Multi-barbed Comminuting Face (e.g., Grater) Patents (Class 241/273.1)
  • Patent number: 8925842
    Abstract: A grating device for grating material includes a hollow handle having an interior cavity and a grater removably attachable to the hollow handle in a first configuration and a second configuration. The handle includes a top wall portion having a major outer surface configured to abut against a palm of a hand of a person gripping the grating device, a pair of elongated longitudinal sidewall portions, a closed end wall portion, and an open end wall portion on an opposing side of the hollow handle from the closed end wall portion. The open end wall portion of the hollow handle includes at least one surface extending through the hollow handle defining a passageway between the interior cavity of the hollow handle and an exterior of the hollow handle. Such a grating device may be used to grate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Brandon Juarez
  • Patent number: 8882010
    Abstract: A grinder specially adapted for grinding herbs has a sheet with unique groove patterns forming a grinding area. Although it is a manual grinder, the grinder does not require the use of cutting blades, making it much safer to use. The grinder is particularly suitable for grinding softer herbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Violina Syndicate, LLC
    Inventors: Eitam Scharf, Kimberly Dian Grant
  • Patent number: 8857747
    Abstract: A food preparation plate is replaceable and engagement means for retaining the food preparation plate are present between the food preparation plate and a retaining part. The food preparation plate can move in translation in a direction perpendicular to a plane constituted by the retaining part. Two places on the back side of the food preparation plate that is retained in the retaining part can be simultaneously pressed in the direction of the front side by the digits of different hands; and by simultaneously pressing those two places with digits of different hands, the food preparation plate is moved in translation in the direction of the front side thereof, so as to release the engagement means and allow the food preparation plate to be detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kai R & D Center Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaharu Goto
  • Patent number: 8672249
    Abstract: A herb grinder includes a metal sheet having a first surface and an opposite second surface. the sheet being configured to include, on at least one of the surfaces, a plurality of grooves extending parallel with one another and spaced apart from one another, wherein the grooves and at least one of the surfaces, a plurality of grooves extending parallel with one another and spaced apart from one another, wherein the grooves and said at least one of the surfaces define a square wave shape having flat valleys and flat peaks, wherein the flat valleys are roughened by a process of photochemical etching. A plurality of holes of a first type, extending from a peak to the bottom surface of the metal sheet, and a plurality of holes of a second type extending from a valley to the bottom surface of the metal sheet. The metal sheet may include an opening adjacent an edge of the sheet, and a flexible link may be fastened to the metal sheet through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Violina Syndicate, LLC
    Inventors: Eitam Scharf, Kimberly Dian Grant
  • Publication number: 20140061343
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a grating apparatus. The apparatus has a grating member provided with a grating surface configured to interact with a food item. The grating member includes a plurality of assemblies of teeth pointing away from the grating surface, wherein the assemblies of teeth include pointed teeth of non-homogenous in size, each pointed tooth has a body defining at least a first triangular side with an angle of inclination from substantially 44-67° with respect to the grating surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick WAIBEL
  • Patent number: 8636237
    Abstract: A herb grinder includes a metal sheet having a first surface and an opposite second surface. the sheet being configured to include, on at least one of the surfaces, a plurality of grooves extending parallel with one another and spaced apart from one another, wherein the grooves and said at least one of the surfaces, a plurality of grooves extending parallel with one another and spaced apart from one another, wherein the grooves and at least one of the surfaces define a square wave shape having flat valleys and flat peaks, wherein the flat valleys are roughened by a process of photochemical etching. A plurality of holes of a first type, extending from a peak to the bottom surface of the metal sheet, and a plurality of holes of a second type extending from a valley to the bottom surface of the metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Violina Syndicate, LLC
    Inventors: Eitam Scharf, Kimberly Dian Grant
  • Patent number: 8448887
    Abstract: The present matter provides an improved grating surface and graters having an improved grating surface. The grating surface includes one or more cutting blades extending outwardly from the grating surface each including a cutting edge, and at least one groove located on the grating surface and extending towards the cutting edge of the at least one cutting blade. The at least one groove can be located on the cutting blade surface and extend towards and into the cutting edge. The at least one grove can be formed by chemical etching techniques (e.g. in a grating surface of metal such as stainless steel). Grooves and cutting blades can be simultaneously formed in a grating surface by chemical etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Browne & Co.
