Farinaceous Cereal Dough Or Batter Product, E.g., Doughnut, Etc. Patents (Class 426/439)
  • Patent number: 9420810
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing edible food articles having three dimensional shapes from raw ingredients such as moist dough involve shaping preforms in an upside-down orientation over inverted cup-shaped molds. Shaping of the preforms is assisted by gravitational forces and directional forced airflow into relatively complicated three dimensional shapes with simplified equipment and manufacturing steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Shearer's Foods, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Bender, Michael K. Vickery, Michael D. Trowbridge, Jeffrey H. Martin, Woodrow R. Guinnip
  • Publication number: 20150030743
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an edible article, namely a fried product such as popcorn infused with various flavorings, and more particularly, to methods of making fried products infused with various flavorings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Anders
  • Publication number: 20140272064
    Abstract: The invention is an improved process and system for producing a shaped snack chip. A shaping oven, which uses a chain edge conveyor having transverse slats with at least one spring affixed to the slats, is used to convert dough pieces into shaped pre-forms, which can optionally be further dehydrated to form shaped snack chips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Allen JOHNSON, Scott Alan RICHEY, Richard James RUEGG, Sidharth SAMBASHIVAN, Rogers WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20140106049
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes high protein snack chips comprising meat, seafood and/or poultry powder that adds animal-sourced protein and/or flavors without entraining problematic moisture in precursor dough used to make the chips. The present disclosure also encompasses methods for producing high protein snack chips comprising the steps of making dough comprising meat, seafood and/or poultry powder along with various dry, wet and, optionally, fat ingredients, sheeting the dough, optionally baking the sheeted dough, cutting the uncooked or baked sheeted dough into pieces, and baking and/or frying the pieces to produce tasty, reduced fat, crispy, crunchy snack chips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Meat Chips, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel T. Fillmore
  • Publication number: 20140093624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of making a controlled-break tostada or taco and the actual controlled-break tostada or taco. The method of making a controlled-break tostada comprises sheeting tostada dough onto a flat surface in a machine, directing the tostada dough on the flat surface in the machine to a cutting device, cutting break-points throughout surface of the tostada dough with the cutting device, and heating the tostada dough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Guillermo Trevino
  • Publication number: 20130295255
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and method for preparing dough-based products are disclosed. One disclosed system for preparing dough-based products comprises a fryer comprising a bottom and at least one sidewall, a proofer comprising a proofing chamber with a top, bottom, and at least one sidewall, and a conveying mechanism configured to transport the dough-based products from the proofing chamber to the fryer, wherein the top of the proofing chamber is located below the bottom of the fryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: HDN Development Corporation
    Inventors: Mansour Tavangaran, Guy M. Spivey, Ernest V. Thompson, JR., Richard Cavanaugh
  • Publication number: 20130224363
    Abstract: A tool and method allow cooking a tortilla in a generally flat state, in a shallow amount of oil. A central strip is held out of the oil and isn't fried. Side strips to the central strip are less fried. This produces a taco shell that is flexible at the bottom, allowing a living hinge, while crispy in its main portions. A raising bar and left and right hold-downs comprise described tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Glen Alan Kent
  • Publication number: 20130142932
    Abstract: To reduce the glycemic load in the daily nutrition of diabetics, obese and for weight-reducing diets, this invention claims cooking or baking processes and other procedures for food—rich in carbohydrates—in which the structure of the raw complex carbohydrates is mostly preserved and/or short saccharides are encapsulated. This objective is attained by reducing the magnitude of the complex carbohydrate fractioning by the undesired effect of adiabatic heating during grain grinding, or during conventional cooking and also through the encapsulation of already processed monosaccharide's, disaccharides or broken carbohydrate chains in capsules within denaturalized protein matrixes, in order to make their digestion deeper and longer. These processes and procedures allow the ingestion of less restricted portions of food, very similar to the conventional ones while due to their prolonged digestion, naturally limiting the immediate production of glucose (Glycemic Index).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: JORGE LUIS ZAPP GLAUSER
  • Patent number: 8434404
    Abstract: A sheeter includes an internally grooveless front roller, a rear roller configured to rotate counter to the front roller, a partially spiraled stripper wire coupled across the front roller, and a conveyer belt connected to a proximal conveyer roller and a distal conveyer roller. The conveyer belt includes a landing zone configured to prevent damage to a received product. The conveyer belt includes a raised portion adjacent to the proximal end and flat portion towards the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Casa Herrera, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Herrera
