Steam Chamber For Food Patents (Class 126/369)
  • Patent number: 10412981
    Abstract: A system and method for cooking a food item, such as poultry, includes heating cooking fluid in a cooking vessel to a temperature sufficient to cook poultry and placing the poultry on a substantially horizontal perforate plate, breast down, such that the poultry is at least partially immersed in the cooking fluid. The perforate plate prevents poultry skin from sticking to a support, such as a deep fry cooking basket. The immersed poultry is cooked for a selected cooking period and then removed, along with the perforate plate from the cooking fluid. The poultry is then removed from contact with the perforate plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Ronald M. Popeil
  • Patent number: 10352554
    Abstract: The present invention intends to suppress energy consumption while making it possible to generate superheated steam in a short period of time. Specifically, the present invention includes: a steam generating part that generates steam; a superheated steam generating part that generates superheated steam; an on/off valve that switches between supplying the steam to the superheated steam generating part or stopping the supply; and a control device that sends a control signal to the switching mechanism for switching between a waiting state in which the steam generating part generates the steam and the supply of the steam is stopped, and a supply state in which the steam is supplied to the superheated steam generating part. When switching from the waiting state to the supply state, the control device gradually increases an amount of the steam supplied to the superheated steam generating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOKUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Tonomura, Yasuhiro Fujimoto, Masayoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10343835
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improved manually openable self-venting ovenable packages which include a rigid or semi-rigid tray having a single thermoplastic overwrap comprising a polymeric laminate surrounding the tray and having a front panel and an opposing back panel. The inventive packages also include a continuous seal circumscribing a recessed cavity of the tray which comprises a heat seal formed by heat sealing a portion of the front panel to the peripheral flange of the tray. The packages of the present invention are self-venting whereby a venting region comprising a release coating applied between the inner surface of the front panel and the inner surface of the back panel permits the overwrap to rupture and release steam in response to heat and/or overpressure generated during heating of a food item in a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bemis Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Klipstine, Brian K. Murdick, Blake A. Bougie, Tara K. Cruz
  • Patent number: 10321782
    Abstract: Electric rice pressure cooker without rubber packing includes a case, an inner pot inside case, and a cover coupled to case. Inner pot has flange portions provided on a top portion along a circumferential direction and the top end has a tapered surface. Cover includes a sealing member having a hole in its center and a bottom surface seated on inner pot. An inner cover includes a space for sealing member to move vertically, inner surface of space maintains a seal with the end portion of sealing member. The surface of inner pot tapers inwards, a bent portion of sealing member contacts the sloped surface and inner surface of inner cover, and part of bent portion contacting the sloped surface acts as a sealing surface corresponding in shape to the sloped surface, so steam from cooking passes through the hole and presses sealing member downward to maintain a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Woo Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10301100
    Abstract: A package for combined steam and microwave heating of food, wherein the package may include microwave energy interactive materials (“MEIMs”) configured for providing rapid, simultaneous microwave and steam cooking in a domestic microwave oven. The MEIMs may be configured for controlling the heating pattern within the package and to control volumetric heating of food in the package. The MEIMs may include one or more of a susceptor, shield, and/or resonating patch antenna. The package may be paper-based, or it may be manufactured of any other suitable material. One or more of the different sections of the package may comprise separate chambers respectively for the steam source and the food to be steamed, so that the steam source and the food to be steamed are separated from one another during manufacturing, storage, and cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Sloat, Fermin P. Resurreccion, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10226146
    Abstract: An electric cooking device includes a food holding portion, the food holding portion configured to receive a food product for cooking; an electric heating device thermally coupled to the food holding portion, the electric heating device configured to heat the food product disposed in the food holding portion; and a control unit operatively coupled to the electric heating device, the control unit configured to control the electric heating device such that the food product is heated for a predetermined amount of time. An electric cooking system includes the electric cooking device and a smart digital device operatively coupled to the electric cooking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Smartstr Inc.