    Inventors: David Green, David Chan, Karen Chow
  • Patent number: 8403243
    Abstract: A food grater having an improved cutting surface with teeth that are configured to prevent or reduce the sideways pull against a food item as it travels along the cutting surface. In a preferred version, the blades are formed with a V-shape that improves the ability of the user to push a food item straight down the cutting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Kent
  • Patent number: 8308091
    Abstract: A food grater having an improved cutting surface in which cutting teeth are configured with cutting edges that are inclined in alternating directions. In various embodiments, the cutting surface is incorporated into a hand-held, box, pyramid, or other grater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Kent
  • Publication number: 20120205474
    Abstract: A grinding apparatus for dispensing a dose of ground frozen material starting from a frozen block. The apparatus comprises a grinding unit, for grinding the frozen block in order to provide an amount of ground frozen material and a feeding unit for feeding the frozen block to the grinding unit. In particular, the feeding unit comprises a feeding member that is adapted for moving frozen block for a desired predetermined grinding stroke against grinding unit such that a grinding length of block is ground. A grinding unit provides at least one grater and one motor for causing the grater to rotate. In order to obtain a desired weight of the dose, a volume of frozen material is calculated that corresponds to said weight, since the density of the frozen material is known.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Jan Post, Goran Aleksijovski, Wouter Dijkstra, Bob Honsbeek, Cristian Bormetti, Marco Bianchi
  • Publication number: 20120199681
    Abstract: A rotary grater includes a main body having a portion of one side formed from a resilient material. An internal grating barrel includes a plurality of grating teeth and is configured to grate cheese or other food items. The barrel is positioned for rotation inside the main body, such that cheese within the main body can be urged against the barrel by pressure against the resilient material, which will collapse as the food item decreases in size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Justin Bagley
  • Patent number: 8215231
    Abstract: A food processor having a food processing path accessible through a slot in which is received at least one food processing tool removably received within the slot such that food passing along the food processing path is processed by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Bigge, Michael P. Conti, David J. Gushwa, Arren J. McCormick, Ben C. Shao, Jeffrey A. Wessel
  • Patent number: 7922565
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for comminuting dry ice granules, comprising a housing having a flow channel for dry ice granules which can be applied, by means of compressed gas, to a surface to be cleaned, and also comprising a first comminution member for comminuting the dry ice granules which are to be dispensed. In order to provide a device of this kind with which different degrees of comminution of dry ice granules can be achieved in a simple manner, it is proposed according to the invention that the device has at least one second comminution member which can be disposed in the housing in a position in which a total degree of comminution, which is greater than the individual degree of comminution which can be achieved solely by the first comminution member, can be achieved in combination with the first comminution member. A dry ice dispensing arrangement for dispensing a mixture of compressed gas and dry ice granules is also proposed, having a device of the above kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Alfred Kaercher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Knisel, Ralf Schick
  • Patent number: 7837137
    Abstract: A food holder for a grater or a slicer, having a shaft element into which food that is to be minced can be placed and through which it can be conveyed to a device for mincing foods that can be connected to the holder is characterized in that the shaft element has an elongated cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Leifheit AG
    Inventors: Markus Klotz, Benjamin Schramm, Christian Gross, Stephan Gerster
  • Publication number: 20100180780
    Abstract: An apparatus for the manual cutting of foods includes a first basic element and a second basic element, wherein the first and second basic elements are pivotably movable relative to one another about a pivot axis from a non-usage setting into a work setting, wherein the first and second basic elements each have a front side and a rear side, each of the front and rear sides having a functional surface configured as a guideway and as a cutting zone for food, and wherein the first and second basic elements lie one against the other in the non-usage setting. The apparatus also has an integrated latching device disposed in a region of the pivot axis configured to secure defined angular settings of the first and second basic elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: HAPE GMBH
    Inventor: Joerg Beckmann
