With Stirring Patents (Class 99/348)
  • Patent number: 10251417
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing and dispensing single serving gelatin-based food products in an efficient and cost-effective way. A gelatin-based product making device includes a container receiving portion configured to removably receive one or more disposable dry ingredients containers that store dry ingredients used to make the gelatin-based products. The device is operative to automatically mix the dry ingredients with a liquid, heat the mixture, and rapidly cool the mixture to form a batch of gelatin-based product. The device includes a dispenser operative to dispense single servings of the gelatin-based product into cups that may be provided to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Food & Beverage Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Jetton, Jordan Blakley, Kenneth Tarlow, Brant Proden
  • Patent number: 10207234
    Abstract: A blending device (2) for blending a sample held in a sealable open mouthed sample bag comprises a bag receiving portion (6). The blending device (2) also includes a kneading arrangement (20) for acting on a wall of a sample bag (8) disposed in the bag receiving portion (6) so as to blend a sample contained in the bag (8). A bag manipulation arrangement (13) or a bag support (28) may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seward, LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Ray, Geoffrey Matthews, John Patrick
  • Patent number: 10143209
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus includes a pressure vessel defining a compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, an open-top screen mounted within the compartment and movable relative to the compartment between a first position, for food processing, and a second position, to facilitate cleaning, a rotatable auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen, the auger being operable to advance food product within the compartment from the inlet end of the pressure vessel toward the outlet end, and a transfer mechanism including a conduit in communication with the compartment, a fluid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit, and a pressurized fluid source in communication with the fluid discharge and operable to propel a fluid through the fluid discharge to move food product through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Maupin, David R. Zittel
  • Patent number: 9974327
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus including a tank having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, the tank having an inner wall defining a compartment and including a solid, imperforate wall portion, fluid being contained in the compartment, and a rotatable auger mounted in the compartment, the auger for advancing food product within the compartment from the inlet end toward the outlet end, the auger including flights having a flight wall with a radial edge, a clearance space being defined between the radial edge of the flights and the solid, imperforate wall portion of the inner wall. Flow of fluid through the clearance space may be inhibited. One of the inner wall and the flight wall may include a perforated wall portion. Flow of fluid between the first auger section and the second auger section may be provided through the perforated wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Maupin, David R. Zittel
  • Patent number: 9609976
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus includes a tank defining an inner compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, an open-top screen mounted within the compartment and positioned relative to the tank in a first position, and a rotatable auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen for advancing food product within the tank from the inlet end of the tank toward the outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Zittel, Daniel D. Maupin
  • Patent number: 9521925
    Abstract: A slow cooker includes a base having a heating element coupled thereto, a cooking vessel removably positioned in a compartment defined in the base, and a removable lid coupled to the cooking vessel. The cooking vessel has a cooking chamber defined therein. The removable lid includes a first panel that pivots between an open position in which access to the cooking chamber is permitted and a closed position in which access to the cooking chamber is prevented. The removable lid includes a second panel that also pivots between an open position in which access to the cooking chamber is permitted and a closed position in which access to the cooking chamber is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher A. Gregory, Leif A. Norland, John A. Colasanti
  • Patent number: 9474402
    Abstract: A juicer having a body, a container, and an upper cover; a propelling screw, a cutting tool, a mesh filter and a rotary brush are arranged in the container. Between the container and the body, output connectors are arranged including a high speed output connector and a low speed output connector, on the high speed output connector a high speed output shaft is arranged; on the low speed output connector a low speed output shaft is arranged. The cutting tool is connected with the high-speed output connector through the high speed output shaft, and the propelling screw is connected with the low speed output connector through the low speed output shaft. The cutting tool is connected with the high-speed output connector through the high speed output shaft, and the propelling screw is connected with the low speed output connector through the low speed output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Shu Sang Cheung, Xianliang Ouyang, Gangzhi Liu
  • Patent number: 9066618
