Preparing Solid Product In Final Form By Heating Patents (Class 426/233)
  • Patent number: 10286236
    Abstract: A continuous fire suppression system includes a fire suppressing vapor cooking medium circulating within a cooking chamber of a spiral oven; a temperature analyzer arranged to monitor a temperature of the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium; finned heating elements in communication with the temperature analyzer and arranged to heat the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium; a humidity analyzer arranged to monitor a relative humidity of the fire suppressing vapor cooking vapor medium; and a fire suppressing vapor cooking medium injector in communication with the humidity analyzers. the at least one fire suppressing vapor cooking medium injector arranged to inject the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium into the cooking chamber as needed to maintain a relative humidity equal to or greater than a relative humidity of no more than 10% vol. dry air with the remaining volume being the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HIP, Inc.
    Inventor: David Howard
  • Patent number: 10215744
    Abstract: Nutritional substance systems and methods are disclosed enabling the tracking and communication of changes in nutritional, organoleptic, and aesthetic values of nutritional substances, and further enabling the adaptive storage and adaptive conditioning of nutritional substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Iceberg Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Eugenio Minvielle
  • Patent number: 10172382
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bean roasting device, comprising: a drum unit comprising a base, a drum pivotally provided in the base and having a receiving space, and a rotation device provided on one side of the base and configured to drive the drum into rotation relative to the base; a heat lamp unit comprising a positioning seat connected to the base, one or a plurality of heat lamp tubes connected at one end to the positioning seat and extending into the receiving space, and one or a plurality of air inlet ducts each provided around a said heat lamp tube and configured to guide air into the receiving space of the drum; and an air supply/venting unit provided on one side of the base, the air supply/venting unit comprising an air guiding portion in communication with the receiving space of the drum and an air blower/air extractor provided on one side of the air guiding portion and configured to provide a positive pressure/negative pressure to the receiving space of the drum through the air guiding portio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Ching-Cheng Cheng
  • Patent number: 10058214
    Abstract: An automatic cooking medium level control system for a cooking apparatus, e.g., a fryer, may include a cooking vessel having a first temperature sensor at a first level of the cooking vessel and a second temperature sensor at a second level of the cooking vessel. A reservoir holding a cooking medium, such as cooking oil, may be in fluid communication with the cooking vessel. A controller may monitor temperature data from the first and second temperature sensors to determine whether the level of cooking oil in the cooking vessel has lowered. Upon determining that the cooking oil level has lowered, the controller may actuate a supply mechanism, such as a pump, which may be disposed on a fluid communication path between the reservoir and cooking vessel, which may enable the introduction of cooking medium from the reservoir to the to the cooking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas A. Burkett, Tim A. Landwehr, Robert W. Stirling, Gary L. Mercer, Joseph J. Tiszai, Robert T. Wood
  • Patent number: 9943090
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and system for reducing or eliminating the possibility of cross-contamination between food to be cooked in a cooking device and food cooking in the cooking device. The methods and systems determine the placement into a cooking device of food product to be cooked by the distance sensor, determine a hygienic safe cooking time (HSCT) for that product based on the identification of food product to be cooked, and compare the HSCT to one or more remaining cooking times of food product cooking in the cooking device on levels below and/or above the desired placement of the food product to be cooked. Various methods of identifying the food to be cooked may be employed, both manual and automatic. As a result of the comparison, the methods and systems of the disclosure can identify safe carrier/tray level(s) for accepting placement of the food to be cooked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CONVOTHERM ELEKTROGERAETE GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Schilling
  • Patent number: 9841261
    Abstract: A commercial oven, such as a combination oven providing steam and convection heating, may provide for two different peak power modes and for steam cooking. A temperature sensor sampling temperature from a region of the oven may be used to detect a complete filling of the oven with steam. The temperature of the temperature sensor is compared against different temperature thresholds depending on the selected peak power so that temperature may be used to discriminate steam filling for different peak power levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Alto-Shaam, Inc.
