Material Treated Is Meat Patents (Class 426/246)
  • Patent number: 9883682
    Abstract: Radio frequency (RF) energy is used to quickly heat the yolk portion of a shell egg. An anode and corresponding cathode are applied to each individual egg. As the egg is selectively and systematically rotated, RF energy and a stream of cooling fluid (preferably water) are simultaneously applied to the egg. This initiates pasteurization of the egg yolk while maintaining a low temperature in the heat-sensitive albumen (egg white) thus preventing denaturation of the albumen. Immediately after the RF yolk heating process, the egg is placed in a hot water bath designed to rapidly pasteurize the albumen as well as to minimize heat loss from the yolk and pasteurize any portion of the yolk that is not already pasteurized through the RF yolk heating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: The United States of America, as represented by The Secretary of Agriculture, Trustees of Princeton
    Inventors: David J. Geveke, Andrew B. W. Bigley, Christopher D. Brunkhorst
  • Patent number: 8940345
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for treating food products, such as any species of meat (beef, pork or lamb) and ground beef, being transported in a fluid, such as carbonic acid liquid carbon dioxide, at a pressure sufficient to maintain the carbon dioxide as a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: SafeFresh Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. M. Garwood
  • Publication number: 20140363547
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for cutting pork to create a meat cut that mimics a pork chop meat. The method involves removing the bone and meat from the pork leg. The method then includes sealing the pork chop within a hermetic enclosure and chilling the enclosed pork chop to a temperature in the range of 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting meat cut includes, bones or no bones pork chops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Edgardo Torrens-Figueroa
  • Patent number: 8486469
    Abstract: A low-calorie nutrition energy food bar with high fiber and reduced sugar alcohol contents, which have excellent flavor and multi-texture properties, is provided. The food bar has less than 110 Cal/28 g serving, and includes a core component comprising, as a unitary matrix, protein crisps, caramel, water-soluble dietary fiber, and a binder system; a caramel component; and the core component and caramel components are enrobed with a compound coating layer. The low-calorie food bar has a high protein core component and a caramel component formulated with high water-soluble dietary fiber content which is cohesive, crunchy yet soft/moist enough to be chewable, and flavorful throughout the product's shelf life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Intercontinental Great Brands LLC
    Inventors: Edward C. Coleman, Abigail Schmid, Michael Miklus
  • Patent number: 8455069
    Abstract: A novel dense PTFE article in the form of a surface for a food preparation device is described in one embodiment, the surface being fabricated from a sheet of PTFE with a thermal resistance of 1.3° C. in2/W or less and having desirable tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay A. Patel, John M. Squeri
  • Patent number: 8404291
    Abstract: A method for using a novel dense PTFE article in the form of a surface for a food preparation device is described in one embodiment, the surface being fabricated from a sheet of PTFE with a thermal resistance of 1.3° C. in2/W or less and having desirable tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay A. Patel, John M. Squeri
  • Publication number: 20120244262
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming pressed food products can utilize up to 98% chicken breast meat in high profit margin products. Breast meat is marinated and then extruded into a slab which is then frozen and shaped into a plank. The plank is sliced into unit portions which are then pressed into shaped portions with a preferred, or other, press. One preferred press linearly reciprocates unit portions into the press. This or another preferred press imparts three dimension exterior shape to the pressed food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: James E. Mauer, Benedict DiGerlando
  • Patent number: 8182858
    Abstract: A composition for improving the flavor and juiciness of marinated meats and inhibiting growth of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms and a process for making the composition are described. Lemon juice and vinegar are neutralized, concentrated and blended with non-neutralized lemon juice and non-neutralized vinegar in appropriate proportions to achieve the desired water binding and antimicrobial effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Triad Resource Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mo Mui Toledo
  • Patent number: 7682641
    Abstract: The invention can be summarized as follows. There is provided a method for preserving the quality of a perishable product comprising the step of treating the product with one or more near-infrared lights, wherein preferably at least one near-infrared light is a near-infrared laser (or laser diode). The perishable product may be simultaneously treated with a magnetic field. The invention also pertains to an apparatus that may be used to preserve the quality of a perishable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: 6231934 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Vasilenko
  • Patent number: 7645472