  • Publication number: 20130108766
    Abstract: A grit chip 10 is made from a hominy flour 6 in combination with quick grits 7. The chip 10 is formed flat into thin sheets either rolled or pressed, cut into small rectangular shapes of a width of ¾ inches or greater and a length at least 3 times the width, preferably 4 or more times the width and then either deep fried after being cut in preferably peanut oil, drained and lightly salted and packaged or instead the cut rectangular chips can be flash frozen and packaged to be fried at the restaurant or home. The grit chip 10 when fried achieves a golden rather smooth textured surface 11 with edges 20, 21, 22 and 23 that are curled causing the rectangular shape to achieve a subtle three dimensional appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Nancy Ann Taylor, Alana Diane Taylor
  • Patent number: 8414945
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wet grinding method for producing sterol formulations having good wettability. According to said method, a) an additive selected from the group consisting of proteins, proteinaceous adjuvants, carbohydrates, cellulose derivatives, sugar alcohols, fruit concentrates and vegetable concentrates is dissolved or dispersed in water or in an aqueous suspension medium, b) sterol and/or stanol particles having a median particle size of at least 1 mm are added to this solution/dispersion, c) the dispersion thus obtained is homogenized and size-reduced in a mill that works according to the rotor/stator principle, and d) is then optionally dried, with the proviso that the sterol and/or stanol particles are present in the final formulation with a particle size distribution of D90% of not more than 50 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Cognis IP Management GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Horlacher, Dieter Hietsch, Jorg Schwarzer, Bernd Jenzer
  • Publication number: 20130078345
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing edible food articles having three dimensional shapes from raw ingredients such as moist dough involve shaping preforms in an upside-down orientation over inverted cup-shaped molds. Shaping of the preforms is assisted by gravitational forces and directional forced airflow into relatively complicated three dimensional shapes with simplified equipment and manufacturing steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Timothy J. Bender, Michael K. Vickery, Michael D. Trowbridge, Jeffrey H. Martin, Woodrow R. Guinnip
  • Publication number: 20130045303
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the manufacturing and preparation of frozen dough, and its application in microwaveable fried food. The preparation of fried fritters comprises the following steps: disposal of raw materials, dough kneading, dough proofing for the first time, dough folding, dough proofing for the second time, making blanks, frying and quick-freezing. Alum as the acidic component in leavening agents is replaced by a complex formulation of gluconic acid-?-lactone, glycerol monolaurate and calcium dihydrogen phosphate, thus reducing the toxicity of the dough. The fried fritters preparing by the dough of the present invention possess a good expansion rate, crispness and taste, and should satisfy consumer demands for quality food products that can be reheated by microwaving. The process outlined here can make the manufacturing of traditional fried fritters simpler and more convenient so should be easy to develop commercially and should generate solid economic benefits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Wei Chen, Daming Fan, Hao Zhang, Jianxin Zhao, Fengwei Tian
  • Patent number: 8377493
    Abstract: A method for making a cooked rolled snack food from a starch based dough. The starch based dough is admixed with a small average particle size monoglyceride. The dough is then rolled and cooked in hot oil. The fatty acid chain is disposed within the helical amylose molecules in the starch-based dough and provides structural support within the helix. This support helps control inward expansion of the rolled dough snack during frying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas George Crosby, Geoffrey Thomas Ley, V. N. Mohan Rao, Dianne Renee Ripberger
  • Publication number: 20130040017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to edible batter compositions which reduce fat uptake by absorption during cooking whilst maintaining characteristics of taste and texture, and to precursor compositions, methods of preparing food products and food products comprising the batter compositions of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: David White, Peter Luker
  • Publication number: 20120251674
    Abstract: It is intended to provide: a wrapped food to be fried that allows a wrapped fried food to effectively maintain its oil cooking-derived crunchy texture based on the layered structure of wrappers wrapped around an ingredient; a wrapped fried food obtained by cooking the same with oil; and methods for producing these foods. The wrapped fried food of the present invention has an ingredient and a wrapper portion wrapped around the ingredient. At least a portion of this wrapper portion is formed as a layered structure consisting of 10 or more wrapper layers in a rolled-up state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: MARUHA NICHIRO FOODS, INC.