    Inventors: J. K. Raghavan, Steve Maahs, Andy Tishendorf, Janus Bartelick
  • Patent number: 9756981
    Abstract: The toaster oven of the present invention includes a housing having an internal heating compartment, an upper heating element and a lower heating element. The upper heating element and the lower heating element are independently controllable between zero power and full power in dependence upon a user-selected operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kam Fai Fung
  • Patent number: 9626078
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is disclosed. The mobile terminal can transmit/receive information or a signal to/from a cooking apparatus, improve user convenience, remotely monitor a state of the cooking apparatus, and receive a control command with respect to the cooking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mijin Jung, Shinjae Jeong, Soohwan Lee
  • Patent number: 9241510
    Abstract: Apparatus and Method for an intelligent, optimizing, pro-active process controller for use in all types of product processing systems are disclosed. The disclosed controller and its associated apparatus uniquely develop and dynamically optimize their process control capabilities through measuring, monitoring and analyzing product and product container attributes and performance while quantifying variability and can thus pro-actively track, trace and control overall processing performance down to an individual unit of production thereby optimizing product processing times, increasing capacity, improving product quality and reducing variability while enhancing treatment flexibility and food treatment safety in all types of food and drink processing systems, with particular reference to continuous food and drink processing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ICS Solutions B.V.
    Inventor: Paul Bernard Newman
  • Patent number: 9188344
    Abstract: A combustion convection oven has improved energy efficiency. The oven includes a moveable exhaust damper that selectively closes off the exhaust plenum so as to inhibit the escape of heated air from the oven's cooking cavity. The exhaust damper is open when the oven is in a heating mode with the burners on, but closed when the oven is in a heated mode where the burners are off. Thus, airflow through the oven is significantly reduced or eliminated when the burners are off. The damper may have a degree of openness that is controlled to be inverse to the speed of the oven's fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: MIDDLEBY MARSHALL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Van Murray
  • Patent number: 9123234
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is disclosed. The mobile terminal can transmit/receive information or a signal to/from a cooking apparatus, improve user convenience, remotely monitor a state of the cooking apparatus, and receive a control command with respect to the cooking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Mijin Jung, Shinjae Jeong, Soohwan Lee
  • Publication number: 20150147443
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for the production of cheese. In one embodiment, the disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for making pasta filata cheese. In one embodiment a tube within a tube design is used for the production of pasta filata cheese.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: JOHNSON INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Peter F. Nelles, Gary L. Nesheim, Grant L. Nesheim
  • Publication number: 20150132450
    Abstract: Cooking apparatus comprising at least one baking mould (11, 12) with a first (13) and a second (14) heating element; and a control system (16) configured to control the power supply to the first (13) and the second (14) heating element, wherein the control system (16) is configured to provide the first heating element (13) with a first electric power, while the second heating element (14) is provided with a second electric power which differs from the first electric power, wherein the first and the second electric power lie in a range from zero to a determined maximum electric power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Benny Marcelinus Lydie PITTEURS
  • Patent number: 9017751
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining the residual time until a cooking process of a foodstuff (12) has been finished. At first a set temperature value for a core (14) of the foodstuff (12) is defined. Next the actual temperatures in the core (14) of the foodstuff (12) at predetermined times are measured and the time dependence of the measured temperature in the core (14) of the foodstuff (12) is determined. At last the time dependence of the measured temperature is compared with the set temperature value and “the residual time of the cooking process is estimated. The invention relates further to a corresponding apparatus for determining the residual time until a cooking process of a foodstuff (12) has been finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventor: Dominik Rauh
  • Patent number: 8981270
    Abstract: The time/temperature history of a food tray or pouch heated by microwave energy applied through a waveguide can be accurately assessed on positioning and stabilizing a shielded data logger in an orientation where the base of the data logger is located generally close to zero depth (near the side wall) and the tip projects to the cold spot in the tray or pouch. A frame can be used to assure stability of orientation in a pouch while bracing can be used to assure stability in a tray. The properly configured food tray or pouch can serve as an accurate witness device for food items being processed in a similar manner under microwave heating for, e.g., sterilization or pasteurization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Washington State University