  • Publication number: 20100147981
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for crumbling a food product such as a block of cheese into irregularly shaped food particles. One embodiment of the apparatus consists of a chute-shaped housing that contains two opposing plates with a plurality of protrusions on their faces, where the plates are closer together towards the bottom of the chute. When food is inserted into the top of the chute and one of the plates is moved in an up-and-down motion, the protrusions on the opposing plates crumble the food into progressively smaller food particles until the crumbled particles drop through the gap between the bottoms of the plates and out the bottom of the chute. Other embodiments are described and shown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Ira Harris Leventhal
  • Publication number: 20100012758
    Abstract: A kitchen utensil, in the nature of a zester (15), having a zester blade (17) on which an array of teeth are formed. The blade (17) is fashioned out of a blank of thin metallic material, the edges of which are quite sharp. At least two such edges intersect to create a very sharp point and which becomes an area of potential injury. To minimize injury at that intersection, and further, to protect counter tops and the like from marring and scratching, a-protective tip (40) is fitted over that intersection. The protective tip (40) is made out of a soft plastic or rubber material and inhibits contact with the point at that intersection and the area immediately adjacent thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Louis Chalfant, Carter W. McGuyer, Christopher R. Grace
  • Publication number: 20090050723
    Abstract: The invention provides a food grater assembly comprising a base; an external cylindrical portion removably attached to the base; a grater disc disposed within and removably attached to the lower end of the outer cylindrical portion; an inner divider having a cross wall dividing the inner space of the inner cylindrical portion in two equal portions; said divider being able to rotate freely within the external cylindrical portion; a plunger disposed within the divider, said plunger having a plurality of annular ridges disposed along a portion of its length; said plunger portion having a closed bottom wall and a slot defined axially and longitudinally along a portion of is length; a pair of engaging strips flexibly attached to and disposed in the wall of the external cylinder, each of said engaging strips having horizontal ridges along a portion of the inner surface thereof for engaging and disengaging the horizontal ridges of the plunger; and a cap disposed on the upper end of the inner plunger portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Ralph F.E. Eikelenberg, Jan-Hendrik de Groote
  • Patent number: 7469848
    Abstract: A grater for cutting, slicing and grating food. The grater including a housing having a peripheral wall structure and a base cooperating to define a receptacle. The housing including a skirt portion extending away from the receptacle and being engageable by a user's hand to hold the housing in place on an underlying support surface. The grater includes a blade carried by the housing. The skirt portion receives a user's hand in a grasping position to simultaneously engage the skirt portion and the underlying support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Shunji Yamanaka, Hisato Ogata, Eugene Kaneko
  • Patent number: 7461803
    Abstract: A multi grater for material to be grated, such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, nuts, etc. comprises at least three, but preferably four or six grating devices which each have a specific grating function and are connected to one another at their edges. Thus, a grater body of polygonal cross section is formed with a cavity into which grated material is discharged. The grater body further comprises an insert which can be inserted into the cavity and is suitable for receiving the grated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Boerner Kunststoff-und Metallwarenfabrik GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Boerner
  • Publication number: 20080179803
    Abstract: A cutting board assembly includes a frame, including a support platform; a cutting board removably retained on the support platform; a grating portion disposed in the support platform; and a peeling portion disposed in the support platform. A container is received by and retained within the frame. The container is movable between a retracted position, in which the container is substantially disposed interior to the frame, and a protracted position, in which the container is substantially disposed exterior to the frame. The grating portion is located relative to the container such that bits of food that are grated using the grating portion are received and retained within the container. The peeling portion is located relative to the container such that portions of food that are cut using the peeling portion are received and retained within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: CCB Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Shew, Daniel Lee Bizzell
  • Patent number: 7331538