    Abstract: A juice extracting apparatus of the present invention includes an extracting case having a juice outlet and a sludge outlet communicating an internal space thereof with an outside, an extracting screw unit positioned in the internal space of the extracting case, the extracting screw unit having a screw shaft connected to a drive shaft of a driving unit, a screw blade formed on an outer peripheral surface of the screw shaft and a sun gear mounted at the lower end of the screw shaft, a rotary extracting net unit in which the extracting screw unit is positioned, the rotary extracting net unit having a mesh net and a ring gear provided at its lower portion, and a discharge guide unit positioned at the lower portion of the rotary extracting net unit for guiding the sludge resulting from the extracting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: TONGYANG MAGIC Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Gyu Lim, Chul Gu Lee, Kyoung Ho Lee, Dong Hoon Kang
  • Publication number: 20150118374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (1) for conching edible mass, in particular cocoa containing mass, such as chocolate, cocoa liquor or compound, comprising a shear device, in particular a so-called taste-changer (14), in turn comprising a housing (16), a shaft (17) rotatably mounted in the housing (16), means (19, 20) for subjecting the edible mass to high shear stresses, means (21, 22) for spreading the edible mass after it has been subjected to high shear, and an inlet (24, 25) for supplying a gas to the spread edible mass. The system further comprises a thin film evaporator (15) to treat the edible mass exiting the shear device (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Kruiver
  • Patent number: 9016926
    Abstract: A machine for the homogenization and thermal treatment of liquid and semi-liquid food products, for example ice creams, whipped cream, creams, chocolate, yogurt and the like, comprises a containment tank for the mixture and a centrifugal pump put in fluid communication with the bottom of the containment tank for drawing mixture from the tank and putting it back into the tank, heating and cooling means acting at the pump for heating and cooling the mixture in transit in the pump. The heating and cooling means comprise a thermal machine with reversible thermodynamic cycle and using carbon dioxide as refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ALI S.p.A.—Carpigiani Group
    Inventors: Andrea Cocchi, Roberto Lazzarini
  • Patent number: 9016195
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing a melon juice concentrate, such as watermelon juice concentrate, includes a finisher with brushes for separating melon flesh from melon rind including leaving at least 1/16 inch flesh on the rind and screens for separating juice from flesh. The apparatus also includes a steamer to reduce bacteria count on whole melon, a chopper for chopping melons into pieces less than about 16 inches square, an extractor for extracting juice from the flesh, and an evaporator for concentrating melon juice to form melon juice concentrate. The steamer includes a cylinder frame, steam jets directing steam through apertures in the cylinder frame at whole melon therein, and a motivator to move the whole melon along the cylinder frame. The apparatus can also process cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and other melon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Milne Fruit Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. DeJong, Eric A. Johnson, David L. Luther, Gordon R. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20150101491
    Abstract: A soup maker includes a container mounted to an annular seat receiving a heat conducting pan that receives food to be cut by a cutter coupled with a transmission shaft driven by a motor. A heating pan abuts a bottom of the thermally conducting pan and is connected to a heating tube electrically connected to a power supply terminal. A temperature sensor abuts the heating pan. A base includes a coupling portion having a terminal hole and a sensor hole. A positioning plate presses against a positioning switch on the coupling portion when the annular seat couples with the coupling portion, with the power supply terminal and a coupling section of the temperature sensor respectively extending into the terminal hole and the sensor hole for electrical connection with the control circuit board, allowing the control circuit board to control the motor and the heating tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Uni-Splender Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Yuan LIN
  • Publication number: 20150104549
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a new, different cooking process of products to be nixtamalized, for instance, corn, as well as a specially designed reactor to be used in the deep thermal treatment. Essentially, the process comprises the loading of a mixture of product to be nixtamalized and water into the container; shaking of the mixture by air injection from an air compressor; separation of floating residues and discharge of wastewater; introduction of hot and clean water into the container and the addition of lime, thus creating a product-water-lime mixture; stirring of the product-water-lime mixture by injecting air from the air compressor; igniting the burner until a target temperature is obtained in the reactor container; and turn off the burner and conditioning of moisture inside the reactor container for a determined period of time where prior to the end of the determined period of time it is proceeded to shake the cooked product-water-lime mixture by air injection from the air compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Roberto Leopoldo CASTRO GENERA, Olga Alicia LOBO IRUEGAS
  • Publication number: 20150068409