    Inventors: Juming Tang, Fang Liu
  • Patent number: 8980102
    Abstract: A system for delivering a cooking medium of a cooking apparatus includes one or more cooking vessels. The system also includes a drain manifold in fluid communication with the cooking vessel, and a fill manifold having input valves, and output valves in fluid communication with a corresponding cooking vessel. A first flow path is connected to the fill manifold. A filter container selectively is in fluid communication with the fill manifold. A filter pump is positioned between the filter container and the fill manifold and conveys a recycled cooking medium. An overflow pump selectively is in fluid communication with the fill manifold via a second flow path and a portion of the first flow path. The overflow pump conveys a new cooking medium to the fill manifold. The first flow path conveys one of the recycled cooking medium and the new cooking medium to the fill manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Henny Penny Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Florkey, Joseph J. Tiszai
  • Patent number: 8974844
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for processing harvested produce such as fruits and vegetables, where the sterilization, stabilization and packaging is done in such a manner that it allows for longer retention of freshness, texture, flavor and overall quality than is possible with conventional retort processes and packaging. One specific embodiment discusses sterilizing and packaging harvested produce into a bulk storage container, comprising the steps of cleaning, dicing and blanching said produce, thereby creating pre-processed produce; adding water, at least one acid or salt, and at least one carbohydrate, to said pre-processed produce to form a mixture of pre-processed produce and a liquid packing medium; processing said mixture in an ohmic processing vessel to form a sterilized mixture suitable for aseptic packaging in said container, without first packaging said mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Del Monte Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren L. Druz
  • Publication number: 20150064316
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for cooking a food cooked by contact, characterized in that the apparatus is made to transmit information to a user after a period of time during which the food is heated by the resistor(s) has elapsed, said period of time depending on at least one value of the internal cooking temperature of the food, which is pre-stored in a memory of the apparatus at the factory prior to the first operational use thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastien Volatier, Dominique Excoffier
  • Publication number: 20150056344
    Abstract: Appliance for processing food and method of operating the same The present application in particular is related to a method of operating a cooking appliance, in which a food category of a food item automatically can be assigned based on features extracted from an image of the food item. For improving assignment, the method is provided with self learning performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Christoph Luckhardt
  • Patent number: 8954351
    Abstract: A novel vending machine system integrating a food storage container and a high speed stored energy cooking oven capable of cooking foods in under one minute such as that further described by U.S. Provisional Application 60/822,028 filed on Aug. 10, 2006 as well as co-pending application “Wire Mesh Thermal Radiative Element and Use in a Radiative Oven” filed on Dec. 30, 2008 by De Luca. The invention disclosing a novel configuration for the oven incorporating storage, a system allowing for the proper cooking of items and food positioning, an activation system, and an invoicing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: De Luca Oven Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Publication number: 20150010679
    Abstract: A continuous low temperature food pasteurization system (10) includes a conveyor system (20) for conveying food products (FP) through a pasteurization chamber (40). A pre heater (140) may be located upstream from the pasteurization chamber, and an optional post heater (160) may be located downstream from the pasteurization chamber. A chiller and/or freezer (100) rapidly chills and/or freezes the food product after pasteurization as the conveyor system conveys the food product through the freezer. A control system (250) controls the operation of the pasteurization system to ensure that a desired percentage of pathogenic microorganisms present on the surface and/or within the interior of the food product are killed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Strong, Richard Daniel Stockard, Jon A. Hocker
  • Publication number: 20150004289
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking apparatus, preferably including a plurality of heating plates for contact cooking. The cooking time is determined by selecting a desired degree of cooking of the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Sebastien Volatier
  • Publication number: 20140370167
    Abstract: A food preparation and delivery system can include a plurality of cooking units such as ovens, each containing one or more prepared, but partially or completely uncooked, food items. The food items in the cooking units are for delivery to each of a corresponding plurality of consumer delivery destinations. The cooking units are loaded into a cargo compartment of a delivery vehicle for delivery to the plurality of consumer delivery destinations. The cooking conditions within the cooking unit are controlled such the each food item is cooked prior to arrival at the consumer destination location. In at least some embodiments, the estimated delivery time for each consumer destination location can be dynamically updated and the cooking conditions within the cooking unit adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander John Garden