    Abstract: A safety grater having a parallelepipedal base body, an attachment that slides back and forth along guide rails by slide bars and that has a cylinder, into which items to be grated and sliced and a plunger are introduced and having at least one grating insert that can be fitted into the base body. The base body has elements that prevent the use of the grating and slicing insert without the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Home-Innovation
    Inventor: Dietmar Menze
  • Patent number: 7226012
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an improved grater disc having a plurality of grater holes on a disc and at least one grater blade with an angle not less than 90 degrees protruded from the periphery of each grater hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Chung-Jen Pai
  • Patent number: 7207512
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a food triturating device with a first extension, a second extension and a hinge device therebetween. The hinge device is located within a housing, and comprises a hinge bar, a rotating drum mounted on a hinge bar. The rotating drum is slidable between a first position and a second position and rotatable between any one of three rotating positions. The hinge also comprises a engagement wall positioned within the housing and having a shelf and at least one locking slots. A locking member is formed on the rotating drum and cooperates with the engagement wall to lock the rotating drum into any one of the three rotating positions with the rotating drum is in the first sliding position. A biasing spring, located within the housing, biases the rotating drum toward the first sliding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: Terri Webb, Louis Chalfant
  • Patent number: 7017843
    Abstract: An improved hand-held food processor for performing selected cutting operations upon a foodstuff is disclosed comprising an elongated housing, a lever arm extended substantially through the housing and pivotally coupled thereto under a spring bias, and a processing plate containing a cutting panel slidably disposed and adapted to engage the pivoting lever arm at its lower tip to provide reciprocating cutting motion. The housing is formed having a narrow grip-like upper section for handling and an expanded bell-shaped lower section with an open bottom at the base of the housing. The lower section of the housing is further formed having a forward compartment intended to hold the foodstuff to be processed. A spring-driven press mechanism is slidably mounted within the forward compartment of the housing and releasably engaged for activation to push the foodstuff through the compartment and onto the reciprocating plate for delivery of processed foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: John J. Romano
  • Publication number: 20020112583
    Abstract: A food processing device comprising a body, a container removably accommodated by said body and food processing means supported on said body above said container, whereby solids and/or liquids resulting from the processing of food by the food processing means fall into the container, whereby the food processing means include food slicing means, mounted on the body so as to be held stationary relative thereto, and first and second food holding means, mounted on the body for movement relative thereto so as to bring food held thereby into slicing contact with said food slicing means, wherein said first food holding means comprise a slidable food support element mounted on said body for sliding motion relative thereto, and a hand guard, mountable on said food support element such that food held between the food support element and the hand guard may be urged downwardly during the sliding motion without exposing the hand of the operator to contact with the food slicing means, whereby on sliding of said slidable fo
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: Yan Kwong Wong
  • Patent number: 6412717
    Abstract: A grater for grating food comprising a container for housing food to be grated, the container having an inner surface with a non-circular cross-section, the inner surface inhibiting rotation of food to be held in the container, and a substantially circular grating portion for grating food held in the container, the arrangement being such that the extremities of the noncircular inner surface lie on the periphery of the circular grating portion, the circular grating portion being adapted to rotate relative to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Xanthos Menelaou
  • Patent number: 6318652
    Abstract: A grater according to the present invention has a frame and a blade attached to the frame. The frame has a handle extended from a short side of the frame. A recess is defined in an inner part of the hollow of the frame near the handle such that the blade can be removed easily from the frame. The blade has a contiguous side wall extending downward and the side wall mates with an opening defined in the frame. As the grater has changeable blades, it is possible to deal with various vegetables and fruits by selection of the suitable blade, whereby effectiveness and convenience in using the grater are achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Ming-Chien Liu