toaster in three minutes.

Toennies unveiled the product, which has been two years in the making, at a food and beverage fair in Cologne Wednesday.

“There has been a great deal of interest,” Gumppenberg said, adding that several large grocery chains, including some in China, are considering stocking them. “The schnitzels don’t ooze grease or burn when you put them in the toaster.”

“But how exactly that works will remain a company secret. We’re patenting our invention.”

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