    Inventor: Roland Zeder
  • Patent number: 10182680
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrically operated food processor (1) for preparing a cooked product, which exhibits a basic unit (14), a vessel (2) with an agitator (18) that can be inserted into the basic unit (14), a heating device (9) allocated to the vessel (2), a temperature sensor (5), a transceiver device (12) for communicating with the temperature sensor (5), and an evaluator (13) for evaluating the measurement data received from the temperature sensor (5). In order to provide an electric food processor (1) with an alternative connection between the temperature sensor (5) and evaluator (13), it is proposed that the temperature sensor (5) be a surface acoustic wave sensor (SAW sensor).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Hendrik Koetz
  • Patent number: 10165889
    Abstract: A device and method for steaming and presenting of food deploys a spacer that rests on top of a cookware vessel. The spacer has a lower inner flange to support a steaming rack. A leg supported serving or presentation rack is adapted for lifting, supporting and presenting the steamed food when the spacer and steaming rack are lowered over it. The spacer has a larger inner diameter than an outer diameter of the presentation rack so that the spacer may be lowered around the presentation rack to engage the steaming rack along the presentation rack. The presentation rack has a sufficient height relative to the spacer height to dispose the food proximal to or above the rim of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Meyer Intellectual Properties Limited
    Inventors: Jacquelyn Maitram Truong, Xi Zheng
  • Patent number: 10121218
    Abstract: A computationally implemented system and method that is designed to, but is not limited to: electronically directing control of at least partial treatment of the one or more portions of the one or more ingestible substrate structures according to the treatment instructional information regarding the one or more subsequent injection operations including at least one or more injections of one or more materials into the one or more portions of the one or more ingestible substrate structures to form at least in part the one or more selected ingestible products subsequent to and based at least in part upon the electronically receiving the user status information and the electronically receiving the selection information at least in part identifying the one or more selected ingestible products. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Paul Holman, Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, Neal Stephenson, Christopher Charles Young
  • Patent number: 10094576
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a case, a cooktop at an upper part of the case, including a heating source, a cavity in the case, including a cooking chamber for cooking foods, a steam generator receiving heat from the heating source to generate steam, and a steam flow part having one end connected to the steam generator and another end connected to the cooking chamber to guide the steam generated from the steam generator to the cooking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Wontae Kim, Wansoo Kim, Byungkyu Park
  • Patent number: 10045546
    Abstract: An electric food smoker includes a heating element that provides a main source of heat and a separate smoke element that is controlled independently from the heating element and provides heat to a wood chip box. Separate control of the heating element and the smoke element allows providing a cold smoke cycle for the food smoker. A hot smoke cycle provides independent control of the heating element and the smoke element according to a hot smoke program. A fast smoke cycle allows adding more smoke during any existing cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Masterbuilt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Giebel, Paul J. Simon
  • Patent number: 10039406
    Abstract: A steam cooker with a first pot and a second pot is provided. The second pot may fit within the first pot and may be suspended above the bottom of the first pot. The bottom of the first pot may be filled with water. Food may be placed within the second pot. A lid may cover the first pot, sealing the water and the second pot within. The first pot may be heated by a fire or stove. The steam from the heated water may sufficiently cook the food. Further, condensation may be collected and water may drip into the second pot. The water is purified due to the boiling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: George Carson
  • Patent number: 10029287
    Abstract: Provided are cleaning devices adapted for a microwave oven. A head cap of the cleaning device includes multiple through holes, and thus steam generated by heating a cleaning liquid can flow out of the through holes in a faster and more concentrated mode. Using the cleaning device of this disclosure, the cleaning operation for the microwave oven is more convenient, and safety hazard such as explosion or splashing is also prevented as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Wing Hang Au
  • Patent number: 9961929
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for the steaming heating of food. The apparatus is designed for placement within and onto an outer vessel. The apparatus including a steaming pedestal, bowl, bowl lid, steaming platform, lid, bowl plate, and under plate. The steaming platform including a plurality of venting/draining apertures and flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Matthew K. Olsson