    Inventors: Tomohiko INO, Manami FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20120219669
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of preparing a ready-to-eat farinaceous food product, said method comprising the successive steps of: a) preparing a farinaceous dough by mixing flour, water and optionally one or more other bakery ingredients; b) dividing the dough into one or more dough portions; c) shaping the one or more dough portions into one or more shaped dough pieces; d) proving the dough pieces; e) contacting 30-60% of the total surface area of the one or more shaped dough pieces with hot oil during a period of at least 10 seconds to produce one or more partially fried dough pieces comprising a fried surface area and a non-fried surface area; and f) baking said one or more partially fried dough pieces to produce one or more baked dough pieces; where in a layer of edible material is applied to 40-70% of the surface area of the shaped dough pieces, the partially fried dough pieces or the baked dough pieces and wherein the surface area of the final ready-to-eat product that is not covered by the layer of
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Kerstin Schmidt, Stephen John Clarke, Pieter Moret
  • Patent number: 8221810
    Abstract: Icing coated shelf stable high fiber toaster pastry product or packaged consumer food articles are provided as well as their methods of preparation comprising high levels of a soluble fiber ingredient partitioned between the shell, filling and the icing. The present articles comprise an homogeneous baked chemically leavened soluble fiber fortified pastry dough planar shell forming an interior. The fiber fortified dough includes whole grain wheat flour; salt, chemical leavening, shortening, and ?1-15% added solid powdered polydextrose and in amounts sufficient to provide a total fiber content of the dough of at least 5%. At least a portion of the chemical leavening is provided by ammonium carbonate and in amounts sufficient to provide the dough with a specific baked volume of 1.5 cc/g or greater. The filling includes a liquid soluble fiber ingredient such as polydextrose. The articles are equivalent to conventional toaster pastries in eating qualities notwithstanding their high levels of total fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Mills IP Holdings II, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Allen, Dean F. Funk, Terry T. Kirihara
  • Publication number: 20120177792
    Abstract: A method of preparing crepe fries as a portable snack food and the resulting food product are disclosed. The method includes preparing a crepe from a batter, cutting the crepe into strips and crisping the strips. The method provides crepe fries that are compartmentalized for portability, convenient, and that can have varied flavoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew Lee Chatham
  • Publication number: 20120148720
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stuffed pancake mix composition and a method for preparing a stuffed pancake using the same. The stuffed pancake mix composition according to the present invention does not require a fermentation process upon the preparation of the stuffed pancake. Thus, a stuffed pancake can be prepared more rapidly and conveniently, compared to the conventional stuffed pancake mix that requires a fermentation process. Further, the stuffed pancake maintains the doughiness, formability, and texture of the conventional fermented stuffed pancake, even though it is prepared in a shorter cooking time. Therefore, it can be used in the preparation of various foods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: CJ CHEILJEDANG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Young Jae Kim, Min Youl Lee, Keun Gu Jeung, Sun Seob Song, Chun So Lim
  • Patent number: 8148668
    Abstract: A continuous oil fryer used to fry food slices, such as potato chips, having an internal oil stripping capability. The fryer accumulates the steam produced by the frying process in a hood and utilizes such steam, after superheating the steam by passing it through a heat exchanger, to strip oil from product immediately upon removal from the hot oil bath by passing the superheated steam through a product bed while on an output conveyor. The superheated steam removes oil from the product on the output conveyor without increasing the moisture level of the product. The fryer therefore accomplishes the same function as a low-oil stripper without increasing the footprint of the frying unit and with less energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr., Donald Vaughn Neel, Jennifer Bell Raymond
  • Publication number: 20120021113
    Abstract: A rice flour composition comprising rice flour having a Water Absorption Index of from about 3.5 to about 9 and a Peak Viscosity of from about 130 RVU to about 900 RVU. Dry blends, doughs, processes of making, and fabricated chips made from the rice flour composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Maria Dolores Martinez-Serna Villagran, Yashwant Kumar, Consuelo Kong, David Joseph Bruno, JR., Anthony John Boiano