    Abstract: A return liquid containing particles resulting from treating food is treated to reduce the size of the particles and recycled for further food treatment. Embodiments include injecting a solution into a body of meat, recovering a return solution containing particulate material resulting from injecting the body of meat, optionally reducing the temperature of the return solution, mechanically reducing the particle size of the particulate material in the return solution to form a reduced return solution, conveying the reduced return solution to a holding tank and recycling the reduced return solution for injection into a body of meat. Embodiments also include a system for recycling a food treating liquid including a mechanical milling device, an optional chilling device, and a holding tank including first, second and third sections, a first weir separating the first and second sections, and a second weir separating the second and third sections, wherein the second weir extends higher than the first weir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Wolf-Tec, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathew Edward Walker, Ralf Ludwig, Paul Lawrence Wilson
  • Patent number: 7244459
    Abstract: A system for treating meat by the application of a shock wave to the meat while the meat is in contact with a diaphragm which is substantially transparent to the shockwave, confines the meat within a tunnel. In addition, the diaphragm and shock wave generating chamber are preferably disposed above the meat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Hydrodyne Incorporated
    Inventors: John Long, Peter Thomsen, Don Waits
  • Patent number: 6426104
    Abstract: A bacon trimmer for trimming cooked bacon slices into substantially uniform lengths comprises: a housing, a transfer comb mounted on the housing, a device mounted on said housing for transferring the cooked bacon slices from a continuous conveyor belt carrying the cooked bacon slices from a cooking device to a first end of said transfer comb, a device for moving the cooked bacon slices across the transfer comb to a second end of the transfer comb and feeding the cooked bacon slices to the same continuous conveyor belt adjacent the second end of said transfer comb, a cutter associated with the housing for trimming the bacon slices into substantially uniform lengths as they are transferred across the transfer comb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Patrick Cudahy
    Inventor: Michael Leitinger
  • Patent number: 6326039
    Abstract: In a method for the manufacture of frankfurters, hot dogs and other skinless sausage products, a meat emulsion is extruded onto a flexible conveyor belt which is then conveyed through a tube whose internal diameter is equal to the desired diameter of the sausage product plus twice the thickness of the conveyor belt. In a camming type process, the conveyor belt is caused, upon its entry into the tube, to temporarily form a cylinder containing the meat emulsion. The temporary belt cylinder together with the surrounded meat emulsion extrudate is then conveyed through an ultrasonic waveform generator to cook an outer layer of the meat emulsion. The outer layer may be part of the meat emulsion or a thermoset gelling material deposited on the extruded meat emulsion. At the exit end of the tube, the conveyor belt naturally opens under internal stresses from its cylindrical shape to a flattened belt. The at least partially cooked sausage is then removed from the belt for further processing or packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Misonix Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert F. Schiffmann, Ronald Manna
  • Patent number: 6322832
    Abstract: In a method for the manufacture of frankfurters, hot dogs and other skinless sausage products, a meat emulsion is extruded onto a flexible conveyor belt which is then conveyed through an at least partially microwave-transparent tube whose internal diameter is equal to the desired diameter of the sausage product plus twice the thickness of the conveyor belt. In a camming type process, the conveyor belt is caused, upon its entry into the tube, to temporarily form a cylinder containing the meat emulsion. The temporary belt cylinder together with the surrounded meat emulsion extrudate is then conveyed through a microwave applicator to partially or thoroughly cook the meat emulsion. At the exit end of the tube, the conveyor belt naturally opens under internal stresses from its cylindrical shape to a flattened belt. The at least partially cooked sausage is then removed from the belt for further processing or packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Misonix Incorporated
    Inventor: Robert F. Schiffmann
  • Patent number: 6261625
    Abstract: A microwave cookable or reheatable food material including a substrate foodstuff impregnated with a stabilizer composition adapted to increase in viscosity when irradiated in a microwave oven, and a method of stabilising a microwave cookable or reheatable food material including the step of impregnating the product with the stabilizer composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Novus Foods Ltd
    Inventor: Keith Pickford
  • Patent number: 6054154
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for applying a powder blend to a whole meat muscle product and the product so produced. A cooked, whole meat muscle product is placed on an electrically grounded support in a coating chamber to expose a surface of the whole meat muscle product to be coated. A powder blend containing a food grade powder, that is at least partially cold water soluble, and a powdered moisture absorbent agent is then introduced into the coating chamber and an electrostatic charge applied to the powder blend to cause the powder blend to be attracted to and form a coating on the exposed surface to the whole meat muscle product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Swift-Eckrich, Inc.