  • Patent number: 9930994
    Abstract: The electrically powered butter storage device is adapted for use in storing butter. The electrically powered butter storage device is designed to cool and warm butter while it is being stored within the electrically powered butter storage device. The electrically powered butter storage device is adapted to use one or more commonly available butter dishes that may or may not have a lid. Each of the one or more butter dishes are placed upon one or more electrically controlled heating and cooling elements which can be used to chill or warm the individual butter dishes as desired. The electrically powered butter storage device comprises a housing, one or more temperature elements, a control system, a fan, and a power connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Terrance Skarda, Marilyn Skarda
  • Patent number: 9687038
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ironing apparatus for a hat. The ironing apparatus for a hat includes: a hollow spherical conductor having an opening formed at a lower portion thereof; supports installed under the spherical conductor to support the spherical conductor with being spaced apart from a bottom plate; and a hot air supplier installed under the opening formed at the lower portion of the spherical conductor to vertically supply hot air to an inner space of the spherical conductor. According to the present invention, it is possible to rapidly and economically ironing the hat, thereby improving a commercial value of the hat. Further, according to the present invention, it is possible for a user to freely use his/her two hands while adjusting heat required for ironing by using his/her foot during ironing the hat, thereby improving ironing quality of the hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Keum-ok Chae
  • Patent number: 9675212
    Abstract: A container configured for use with a food processing system is provided including a container body configurable with a food processing base. A chamber is defined by the container body. A pressure relief mechanism is associated with the container body and is configured to relieve pressure when the pressure within the chamber exceeds a defined pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: James R. Hewitt, Ping Chu, Nick OLoughlin, Charles Brunner, Mark Lance
  • Patent number: 9649612
    Abstract: A dual vessel reactor and a method of carrying out a reaction using a dual vessel reactor are provided using a non-condensable gas to substantially isolate the inner vessel from the outer vessel during the reaction and limit the heating of the outer vessel when steam from the inner vessel condenses on the interior surface of the outer vessel. By limiting the heating of the outer vessel through the condensation of the steam or other vapour from the inner vessel, the operating temperature of the outer vessel is kept below an upper threshold of the operating temperature of a seal used to seal the door in the outer vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: RUBRECO INC.
    Inventors: Brian Harrison, Hurdon Hooper
  • Patent number: 9510610
    Abstract: A process for producing precooked bacon slices comprising the steps of (a) conveying bacon slices through a spiral oven, (b) indirectly cooking the bacon slices in the spiral oven using a cooking medium which is circulated within the oven at a low rate sufficient to prevent the bacon slices from being displaced on the conveyor, and (c) adding steam to the cooking medium as necessary to at least reduce the percentage or substantially eliminate the presence of air in the cooking medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Unitherm Food Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Howard
  • Patent number: 9445685
    Abstract: An apparatus for steaming at least one tamale has a top rack with a plurality of openings formed therein and extending in a generally horizontal orientation, a bottom rack having a plurality of openings formed therein and extending in a generally horizontal orientation in spaced relation to the top rack, and at least one leg extending downwardly from the bottom rack so as to support the bottom rack a desired distance above an underlying surface. Each of the plurality of openings of the bottom rack has an area less than an area of each of the plurality of openings of the top rack. A handle is affixed to at least one of the top rack and the bottom rack. The handle has a gripping portion extending above the top rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Jose M. Diaz
  • Patent number: 9427484
    Abstract: A household sterilizer for disinfecting fabric material that has become soiled. The unit involves an upright tub containing an electric heating element at its base. A suspension bar extends generally across at least part of the tub interior, for hanging clothing to be treated. An electric cord for the heating element has a switch and timer module in series, to control current flow to the heating element. The arrangement is such that a wide variety of garments, including miscellaneous fabrics in general, can be readily steam cleaned with a minimum of water being required. The tub occupies a minimum of space, suitable for a conventional home or apartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Jose Alvarado, Jean Zamora
  • Patent number: 9379548