  • Publication number: 20120003376
    Abstract: An instant oil fried noodle comprising an amount of iron between 26 and 35 mg for 100 g of noodles, between 1 and 20% of oil, between 60 and 90% of flour, up to 2% of kansui ingredient and a water content between 2 and 12% is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Mohammad Shameem Alam
  • Publication number: 20110293794
    Abstract: Stackable, farinaceous based low-fat snack chips are produced from a thin chain link strip of dough blanks by baking the strip in an oven with the strip blanks supported and carried by a lower mold assembly. Alternatively, the strip may be partially baked and then fried with the strip blanks sandwiched between upper and lower molds to produce reduced fat stackable snack chips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Amory Twitty
  • Publication number: 20110250334
    Abstract: A process for preparing a comestible product from a root vegetable, masa or fruit by first subjecting the starting product to a heating phase to reduce moisture content to a range of 3% to about 12% and then treating the product to an inert, virtually oxygen free, fast moving atmosphere at about 115° C. until reaching a moisture content in the range of 0.5% to about 2.0% for a resulting acrylamide content of under 200 ppb and thereafter supplying the finishing treatments of the food product such as weighing and packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Andrew Anthony Caridis
  • Publication number: 20110236552
    Abstract: Method and assembly for making dough products built up from a batter, such as pancakes. In the method use is made of a conveyor including a heatable carrier on which the pancakes to be made are conveyed, and with a first food jet printer. The method comprises the steps of: applying a layer of cooking oil (or a comparable shortening) on the carrier, and the first food jet printer applying a quantity of pancake batter on the layer of cooking oil applied on the carrier, wherein the carrier is moved with respect to the food jet printer by the conveyor, and wherein the food jet printer dispenses a preset quantity of pancake batter per position on the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Jan VINK
  • Patent number: 8017166
    Abstract: Stackable, farinaceous based low-fat snack chips are produced from a thin chain link strip of dough blanks by baking the strip in an oven with the strip blanks supported and carried by a lower mold assembly. Alternatively, the strip may be partially baked and then fried with the strip blanks sandwiched between upper and lower molds to produce reduced fat stackable snack chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Amory Twitty
  • Patent number: 8012354
    Abstract: A process for purifying a lipid composition having predominantly neutral lipid components having at least one long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid is disclosed. The process employs contacting the lipid composition with a polar solvent, such as acetone, wherein the solvent is selected such that contaminants are less soluble in the solvent than is the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid. The process is typically conducted at cooler temperatures, including about 0° C. Upon precipitation of the contaminants from the lipid composition, a separation is conducted to remove the precipitated material from the lipid composition. The long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids can include ARA, DPA, EPA, and/or DHA. The process of the present invention effectively winterizes lipid compositions, thereby reducing the tendency of such compositions to become hazy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Martek Biosciences Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel G. Dueppen, Samuel G. Zeller, Sandra I. Diltz, Robert H. Driver
  • Patent number: 7901725
    Abstract: The present invention discloses novel methods of using Phleum spp. seeds, especially Timothy grass (P. pratense L.) seeds, for making gluten-free food products and the food products produced using such methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Montana State University
    Inventors: Duane L. Johnson, Bettie C. Stanislao, David C. Sands
  • Patent number: 7897191
    Abstract: A multi-grain chip having buckwheat hull inclusion of a specific particle size. The buckwheat hull component of the chip provides a visual indication of the multi-grain characteristics of the chip. The particle size of the buckwheat hulls is specified in order to compliment production of the chip on existing corn chip lines and to enhance product visual attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph William Kelly, Terry Moros, Vamshidhar Puppala, Paula A. Wege
  • Patent number: 7879380
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and articles of manufacture are provided for cooking. A shell, made of high temperature material is disclosed for use in a frying apparatus. Thus, conductive heating and so cooking occurs on the food contained within the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cybersoft, Inc.