    Inventor: Pie-Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 5958487
    Abstract: Process for producing a meat product, such as an animal food, particularly for domestic pets or the like, comprising substantially lumpy meat material on the one hand and a substantially liquid gravy on the other and which is filled into a container, such as a shell pack, tin can, etc., in which the meat raw material is cut up in frozen form to meat lumps, together with the gravy is filled into a base of the container and finally with the container base is connected in a substantially liquid and gas-tight manner a container top and in which a sterilization process takes place, characterized in that both the meat material, comprising the meat lumps, optionally accompanied by the addition of prefabricated moulded pieces with a meat or vegetable base, and the sauce or gravy, the latter in granule form, are compression moulded to a shaped article in frozen, solid, quasi-dry state and as such introduced into the base, as well as meat product produced by this process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Effem GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Emberger, Yvonne Siegmund, Jurgen Luttmann, Roland Stein, Gebhard Kregel, Peter Kalisch, Meinhard Protz, Theo Langen
  • Patent number: 5783242
    Abstract: A method of treating poultry carcasses to reduce the population of contaminating organisms in preparation for consumption includes treating the poultry carcasses with a disinfectant. Suitable disinfectants include ozone and ozone disssolved in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: MBA Consultant, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred B. Teague
  • Patent number: 4960599
    Abstract: A process for injecting a cold particle suspension consisting of trim from like meat and a brine solution into relatively warm, raw meat muscle thereby increasing the weight of said untreated meat with no flavor loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignee: Cozzini, Inc.
    Inventors: Ivo Cozzini, Matthew Walker
  • Patent number: 4372981
    Abstract: A method of smoking meat or other food products wherein a high voltage electric field is utilized to cause particles of smoke to be drawn to the food product being smoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Inventor: Leon D. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 4371554
    Abstract: A reusable tubular casing is made of porous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane for the production of caseless (skinless) parboil or raw sausages. The membrane has a microstructure comprising PTFE nodes connected by PTFE fibrils with a porosity of about 70-80%, a Gurley No. less than about 28 seconds, a Bubble Point Pressure greater than about 13, and a Water Entry Pressure greater than about 40 psig. The casing is contacted on at least a part of its circumferential area by a porous support such as a cylindrical lattice. A new process for production of parboil or raw sausage involves heating the sausage in casing formed by a reusable non-adherent, vapor permeable membrane to drive off moisture and other volatile materials, and removing the sausage from the casing. The sausage can subsequently be smoked and the casing reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Ashland Food Technology Holdings S.A.
    Inventor: Heinz Becker
  • Patent number: 4353929
    Abstract: Cooking apparatus and method for preparing meats to suit individual tastes of different consumers. The meat is subjected to electric current heating to cook the meat and to radiant broiling to char its surface. The cooking current passing through the meat is regulated in response to a comparison of an input corresponding to the desired degree of cooking and an indication of the interior temperature of the meat as it is being cooked. The apparatus and method are particularly suited to handle effectively a variety of individual orders at substantially the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: Three Rivers Development Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Flavan, Jr., Merrill M. E. Jenkins, Sr., James S. White, James E. Pate
  • Patent number: 4343821
    Abstract: A meat product having reduced shrinkage upon cooking is prepared by treating meat with an aqueous solution of an edible chloride salt present at at least about 0.2 molal. The solution is first electrolyzed by passage of a direct current through it to prepare an electrolyzed moisturizing solution having moisturizing activity. The electrolyzed moisturizing solution is cooled to a temperature of no higher than about 30.degree. F., while maintaining its moisturizing activity, to form an electrolyzed moisturizing composition. While maintaining moisturizing activity, the electrolyzed moisturizing composition and meat are thereafter combined and maintained in contact until moisturized meat is formed, and the moisturized meat is then recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Inventor: Peter W. Rose
  • Patent number: 4343822
    Abstract: A cooked meat product having reduced shrinkage after refrigeration is prepared by treating hot meat with an aqueous solution of an edible chloride salt present at at least about 0.5 weight percent. The solution is first electrolyzed by passage of a direct current through it to prepare an electrolyzed moisturizing solution having moisturizing activity. The electrolyzed moisturizing solution is cooled to a temperature of no higher than about 30.degree. F., while maintaining its moisturizing activity, to form an electrolyzed moisturizing composition. The electrolyzed moisturizing composition and hot meat are thereafter combined and maintained in contact until the external meat temperature is lowered to about 70.degree.-110.degree. F. to form externally cooled meat which is refrigerated and then recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Inventor: Peter W. Rose