    Abstract: A reactive power compensator according to an embodiment comprises: multilevel inverter circuits respectively constituting each of the three phases; a filter circuit for reducing harmonics connected between the output terminals of each of the multilevel inverter circuits and a power system interconnection terminal; and a control section for causing prescribed three-phase AC voltage to be output by controlling each of said multilevel inverter circuits. Each of the multilevel inverter circuits is constituted by connecting in series one or more single-phase full-bridge single-pulse inverters and is arranged to convert DC voltage to respective positive and negative single-pulse voltages once per cycle of the fundamental wave of the voltage instruction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yushi Koyama, Yosuke Nakazawa, Hiroshi Mochikawa, Atsuhiko Kuzumaki, Takeru Murao
  • Patent number: 9301644
    Abstract: A dry cooking fryer (1) comprising a main body (2) receiving food items that are to be fried, and a stirrer (6) automatically coats the items with a film of fat by mixing the food items with fat. The coated food items are cooked within the fryer without immersion in a cooking fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Payen, Jean-Claude Bizard
  • Patent number: 9074776
    Abstract: A convection oven having a vapor collection system; water injection system; easily accessible electrical components; and a variable-speed, reversible blower is disclosed. The vapor collection system collects vapor from the cooking chamber during a cooking event, condenses the vapor, and drains the condensed vapor. The water injection system injects water for impact against a blower wheel for dispersion into the air circulating through the cooking chamber. The electrical components are housed within a housing that in a closed position conceals the components and in a closed position exposes the components for easy access. The rotational speed and direction of the variable-speed, reversible blower is controlled during a cooking event according to predetermined speed curves which may include one or more reversal events to achieve more uniform cooking of food. A main controller is programmable via an operator input (e.g., liquid crystal display touch screen) to control operating parameters of the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Jack Greenwood, Robert J. Reese
  • Patent number: 8997638
    Abstract: A steam cooking apparatus includes a steam generating unit to generate steam from a supply of water, a steam container to cook food using the steam from the steam generating unit, a steam supply pipe coupled to the steam generating unit in order to supply the steam container with the steam generated by the steam generating unit, a steam pipe coupled to the steam container in order to supply the steam container with the steam passing through the steam supply pipe, and a steam pipe connection tube including a first connection portion coupled with the steam supply pipe and a second connection portion coupled with the steam pipe, the second connection portion coupled with the steam pipe being formed to have a diameter which is expanded toward the steam pipe so as to guide the steam pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guan Yong Park, Jae Hyoun Kim, Han Seong Kang, Yun Ic Hwang, Kyoung Ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20150083110
    Abstract: A steam generator comprises a water storage chamber which stores water, a steam generating heater which heats water in the water storage chamber, a water supply pump which supplies water stored in a water supply tank through a water supply port provided in the water storage chamber and a water supply passage, a discharge passage which discharges water formed with a first water discharge passage having a U shape to be convex downward, which is in fluid communication with a discharge port provided in the water storage chamber, and a second water discharge passage having an inverted U shape to be convex upward, and configured such that water stored in the water storage chamber is discharged through the discharge port and the water discharge passage according to the theory of a siphon, wherein the first water discharge passage is formed by a nonmetallic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Masaki Shibuya, Hiroshi Kawai, Yuji Hayakawa, Kuniaki Abe
  • Patent number: 8911812
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, there is provided a cooking apparatus for cooking a foodstuff. The cooking apparatus comprises a vessel configured to accept, in use, liquid therein; a closing sub-assembly configured to be releasably coupled to the vessel, the closing sub-assembly defining an aperture; a steam leading tube operatively coupled to the aperture, the steam leading tube configured to provide a passage, in use, for the steam generated within the vessel from the liquid towards an interior of the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Eduardo C. Suarez—Mason
  • Patent number: 8850968
    Abstract: A steam generation device is placed at a lower portion of a side wall of a heating chamber. A steam jet-out part is placed upper than the steam generation device of the side wall of the heating chamber with a distance from the steam generation device. Thus, even if bumping has occurred within a water storage part of the steam generation device, causing boiling water to rush out from a steam supply port into a steam supply pipe, the boiling water is prevented from intruding into a steam jet-out part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Youhei Seguchi, Shinya Ueda, Takashi Utsumi
  • Publication number: 20140261384