    Inventors: Marie D. Radatti, Peter V. Radatti
  • Patent number: 7867533
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a method for making a healthy snack food having an appearance and taste similar to conventional fried snack products without the use of an oil-frying process. The method of the present invention includes the steps of providing food slices from a starch-based food or dough. The food slices can be blanched and a controlled amount of oil can be added to enhance final organoleptical properties. The food slices are then rapidly dehydrated to a much lower moisture content in a primary drying step that simulates conventional frying dehydration rates. A food snack, such as a corn or potato-based snack, produced by this method is a low-fat, ready-to-eat snack having the conventional texture and taste associated with fried snack products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Frito-Lay Trading Compnay GmbH
    Inventors: John Richard Bows, Colin Jeffrey Burnham, David Lester Hickie, Greg Paul Hilliard, Michelle Louise Lock, Brian Richard Newberry
  • Publication number: 20100124597
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for the preparation of reduced fat baked goods, in particular donuts and to the reduced fat products obtained therefrom. The process comprises frying the food product to begin cooking and subjecting the food product to a baking step to complete the cooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Edwin G. Atwell
  • Patent number: 7704537
    Abstract: Frozen taquitos are made on a commercial scale by preparing a flour-based tortilla dough, shaping that dough into generally circular tortillas, baking the tortillas, applying a strip of filling to each baked tortilla, rolling the baked tortilla around the filling to form a filled tortilla, coating the tortilla with batter, frying the batter-coated filled tortillas, and freezing them. To reconstitute, the frozen taquito can be heated in a microwave oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: H.J. Heinz Company
    Inventors: Andrea Alcantara Lopez, Lucy Alvarado, Troy Bonata, James Matthews, W. Richard Dyer, Mark Rogers, Viviano Del Villar
  • Patent number: 7625590
    Abstract: Snack products are cooled after stacking in a rigid container by blowing cooled, dry area into the containers. The process provides sufficient cooling to prevent implosion of the rigid containers under conditions of changing temperature and pressure yet requires much less space than conventional cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Adam Avis, Joseph Paul Sagel
  • Patent number: 7585531
    Abstract: A method for producing a rolled snack piece using an extruder having typically a plurality of orifices through which an extrudate exits the extruder. Each of these orifices is spiral shaped. When a desired length of extrudate stream or rope protrudes from an orifice, it is cut at its base, thus producing individual snack pieces that appear to have been rolled after being sheeted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joaquín Fernández Baumeister, Armando Sedano Hernández, Elizabeth Quintana Romero, Irene Cruz Leyva
  • Publication number: 20090068319
    Abstract: The present invention provides fried Chinese dumplings, such as fried jiao-zi, shao-mai, won-ton, and steamed bread, unfried Chinese dumplings, and methods for producing the same, wherein deterioration of the crispness of their browned skin is sufficiently inhibited after the dumplings are fried, even when a certain period of time is passed after frying, or even when the dumplings are stored in a frozen state. The unfried Chinese dumpling of the present invention has a crispness deterioration inhibitor provided on the external surface of the dough sheet for inhibiting deterioration with time of crispness of the dough sheet after the dumpling is fried. The inhibitor comprising grain powders and a starch hydrolysate (A-1) in powder form having a bulk density of not lower than 3.0 ml/g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Nichirei Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Kitagawa, Mariko Kitagawa
  • Publication number: 20080311257
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of cocoa butter as a replacement for dairy butter and oils in culinary preparations, in particular in the following applications: cooking, seasoning, preparation of emulsions and of doughs (tart dough, fritter dough and the like), preservation of foods, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Philippe Bertrand, Philippe Marand, Jerome Dubois