  • Patent number: 4340994
    Abstract: A coextrusion apparatus and method for producing simulated cuts of meat from fat and lean meat is improved by providing in the apparatus, means for the controlled heating of parts of the discharge structure leading from the coextrusion die or of the die structure or of both structures to a temperature during the extrusion procedure substantially no greater than will melt fat interfaced with such structure. The preferred heating means is a water jacket supplied with hot water of suitable temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Beehive Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Claudio dos Santos, Archie R. McFarland
  • Patent number: 4276313
    Abstract: Meat having minimal shrinkage upon cooking is prepared by treating meat with an aqueous solution of an edible chloride salt present at at least about 0.2 molal. The solution is first electrolyzed by passage of a direct current through said solution until at least 25 coulombs per liter of solution have passed therethrough. The meat and electrolyzed solution are then combined and maintained in contact until moisturized meat is formed, and the moisturized meat then recovered. The minimally shrinkage meat food product and an apparatus for its production are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Inventor: Peter W. Rose
  • Patent number: 4264631
    Abstract: A process for preparing ground meat by providing a supply of meat chunks, and an aqueous solution of sodium chloride; passing a direct electric current through the solution until the resulting solution pH is raised to at least 8.5; combining, admixing and agitating the meat chunks and resulting solution while the resulting solution pH is at least about 8.5 and until the resulting solution is sorbed by said meat chunks; and then grinding said meat chunks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1981
    Inventor: Peter W. Rose
  • Patent number: 4264632
    Abstract: A process for preparing ground meat by providing a supply of meat chunks, and an aqueous solution of an edible chloride salt; passing a direct electric current through the solution until the resulting solution pH is raised to at least about 8; combining, admixing and agitating the meat chunks and resulting solution while the resulting solution pH is at least about 8 and until the resulting solution is sorbed by said meat chunks; and then grinding said meat chunks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1981
    Inventor: Peter W. Rose
  • Patent number: 4196221
    Abstract: A method and equipment for processing food products by spraying with water in an electrical field are provided. The method and equipment are especially suitable for scalding and/or chilling of poultry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Inventor: Denise R. Dew
  • Patent number: 4054672
    Abstract: Frozen foodstuffs are defrosted under an atmospheric pressure between about 2 atm. and 5 atm. using a liquid or gaseous environment at a defrosting temperature, thereby retaining the cellular structure, texture and appearance of the foodstuffs during defrosting. When the liquid is water, the foodstuffs may be maintained under pressure by immersing them to a depth in excess of 10m, while the medium is preferably a non-oxidizing gas or a gas capable of excluding atmospheric oxygen, preferably carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium or argon. The defrosting temperature is preferably provided by internal heating of the foodstuffs, e.g. by high frequency dielectric heating, inductive heating or resistive heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1972
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Assignee: Inoue-Japax Research (IJR) Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Inoue, Yoshinori Shima
  • Patent number: 4018906
    Abstract: The instant process describes a process for production of a protein food product by placing an aqueous proteinaceous slurry in a magnetic field and freezing the slurry to align the ice crystal layers generally in a manner which corresponds to the lines of force around the magnetic poles of the magnet. The ice crystal layers formed in this manner mold the protein layers in corresponding fashion and produce a protein structure upon heat setting which is highly simulative of a number of desirable food products. Alignment of the ice crystal layers of the magnetic field is remarkably uniform and consistently reproducible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1977
    Assignee: Ralston Purina Company
    Inventor: James John Ostendorf
  • Patent number: 4008754
    Abstract: Organs or parts of organs are conserved by being rinsed with an inert gas or mixture until they are free of water and blood. Their vascular systems are filled at slight excess pressure of an inert gas or gas mixture, and finally the organs or parts are cooled at excess pressure in an inert gas atmosphere to a temperature below -100.degree. C and are stored at this temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1977
    Assignee: Messer Griesheim GmbH
    Inventors: Jurgen Kraushaar, Rolf Voss