    Abstract: A coupling device for attaching an external heat source to a high-throughput steam cooker enables the steam cooker to be used with a wide variety of heat sources and fuels. The coupling device includes a heat flow chamber that provides efficient, effective heat transfer from the heat source to a heat sink in thermal communication with the steam cooker, thereby facilitating steam generation in a steam cooker assembly. The heat source may be a liquid-fueled heat source to facilitate transport and storage of fuel to remote locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20140251304
    Abstract: The invention relates to a water drawer (1), comprising a housing element (2) and a drawer element (3), wherein the drawer element (3) is movably guided within the housing element (2) and wherein water can be filled into a water receiving space of the drawer element (3), wherein the drawer element (3) can be moved in a translational movement between a first inner position (IN) and a second outer position (OUT), characterized in that the water drawer (1) further comprises at least one driving element (16) for providing a driving force for driving the drawer element (3) to move into the second outer position (OUT).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Klaus Winkelmann, Wolfgang Kraus, Christina Lowe, Lorenzo Gattei, Marco Saporetti
  • Patent number: 8826805
    Abstract: A cooking appliance in accordance with the present invention includes a base, a container engageable with the base and configured to receive one or more food ingredients, a heater for converting a liquid into a cooking vapor and a blade assembly rotatably mounted in the container and having at least one vapor aperture located adjacent to a top of said blade assembly and at least one vapor outlet located adjacent to a bottom of said blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Leung, Joseoh W. Zakowski, Barbara L. Schnabel, Maria Caruso
  • Patent number: 8778180
    Abstract: A device for supporting and fixing a water filter in connection with an oven having a chassis that includes: a housing for receiving the water filter that attaches to the bottom surface with a chassis of the oven; a protective plate that attached to the front wall of the housing; and a cover plate that hides the protective plate and the water filter to keep the set built-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Luciano Piccini Nothen, Flavio Silvio Gava, Ledimara Mascarello, Sandro Augusto Trippia, Patricia Daiane Tambosi
  • Patent number: 8763521
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that maintains an optional heated environment in addition to a humid environment in an interior thereof such that one or more edible items may be stored therein with properties of the one or more edible items maintained in a desirable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: David Bois
  • Publication number: 20140137857
    Abstract: A cooking appliance, including: a cavity forming a cooking space of foods; a steam generator to generate steam for cooking the foods; a cooking container placed on a support part formed in the cavity, and having a cooking chamber to cook the foods and a steam hole to supply the steam generated from the steam generator; and a container cover to cover the cooking container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongseong KWAG, Yangkyeong KIM
  • Patent number: 8726791
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a control panel that is movable between a rest position and an exposed position. A reservoir, which is adapted for holding a fluid, has a filling opening and is positioned behind the control panel in an interior of the household appliance when the reservoir is in an operating position. The control panel is configured to impede access to the reservoir and/or the filling opening when the control panel is in the rest position and the reservoir is in the operating position. The control panel is further configured to allow access to the reservoir and/or the filling opening when the control panel is moved to the exposed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Adamczak, Uwe Berger, Ruediger Hoehn, Franz Thorman, Wolfgang Wieneke
  • Publication number: 20140103023
    Abstract: A converter includes a heating bar, a water line, and a covering layer. Either the water line or the covering layer is mounted on the heating bar. The covering layer has a helical channel wound around the heating bar. Each of the water line and the helical channel is connected with a water tank and at least one nozzle. When the heating bar is conducted by the power supply, either the water line or the helical channel is heated, with air in either the water line or the helical channel being expanded to suck a liquid in the water tank into either the water line or the helical channel by a siphon principle, and with the liquid being heated successively to produce a high temperature steam which is sprayed outward through the nozzle to cook foods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Tsung Kao
  • Patent number: 8695487
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking appliance provided with: a water tank (30) disposed inside a main case (10); a steam-generation device (40) that generates steam by heating water supplied from the water tank (30); a heating chamber (20) to which steam from the steam-generation device (40) is supplied; an exhaust duct (72), provided inside the main case (10), for expelling exhaust from inside the heating chamber (20) to outside the main case (10); an exhaust temperature sensor (74) that measures the temperature of the exhaust air inside the exhaust duct (72); and a steam-generation decision unit that, upon cooking in which steam is supplied from the steam-generation unit (40) into the heating chamber (20), uses information on a physical quantity (the exhaust temperature measured by the exhaust temperature sensor (74)), which indirectly indicates whether there is water in the steam-generation device (40), to decide whether or not to halt steam generation, including the case in which the water tank (30) is out of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuaki Sakane, Toshiaki Ueki