  • Patent number: 7438942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hard sugar coating method comprising a step in which a sugar coating syrup is applied, said syrup consisting of maltitol or isomalt and at least one binder, characterized in that all or part of the dry matter of said binder is substituted by a sorbitol syrup or power in order to reduce the fragility of said sugar-coated products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Roquette Freres
    Inventors: Dominique Ortiz De Zaratte, Guillaume Ribadeau-Dumas
  • Publication number: 20080199569
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for producing a rolled snack piece using an extruder having typically a plurality of orifices through which an extrudate exits the extruder. Each of these orifices is spiral shaped. When a desired length of extrudate stream or rope protrudes from an orifice, it is cut at its base, thus producing individual snack pieces that appear to have been rolled after being sheeted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Joaquin Fernandez BAUMEISTER, Armando Sedano HERNANDEZ, Elizabeth Quintana ROMERO, Irene Cruz Leyva
  • Publication number: 20080138485
    Abstract: A multi-grain chip having buckwheat hull inclusion of a specific particle size. The buckwheat hull component of the chip provides a visual indication of the multi-grain characteristics of the chip. The particle size of the buckwheat hulls is specified in order to compliment production of the chip on existing corn chip lines and to enhance product visual attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: JOSEPH WILLIAM KELLY, Terry Moros, Vamshidhar Puppala, Paula A. Wege
  • Patent number: 7037546
    Abstract: An improved method for maintaining a designed functional shape in fabricated, expanded snack products by utilizing discrete, solid lipid particles. These lipids must be solid at room temperature with a melting point above 100° F. such that they remain discrete and solid when mixed with the dough and are subsequently sheeted or extruded. During the toasting, frying, or baking step, the solid lipid particles melt and soften and disrupt the starch matrix, thus allowing steam to escape and preventing undesirable defects such as excessive blistering, pillowing, and other shape defects that prevent the intended functionality. The addition of solid lipid particles, however, prevents steam accumulation only in the localized area where a solid lipid particle exists. Thus, by changing the level of solid lipid particles in the dough, the degree of shape deformities can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Elizabeth Hander, Brian Peter Jacoby, Joseph William Kelly, Donald Vaughn Neel, Mary Parsons, Darrell Lee Taylor, Nolvia Elizabeth Zelaya Montes
  • Patent number: 7033626
    Abstract: In the production of edible products which includes a holding period for starch retrogra-dation, the addition of a xylanase to cereal-based raw materials accelerates the retrogradation and thus allows a shortening of the holding period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Novozymes A/S
    Inventors: Tina Spendler, Hans Peter Heldt-Hansen
  • Patent number: 7029715
    Abstract: A method for automatically forming dough-based products, such as doughnuts involves pressurizing a tank containing dough. The dough is extruded to form a flight of dough-based products. The weight of the flight of dough-based products is measured. The weight data is transmitted to a computer. The measured weight is compared to a predetermined weight stored in the computer memory. The pressure in the tank is adjusted automatically before subsequent extrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: HDN Development Corporation
    Inventors: Garcie M. McCall, Stanley N. Lowry, Charles David Crawford, Joey R. Spruill, Robert Simpson
  • Patent number: 6893673
    Abstract: An improved method for controlling blister formation in fabricated, expanded snack products by utilizing discrete, solid lipid particles. These lipids must be solid at room temperature with a melting point above 100° F. such that they remain discrete and solid when mixed with the dough and are subsequently sheeted or extruded. During the toasting, frying, or baking step, the solid, lipid particles melt and soften and disrupt the starch matrix, thus allowing steam to escape and preventing blisters. The blisters are only prevented, however, in the localized area where a solid, lipid particle exists. Thus, by changing the level of solid, lipid particles in the dough, the size of resulting blisters can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Elizabeth Hander, Brian Peter Jacoby, Joseph William Kelly, Nolvia Elizabeth Zelaya
  • Patent number: 6869633