  • Publication number: 20140348988
    Abstract: The method for pasteurisation and/or sterilisation of a food according to the invention comprises, in a first step, provision of a device (1) for the impingement of steam, particularly water vapour, on a food. The food is then impinged upon with steam for the pasteurisation and/or sterilisation of the food by means of the steam in order to achieve a reduction in the quantity of a microorganism present on and/or in the food, particularly a pathogenic microorganism. Before the food is impinged upon with steam, the temperature of the food is brought to a preheating temperature greater than or equal to the pasteurisation and/or sterilisation temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Braun, Marco Keller, Rainer Perren
  • Publication number: 20140335243
    Abstract: A method of using compact apparatus for automatically making a plurality of flat edibles includes a storage and dispensing limit that makes it unnecessary for a user to pre-measure ingredients. The apparatus also includes a mixing and kneading unit for making dough of optimal consistency. The dough prepared may be transferred onto a lower platen from a transfer base by a transfer sweeper. The dough may be flattened in a platen unit. An upper platen and the lower platen of the platen unit may be heated to a pre-programmed temperature for cooking the flat edible. The temperature may also be manually set by the user based on user's preference. The flat may be cooked by the platen unit. This method has very little human intervention. One has to load the flour and water in their respective containers and every other step is automated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: PRANOTI NAGARKAR ISRANI
  • Publication number: 20140314923
    Abstract: A fluidized bed coffee roaster controls air flow and/or temperature to maintain a desired time-temperature roast profile. The roaster may also provide a two stage quenching cycle for rapidly cooling roasted coffee beans to ambient temperature. In a first stage of the quenching cycle unheated air is passed through the roasted beans while they are still in the roasting chamber of the fluidized bed roaster. In a second stage of the quenching cycle which is carried out outside of the roasting chamber, in a fluidized bed quenching station, unheated air is flowed through, and fluidizes, the roasted coffee beans cooling them to ambient temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Gourmet Coffee Roasters Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Sewell, James N. Suddath
  • Publication number: 20140242227
    Abstract: A cooking device is provided. The cooking device may include a cavity forming a space in which food may be received for cooking, a grill heater provided at one side of the cavity and having a plurality of heaters to heat the food, a food sensing device provided in the cavity to acquire information related to a size of the food received in the cavity, and a main controller to estimate the size of the food using information sensed by the food sensing device. The main controller may then operate a part or all of the plurality of heaters according to the estimated size of the food to perform a grill cooking operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Jaekyung YANG, Youngmin LEE, Eunkyoung YOON, Jinyul HU, Heungsik CHOI
  • Publication number: 20140227404
    Abstract: This invention pertains to dental bones made from one, or several of, fresh or dried: beef skin, pork skin, lamb skin, poultry skin, rabbit skin, or fish skin as raw material; washing said raw material; turning said raw materials into skin paste; turning said skin paste into gelatin; adding additional ingredients to said gelatin; mixing said additional ingredients in said gelatin; cooling said mixed gelatin; cutting said mixed gelatin; drying said cut gelatin; and injecting said dried cut gelatin into a mold. The finished product has a longer expiration date, tastes better, and is healthier for pets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: VITAL SOURCE GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Hong-Li Gao
  • Publication number: 20140220196
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for measuring and controlling temperatures of a cooking platen. In particular, according to the invention, a surface temperature sensor is configured to measure a temperature on or proximate to a cooking surface of the platen and an internal temperature sensor is provided to measure an internal temperature of the platen, which may be proximate to the hottest location in the platen, i.e., the opposite surface of an insulated platen or the core of an uninsulated platen. The surface temperature sensor provides an accurate reading of the actual cooking surface temperature, while the internal temperature sensor provides a better indication of total heat energy stored in the platen, being less sensitive to surface fluctuations. A microprocessor controls the rate of heat energy addition to the platen based on information from both temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Balagru K. Veloo
  • Publication number: 20140220197