  • Publication number: 20140097173
    Abstract: A cooking device includes an oven chamber operable to receive food that is to be cooked, a steam-generating element for generating steam, and a coupling element through which water used for generating steam is fed, at least in part, to the steam-generating element. The coupling element includes a connecting element configured to connect to a fixed water connection. A pipe element is disposed between the coupling element and the steam-generating element and is configured to establish a flow-connection suitable for conveying water. The pipe element includes a free-fall section and a water-conveying element is at least partially disposed in the free-fall section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Torben Becker, Julia ten Haaf
  • Patent number: 8677890
    Abstract: Disclosed is a divider for a food steaming apparatus of the type generally including a tubular body and at least one perforated food support. The divider includes a plurality of dividing walls extending from a central region to a peripheral region and wherein a major part of the area of each wall is provided with multiple perforations passing therethrough. At least one opening extends along the lower edge region of each dividing wall with a generally flat deflector flap that extends at an incline to the deflector wall having an operatively upper edge joined to the top of the opening and an operatively lower edge spaced circumferentially therefrom. In use, rising gases contact the deflector flap and follow the upwards incline thereof thereby acquiring a circumferential component to the direction of movement. The perforations preferably have apertures that impart circumferential movement to gases passing through the perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Chef 2000 (Pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Michael von Seidel
  • Publication number: 20140042165
    Abstract: The invention relates to a utensil for cooking food under pressure, which utensil comprises firstly a vessel and a lid and secondly a control member (6) for controlling locking/unlocking of the lid relative to the vessel, said utensil being characterized in that said control member (6) is mounted to move on the lid between firstly a deployed position corresponding to the lid being unlocked, and in which said control member (6) is designed to be taken hold of manually in order to enable the lid to be handled, and secondly a retracted position corresponding to the lid being locked and in which said control member is designed to be more difficult to take hold of manually than it is in the deployed position. Utensils for cooking food under pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Eric Chameroy, Philippe Roussard
  • Patent number: 8647692
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a combined process for generating steam in a steam-baking oven. The oven (2) comprises a baking chamber (3) containing at least one air heating element (10) and at least one fan (4) to keep the air moving inside the baking chamber (3); the oven (2) is associated with a steam generator (5) and is connected to a water supply (6). The combined process includes a saturation step, in which the steam generator (5) is activated until a substantial steam saturation is obtained in the baking chamber (3), and a spraying step in which the steam generator (5) is deactivated and the steam is produced by spraying water onto the heating elements (10); the steam generator (5) is temporarily and periodically activated during the spraying step to keep the steam quality substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Giorik S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Giazzon, Massimo Tesser, Paolo Candiago
  • Patent number: 8601939
    Abstract: A steam cooking system includes a steam cooking chamber having an access door and a drain for draining condensate from the steam cooking chamber along a drain path. A steam generator unit heats water to generate steam. The steam generator unit is connected for delivery of steam from the steam generator to the steam cooking chamber via a first steam path during a cooking operation. The steam generator unit is also connected for delivery of steam from the steam generator to the drain path via a second steam path during a steam flushing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Premark FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Atul Saksena, Larry W. Lyons, Michael B. Reckner
  • Publication number: 20130306054
    Abstract: A home appliance having a water-fed steaming apparatus, the home appliance including an appliance body housing the steaming apparatus; a water supply vessel for supplying water to the steaming apparatus; a vessel housing within the appliance body for holding the water supply vessel; and a mounting assembly for mounting the vessel housing to the appliance body, the mounting assembly including a bezel having a locking element; a bracket engaged with the vessel housing and the locking element; and a spacer element extending between the appliance body and the bracket to define an air gap between the vessel housing and the appliance body for air flow between the vessel housing and the appliance body for cooling the vessel housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Ben Braden, Russell Dorsten, Jeremy Nash, Timothy Russell, Michael Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8581151