    Abstract: A heating cooker includes a container for containing an object to be heated, a stirrer for stirring the object inside the container, and a stirring controller for controlling a stirring operation of the stirrer. In cooking the object under stirring by the stirrer, the stirring controller determines a state of the object from at least one of a cooking menu to be executed and a heating time, and controls at least one of a stirring speed, a stirring-operation timing and a stirring direction of the stirrer in accordance with the state of the object. Thus, the heating cooker can perform proper stirring suited to a mixed state and/or viscosity of ingredients during the cooking process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motoki Tanaka, Mao Yamada, Noriko Kurihara, Yuko Nakajima, Setsuko Kobashi
  • Publication number: 20150056337
    Abstract: An improved system and method for the production of a bread product is disclosed. The method may comprise the steps of (a) mixing a first set of ingredients into a first dough component; (b) forming the first dough component into a dough base in a fixture in a molding operation; (c) forming a distinct cavity in the base with a cavity-forming operation; (d) finishing the bread product. The system may comprise (a) a mixing station for mixing a first set of ingredients into a first dough component; (b) a forming station for forming the first dough component into a dough base having a form and a distinct cavity formed by a cavity-forming operation; and (c) a dough finishing station for finishing the bread product into a finished bread product. The bread product when finished by baking comprises a crumb provided by the dough base and the distinct cavity formed by the cavity-forming operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: SAMUEL J. FAHEY-BURKE, NATHAN P. MYHRVOLD, HUAN LARISSA ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20150033951
    Abstract: A slow cooker including a housing with a heating element positioned therein, a cooking vessel configured to be positioned within the housing for heating via the heating element and a lid configured to be positioned on the cooking vessel to substantially close a generally pen end thereof. The lid has a releasable handle assembly wherein a motor handle or a non-motor handle may be attached thereto. The motor handle may be configured to selectively activate the motor in a pre-determined interval sequence wherein at the beginning of each interval the motor is activated for a given time and then the motor is deactivated until the beginning of the next interval Lid clips may be pivotally connected to the lid to releasably engage a rim of the cooking vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Randall, Jamal Hammad
  • Publication number: 20150027319
    Abstract: A sous-vide cooker for sous-vide cooking applications is disclosed. The sous-vide cooker is particularly suited for use in home kitchens and on small countertops. The sous-vide cooker includes a removable inner tank cooking chamber. The sous-vide cooker has a magnetic stirrer that agitates the water for better temperature homogeneity. In at least one embodiment, the sous-vide cooker can also accept multiple tank cooking chambers that each heat at different temperatures. In at least one embodiment, a temperature controller is present on the outer surface of the outer enclosure. The temperature controller may be used to control the temperature, the period of time cooking is to occur, and the degree of agitation exerted by the agitation device. In at least one embodiment, the temperature controller can be further configurable to store a number of pre-defined user settings or user-input specifications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff WU
  • Patent number: 8941033
    Abstract: The device (1) for the processing and cooking of foodstuffs includes a base (2), a container (3) with, on the outer side of its bottom (4), a fixed protecting shell (5) by means of which the container (3) stands in a positioning housing (6) provided on said base (2), a lid (7) to close said container (3), electrical heating means supported by said container (3), a shaft (12) carrying tools (13) rotatably supported inside said container (3), electric means for powering said shaft (12), and safety means at least capable of mechanically clamping the container (3) into its positioning housing (6) and of activating the electric feed of said powering means when said lid (7) moves from an open position to a closed position of said container (3) positioned in said positioning housing (6), the safety means comprising kinematic system for reversibly transforming the movement of the lid (7) between its open position and its closed position into a reversible translation stroke of a first clamping element (26) between a w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: De'Longhi, Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe De'Longhi
  • Publication number: 20150020695
    Abstract: An improved dual-shaft preconditioner (10) of simplified design is provided giving increased moisturization and partial cooking of food or feed ingredients. The preconditioner (10) includes an elongated, tapered housing (12) presenting a pair of side-by-side, communicating housing sections (58, 60), with a corresponding pair of converging shafts (20, 22) within the sections (58, 60) and having a series of elongated, outwardly extending mixing elements (24, 26) secured to the shafts (20, 22). The preconditioner (10) is designed for use in a system including a downstream processing device, such as an extruder (146).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Wenger Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc L. Wenger
  • Patent number: 8936017