    Abstract: A thermal processing and control system (10) includes a thermal processing station (12) for receiving food products (14) being carried on a conveyor system (16). A first scanning station (18) is located upstream from a similar processing station (12) for scanning the food products being carried by the conveyor (16). A second scanning station (20) is located downstream of the thermal processing station (12). A diverter conveyor (24) diverts selected food products (14) from the conveyor (16) to a transverse conveyor (26) which is capable of positioning the diverted food product onto a temperature measurement station (28), whereat the temperature of the food product is measured, either manually or automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jon A. Hocker, John R. Strong, Ramesh M. Gunawardena
  • Publication number: 20140199446
    Abstract: A conveyor toaster includes a housing with a split-conveyor extending through the housing to convey food items through a cooking chamber for cooking by infrared heating elements located above and below the conveyor. Electrical components are separated from the heating elements and cooled with ambient air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: STAR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael L. Huegerich
  • Publication number: 20140193543
    Abstract: A chocolate confection has a surface that is coated to absorb an edible dye, the surface of the chocolate confection having a coarse sugar coating formed from one or more layers of a first solution having a high sugar to water ratio and a finish sugar coating applied over the coarse sugar coating and formed from one or more layers of a second solution having a low sugar to water ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander Vigneri
  • Publication number: 20140170275
    Abstract: A cooking system for automating cooking steps of a recipe on a stove comprising a stove including a plurality of cooking elements; power controller for controlling the operation of each one of the cooking elements; and computer system in communication with the power controller, said computer system including a processor, computer readable data storage, and a visual display unit. The processor causes the computer system to perform the steps of: for each automated step of said recipe, generates a control signal for actuating at least one of the cooking elements and sends said control signal to the power controller; and for each manual or user step of said recipe, generates data representing user readable instructions for performing the user step and displays said data on the visual display unit. The power controller is adapted to actuate the cooking elements in accordance with each control signal received from the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Icookit Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Domenic Bordin
  • Publication number: 20140161946
    Abstract: A process for preparing and baking bakery products is described, comprising the steps of: a) providing an apparatus (1) for the completely automated processing and subsequent baking of a preparation (100) of base ingredients for bakery products, comprising a chamber (60) for preparing and baking the preparation, mixing means (15) operating within the above-mentioned chamber, heating means (30) of the chamber and control means (40), this apparatus also comprising means for delivering a liquid (80) into the preparation and baking chamber, and reading means (102) directly associated to the apparatus; b) acquiring a plurality of preparation parameters stored on a support (101) associated with the preparation by means of reading means (102); c) transmitting these preparation parameters to control means (40); d) putting the ingredients of the preparation (100) into the preparation and baking chamber (60); e) operating, through control means (40), liquid delivery means (80) in order to introduce a quantity of liquid
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Barilla G.e.R. Fratelli S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Torricelli, Marco Giovanetti, Giancarlo Riboldi
  • Patent number: 8734877
    Abstract: A method relates to adjusting a parameter of a process to be executed in a cooking appliance. The parameter has a range of values. The method includes displaying a set of pictorial depictions on a display. Each pictorial depiction represents one of the values in the range. A manual selection from among the pictorial depictions is input. The process is executed in accordance with the value represented by the manually selected pictorial depiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Rational AG
    Inventors: Regina Hömme, Michael Greiner, Judith Kling
  • Publication number: 20140120220
    Abstract: An improved spiral oven and method for its use includes the step of using a forward/reversing fan to produce a first airflow and a second inverted airflow in the cooking chamber. The proportion of time each airflow occurs may be unbalanced within an oven residence time or cook cycle, and either airflow may begin the cycle. In addition, the fan velocity may vary so that the speed of the first airflow is different from the speed of the second airflow. A braking resistor allows the fan to quickly changeover between full-forward and full-reverse directions, while a programmable delay limits adjustments to the heat output control method until temperature variations caused by alternating between the first direction of rotation and the second direction of rotation have stabilized. Because of the reversing airflow pattern, the product cooks more evenly across the cook belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: UNITHERM FOOD SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: UNITHERM FOOD SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8679561
