Patents by Inventor Stephen J. Kalchik

Stephen J. Kalchik has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20170245532
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a shelf-stable processed grain product includes a series of heating and cooling stages performed on a processed grain product having a water activity value of about 0.65 or less. A first heating stage takes the grain pieces to a first elevated temperature, which is followed by a first cooling stage. The grain pieces are passed to a second heating stage to reach a second elevated temperature, followed by a second cooling stage. The grain pieces are then passed to a third heating stage, after which they are sufficiently soft and pliable for a final forming stage such as flaking, bumping, puffing, or the like. This allows grain pieces that are suitable for long term storage, but too brittle for final forming, to be softened for final forming without raising the moisture content to a point that is conducive to mold formation or reduced product quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: James C. Breslin, Stephen J. Kalchik, Michael F. Raymond
  • Patent number: 9648901
    Abstract: A method of preparing a shelf-stable processed grain product includes a series of heating and cooling steps performed on a processed grain product having a water activity value of about 0.65 or less. A first heating step takes the grain pieces to a first elevated temperature, which is followed by a first cooling step. The grain pieces are passed to a second heating step to reach a second elevated temperature, followed by a second cooling step. The grain pieces are then passed to a third heating step, after which they are sufficiently soft and pliable for a final forming step such as flaking, bumping, puffing, or the like. This allows grain pieces that are suitable for long term storage, but too brittle for final forming, to be softened for final forming without raising the moisture content to a point that is conducive to mold formation or reduced product quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Process Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Breslin, Stephen J. Kalchik, Michael F. Raymond
  • Publication number: 20140308411
    Abstract: A method of preparing a shelf-stable processed grain product includes a series of heating and cooling steps performed on a processed grain product having a water activity value of about 0.65 or less. A first heating step takes the grain pieces to a first elevated temperature, which is followed by a first cooling step. The grain pieces are passed to a second heating step to reach a second elevated temperature, followed by a second cooling step. The grain pieces are then passed to a third heating step, after which they are sufficiently soft and pliable for a final forming step such as flaking, bumping, puffing, or the like. This allows grain pieces that are suitable for long term storage, but too brittle for final forming, to be softened for final forming without raising the moisture content to a point that is conducive to mold formation or reduced product quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Process Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Breslin, Stephen J. Kalchik, Michael F. Raymond
  • Patent number: 5645878
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process and apparatus for producing a topical coating on a food product. The topical coating may be a sweetener wherein a superheated pressurized solution of the sweetener is sprayed on a heated food product to form a coating thereon. The topical coating may also contain a flavoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: James C. Breslin, Alicia A. Perdon, James B. Holder, Stephen J. Kalchik, Jerald L. Longman
  • Patent number: 5516541
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for producing a sweetener coating on a food product. A superheated pressurized solution of the sweetener is sprayed on a heated food product to form a coating thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Kellogg Company
    Inventors: James C. Breslin, Alicia A. Perdon, James B. Holder, Stephen J. Kalchik, Jerald L. Longman