    Abstract: An automated food processing system and method is provided that allows food to be dispensed, fried and packaged in a suitable container, which may be an individual portion-sized container. In one embodiment, the system includes separate automated modules for dispensing, frying and packaging the food. In one embodiment, an automated dispensing device dispenses a predetermined portion of food from a bulk storage container or food dispensing magazine. Food is dispensed from the automated dispensing device to an automated fry device that can include at least one circular fry wheel having a plurality of food containing compartments. After the food is fried it is dispensed from the fry device to an automated packaging device. The automated packaging device dispenses food to a container that may be an individual portion-sized container that is retrieved, erected and held into position for filling by an automated container handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Ron Dorsten, Henry T. Ewald, Jenny Hong, Glenn Schackmuth, Mario G. Ceste, Curtis Clarence Pinnow, John M. Corliss, Joseph Gerstmann, James Lozouski, William Day, Doug Jones, Roberto Nevarez, Jerry Sank, Keith Stanger
  • Patent number: 6838108
    Abstract: A process for production of an appetizer is disclosed. The process comprises the steps of: a) adding between about 1.0 percent to 1.5 weight percent lime to a combination of water and corn to form a mixture; b) boiling the mixture until the mixture contains between about 34 to 38 weight percent moisture; d) soaking the mixture for between about 12 to 16 hours to achieve between about 46 to 52 percent moisture; d) grinding said mixture into a dough; and e) rolling and cooking said dough to produce the appetizer. This process has the quality of permitting a new product from the nixtamalized corn dough, which is acceptable to the public, and a technology that allows for the accomplishment of the above objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventors: Espiridion Valdes Rodriguez, Efrain Joel Peña Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6830767
    Abstract: Uniformly shaped snack chips, preferably tortilla-type chips, having raised surface features and a method for preparing the same. The chips can be made from a dough composition comprising pre-cooked starch-based material and pregelatinized starch. Preferably, the snack chips have raised surface features comprising from about 12% to about 40% large surface features; from about 20% to about 40% medium surface features; and from about 25% to about 60% small surface features. In one embodiment, the average thickness of the snack chip is from about 1 mm to about 3 mm; the average thickness of raised surface features is from about 2.3 mm to about 3.2 mm; the maximum thickness of the chip is less than about 5.5 mm; and the coefficient of variation of the chip thickness is greater than about 15%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Co.
    Inventors: Lee Michael Teras, John Russell Herring, Stephen Paul Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6827958
    Abstract: A dough and a filling for making a toaster pastry and a method for making same. A method of forming the dough for the toaster pastry, comprises forming a blend of ingredients comprising wheat flour of from about 25 to about 44% by weight of ingredients for the dough, wheat farina of from about 13 to about 35% by weight of ingredients for the dough, shortening of from about 1.5 to about 2.5% by weight of ingredients for the dough, and water of from about 25 to about 35% by weight of ingredients for the dough; adding puff pastry shortening in the form of cubes such that the amount of puff pastry shortening is in the range of from about 5 to about 15% by weight of the ingredients for the pastry; and blending the ingredients such that a heterogeneous mixture of the cubes of shortening in the remainder of the ingredients is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Morrison Lamothe Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Brown, Amanda Mitchell-Hanna, Derry-Anne Perog, Sandra Zabarchuk, Harinder Shah
  • Patent number: 6746702
    Abstract: Methods for preparing puffed snack products from cooked cereal doughs, especially corn based, comprise deep fat frying cornucopia shaped pellets or half products. Methods for preparing such snack products include a steeping step of cut grain particles having a particle size of 0.5 to 2.5 mm with warm water to have a moisture content of at least 18%, short residence time cooking to form a cooked cereal dough such as in a twin screw extruder, second long residence time cooking step, extruding the cooked cereal dough into extrudate ropes, tempering while cooling the extrudate ropes, forming into pellets, drying the pellets, and puffing to form the finished snack products such as by deep fat frying. The present methods provide finished puffed pieces of equivalent texture and eating qualities to those prepared by traditional low shear extended cooking of grains in batch cookers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven C. Robie