    Abstract: A coffee bean roasting machine of the type having a cyclone separator heating chamber and a coffee bean roasting chamber in a recirculating process stream driven by a recirculation fan is operated to air cool the roasted coffee beans in the roasting chamber, to a temperature beneath which the beans give off smoke, while at the same time incinerating smoke removed from the roasting chamber. A purge gate in ducting between the cyclone separator and the roasting chamber is opened to allow the flow of ambient air into and through the roasting chamber while blocking flow out of the cyclone separator, so that ambient air is directed through the roasting chamber. The smoke and any airborne particulate material from the roasting chamber are carried into the heating chamber and through the incineration tube, where they are incinerated. Preferably the system and process are operated automatically by a computer and programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Loring Smart Roast, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8652553
    Abstract: A method, device, and knife system for producing purëed, cooked foodstuffs from piece-form raw material. The method includes pre-chopping of the piece-form raw material in a pre-chopping unit, cooking of the pre-chopped raw material in a cooking plant, and final processing of the cooked product in a final-processing unit. Before cooking, the piece-form raw material is cut into small pieces by the pre-chopping unit such that a pumpable mass is produced from the piece-form raw material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Stephan Machinery GmbH
    Inventors: Dorothee Kloepping, Gerhard Brockmann, Henry Rose
  • Publication number: 20140044841
    Abstract: A method for controlling a cooking process of food stuff includes: a) detecting at least one physical property such as electrical impedance (Z) and/or a temperature (T) at a check point of the food stuff, b) deriving food type information about the type of food of the food stuff and/or food age information about the age of the food stuff, c) deriving a bacterial information (e.g. F or F<F0) about the bacterial concentration (or reduction thereof) in the food stuff, d) using the food type information of the food stuff and/or the food age information of the food stuff in said step of deriving the bacterial information (e.g. F or F<F0), e) providing said bacterial information (e.g. F or F<F0) to an information output unit for adapting the cooking time and/or temperature dependent on this bacterial information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: ELEKTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Christoph Luckhardt, Florian Ruther
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140030395
    Abstract: A rigid, foraminous, ball-shaped container for housing products treated in a product-tumbling apparatus. The container allows selected products to be segregated from a mass flow of products and can protect a sensor mounted in the container from damage that can be caused by the tumbling action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph F. Kovacs, Brent A. Ledet, Christopher G. Greve
  • Publication number: 20140030396
    Abstract: Apparatus for cutting products, comprising: a base; a cutting head with at least one cutting element along the circumference of the cutting head for cutting products fed into the cutting head, the cutting head being rotatably fitted to the base; an impeller adapted for rotating concentrically within the cutting head to urge products fed into the cutting head towards the circumference of the cutting head by means of centrifugal force; a first drive mechanism for driving the rotation of the impeller at a first rotational speed setting the centrifugal force; and a second drive mechanism for driving the rotation of the cutting head at a second rotational speed, determined such with respect to the first rotational speed that the product is cut by the at least one cutting element at a predetermined cutting velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Brent L. Bucks
  • Publication number: 20130344207
    Abstract: A coffee bean roasting machine of the type having a cyclone separator heating chamber and a coffee bean roasting chamber in a recirculating process stream driven by a recirculation fan is operated to air cool the roasted coffee beans in the roasting chamber, to a temperature beneath which the beans give off smoke, while at the same time incinerating smoke removed from the roasting chamber. A purge gate in ducting between the cyclone separator and the roasting chamber is opened to allow the flow of ambient air into and through the roasting chamber while blocking flow out of the cyclone separator, so that ambient air is directed through the roasting chamber. The smoke and any airborne particulate material from the roasting chamber are carried into the heating chamber and through the incineration tube, where they are incinerated. Preferably the system and process are operated automatically by a computer and programming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Mark L. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8609168
    Abstract: The invention relates to a food cooking control method and device. The method includes the following steps in which: at least one temperature detection device is inserted into a food; a final equilibrium temperature is defined; the detection device is positioned inside the food in a pre-determined detection zone so that a temperature (TC) can be obtained at all times during cooking; the TC temperature data obtained are processed using the detection device; the temperature of the surface through which the food receives heat (TP) is determined and processed and the variation in temperature TC is evaluated at least to the first derivative. The device includes a detection device intended to be inserted into the food, a device for determining the thickness of the food and a device for inserting the detection device into the food to a pre-determined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Point Just, S.L.