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide steam oven drain valve systems and methods for draining steam ovens and associated water lines on aircraft and other passenger transport vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20130280394
    Abstract: An device and method are provided for steam injection heating to melt a cheese component of a food item of a food product. The device includes a housing for a steam generator and a steaming chamber. Generated steam is injected into the steaming chamber to melt the cheese component of the food item held in a container inserted into the steaming chamber. The device is configured to rest on a counter so that the counter provides an interior support surface in the steaming chamber. The counter also provides an exterior support surface for the container and a work surface. The container is inserted into the steaming chamber by sliding it on the exterior surface and is received and supported by the interior support surface. A food product having a melted cheese component is assembled, produced and packaged while the container is supported in the single plane of the counter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8546731
    Abstract: An electric appliance for pressure cooking food includes a casing (1) and a lid (4) forming the outer jacket of the appliance, an outer vessel (2) forming the inner chamber of the appliance, a heating element (25) placed in the bottom of the outer vessel (2), a removable inner vessel (3) forming the container (30) for cooking food, wherein the inner vessel (3) includes at least one handhold (31) extending past the periphery of the casing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Pellerin, Florent Pontabry, Frederic Seurat
  • Publication number: 20130220301
    Abstract: A food cooking device includes a cooking structure defining a volume for receiving food product to be cooked, and a heating arrangement for heating food product within the volume. The heating arrangement includes a gas burner system that includes a blower and fuel gas flow feed device arranged such that operation of the blower draws in ambient air and the flow of ambient air through the blower in turn draws fuel gas from the fuel gas flow control device such that a ratio of fuel gas to ambient air remains substantially the same regardless of blower speed. A burner is connected to receive the fuel gas and ambient air mixture from the blower. A controller is connected for controlling blower speed, the controller configured to vary the blower speed between at least two different non-zero blower speeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Atul Saksena, Timothy L. Cupp, Jeffrey L. Frock, Larry W. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8511221
    Abstract: A machine for preparing coffee and milk based beverages having a steam generator, a first apparatus for producing coffee as well as a source of liquid milk and a second apparatus for preparing and dispensing a beverage from a concentrated fluid product. The second apparatus includes a beverage preparation device associated with a second dispenser connected via first line to a first connector unit of the second apparatus to receive a concentrated fluid product pre-diluted in the first connector unit and, via a second line, to the source of liquid milk to complete dilution and obtain a diluted product to be dispensed from the beverage preparation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Gruppo Cimbali S.p.A.
    Inventors: Dario Sala, Andrea Coccia
  • Publication number: 20130199511
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooking device having a flexible sequence control for automatic cleaning of an oven cavity. A customizing aspect allows for the inputting of values for a combination of parameters of a cleaning system. These parameters may include degree of soiling, cleaning time, energy consumption, water consumption, cleaner consumption, rinse agent consumption, and/or overall cost of cleaning. The sets of parameters can be entered, saved and recalled, or deleted. While setting values of the parameters, any undefined parameter(s) are automatically changed accordingly to achieve an optimal result. Unreasonable or impossible combinations of parameters are blocked. The parameters may be visualized as user friendly touch-activated bars. Selection can be made from several optimizing options, such as cost optimization, time optimization, resource optimization, and ecological optimization that reduce the consumption of resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Convotherm Elektrogeraet GMBH
    Inventor: Hannes Laessig
  • Patent number: 8464702
    Abstract: This invention is to be used primarily to convert a traditional charcoal grill into a multifaceted smoker with wet and dry smoking capabilities. Furthermore, novel racks within the invention allow the user to utilize all of the space within the smoker providing for more food cooked over a given time frame. The invention also included a removal tray allowing access to the fuel and liquid pan with only negligible heat loss and no risk of damage to the contents of the smoker or the surface upon which the smoker is placed when removed from the primary heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Frank P. Foster