    Inventors: Joan Ceravalls Pujol, Jose Bosch I Estrada, Jose Maria Gomez Cama, Francisco Miguel Tarzan Lorente, Antonio Pardo Martinez
  • Patent number: 8603558
    Abstract: The waste food recycling machine includes an elongate, vertical housing divided into three stages. In the first stage, waste food is collected and sanitized by steam. After sanitation, the sanitized waste food passes into the second stage where the sanitized waste food is cut into smaller portions and dried. In the third stage, the dried waste food is cooled and mixed. An optional supplement infuser is provided to add additional nutrients. The final mixture is then packaged and further processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Jarrah Ali Abdullah Ali Jaddan Almutairi
  • Publication number: 20130302483
    Abstract: Disclosed are cooking devices having inspection systems including: a distance sensor and a digital optical recognition device. The distance sensor detects the position of the food product placed in the cooking device and the digital optical recognition device captures a series of images for the purpose of food product recognition. Once the food product is recognized, the operator is provided with the correct cooking cycle/program for the position and type of food product placed in the cooking device. The inspection systems also ensure that the food product has been properly cooked at the end of the cooking cycle/program. The inspection systems ensure: (1) the food product is correctly recognized; (2) the cooking cycle/program is correctly selected; (3) the correct cooking cycle/program is followed to completion and (4) the quality of the cooked food product meets expected standards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Convotherm Elektrogeraete GMBH
    Inventor: Lutz Riefenstein
  • Publication number: 20130295245
    Abstract: A detector configured to indirectly monitor a level of liquid within a container is provided. The detector includes a temperature sensor and a heat producing element proximate to the temperature sensor. A shell is disposed around the temperature sensor and heat producing element, the shell is configured to be disposed within a container and to provide a barrier between liquid disposed within the container and each of the temperature sensor and heat producing element. The heat producing element is configured to transfer heat generated therein to the shell, and the sensor is configured to measure a surface temperature of the heat producing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: John P. Gardner, Steven J. Savage
  • Patent number: 8574649
    Abstract: A stove and a method for preventing a cooked material from being burnt dry are provided. The stove includes a stove body for heating the cooked material, a weighing unit for generating a weighing signal of the cooked material, a monitoring unit for judging whether the user is managing the cooked material, and a computing unit. The weighing signal is changed with time. A plurality of weighing signal change amounts respectively generated within a plurality of time intervals are calculate by the computing unit. According to the weighing signal change amounts, the heat source of the stove body is adjusted. Consequently, the function of preventing the cooked material from being burnt dry will be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Yu-Chien Lin
  • Patent number: 8568810
    Abstract: The self-making bread method includes: weighing a certain amount of ingredients according to a bread recipe and placing them in a bread ingredient box; putting the bread ingredient box into the corresponding containing region of the top portion of the bread machine; using the jagged ring of the bottom portion of said containing region to open the thin film of the bottom portion of the bread ingredient box, so the ingredients will fall into the mixing container in the bread machine; controlling the water delivering mechanism inside the bread machine to deliver a certain amount of water into said mixing container; starting the mixing device inside the bread machine, which mixes the ingredients into an appropriate dough; turning off the mixing device; energizing the electric heating tube in the bread machine, to bake the dough inside the mixing container into bread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhanghou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih Ming Wen, Shangqian Gao
  • Publication number: 20130280386
    Abstract: Popcorn machines having communication capabilities are disclosed herein. Popcorn machines configured in accordance with the disclosure can include communication devices or components that provide remote notification of the status of operations of the machine and/or the indication of particular parameters. Several popcorn machines can be controlled remotely by mobile devices, personal computers, and/or other suitable devices. In some embodiments, notification that a popcorn machine requires maintenance or repair can be sent to a remote location and a user can be provided options to order parts or schedule repairs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: C. CRETORS & COMPANY
    Inventor: Andrew Cretors