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking/grilling apparatus, primarily for outdoor use, providing smoking and/or direct or indirect heat cooking capability, and offering the user enhanced cooking flexibility, temperature control, safety and convenience of operation. The grill apparatus is unique in that it offers a downward opening lid that rotates, such as on rollers or a pivot mechanism, to a fully open position beneath the base plate of the cooking enclosure, and reverses to an upward rotation to re-close the cooking enclosure. Moreover, the grill apparatus offers a vertically adjustable cooking grate, controlled by a continuous loop cable, moving over a set of pulleys, thereby reliably controlling the height of the cooking grate when affixed to a crank on the outer surface of the grill, wherein movement of the grate can also be locked in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Max Alejandro Holdo Baggott
  • Patent number: 8931401
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a base upon which a pot is supported, with a stirrer configured as a lid, for closing an open top of the pot. A tool coupled to a motorized drive of the stirrer extends downwardly into the pot. A heating element is coupled to the base and resiliently biased outwardly from the base to engage the base of the pot. A latch mechanism is provided for releasably connecting the pot to the base. The motorized drive includes a planetary gear set mounted coaxially with a pot axis, and a tool coupling is connected to a planet gear of the planetary gear set to drive the stirring tool in an orbital motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Hang Shun Hing Company Limited
    Inventor: Man Fai Cheung
  • Publication number: 20140363553
    Abstract: Fresh potatoes, and/or other fresh vegetables or legumes, or any ingredients already frozen, processed, or otherwise prepared, are processed to make more healthful French fry products and other formed food items in any of a variety of shapes and flavor profiles while attaining the organoleptic qualities of traditional formed-food products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: David Peters
  • Publication number: 20140345474
    Abstract: A cooking appliance for processing and preparing foods that includes a base structure (48) on which a support suitable for holding a container (2) containing foods to be processed is assembled, a motorized driving device suitable for rotating a detachable stirring or cutting device inside the container (2), an electronic circuit for powering and controlling the driving device and a heat energy transferring device which is controlled by an appliance microcontroller, and a dedicated computing device (85) integrating a user interface and a telecommunication interface, which, depending on the instructions provided by a user, is suitable for at least sending instructions containing cooking parameters and/or programs to the appliance microcontroller through a data bus and for displaying any anomaly detected by the appliance microcontroller through a multifunction touch screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: COMPANIA ESPANOLA DE ELECTROMENAJE S.A.
    Inventors: Lluis Trench Rocha, Josep Alet Vidal, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Publication number: 20140345475
    Abstract: A cooking appliance for processing and preparing foods with an external user interface that includes a base structure (48) on which a support suitable for holding a container (2) containing foods to be processed is assembled, motorized driving device suitable for rotating detachable stirring or cutting means inside the container (2), an electronic circuit for powering and controlling thent driving device and heat energy transferring means controlled by an appliance microcontroller, a user interface integrated in a user computing device (D) detached with respect to the appliance for inputting operating parameters of the appliance, and the user computing device (D) is communicated with the appliance microprocessor through a wireless communication interface for inputting operating instructions of the appliance or cooking programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: COMPAÑIA ESPAÑOLA DE ELECTROMENAJE S.L.
    Inventors: Lluís Trench Roca, Josep Alet Vidal, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Publication number: 20140345477
    Abstract: Potato chip cooking process and apparatus includes controlled cooking of potato slices from the initial to the final cooking stages. Slices are deposited in hot cooking oil to develop a slice pack which is carried along a cooking path during which the pack is agitated and mixed by paddle means or tumbled so that the individual slices receive maximum contact with the cooking medium. The cooking path may be divided into one or more stages in each of which the cooking times and temperatures are selected and maintained to produce potato chips of different styles having a final moisture content in the range of 1.2% to 2%. The apparatus includes temperature and oil circulation controls for the oil heat exchangers dedicated to each stage of a cooking protocol. A multiplicity of variable rate, rotatable paddle wheel assemblies are positioned along the cooking path for thorough agitation of the potato pack encouraging good oil contact with the individual slices and consistent, chip-to-chip final moisture content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: HEAT AND CONTROL, INC.
    Inventor: HEAT AND CONTROL, INC.
  • Patent number: 8894945
    Abstract: The invention discloses a portable sterilizer for use when filling containers for transporting goods under aseptic conditions, which provides increased transport capacity, more flexible formats and connections for the containers, while facilitating handling of the goods, and which comprises a portable boiler, systems for pre-washing using chemicals and other means necessary for sanitizing all the parts thereof. For washing, it uses chemicals, circulation waters and the hot water (or any other liquid poured into said boiler) produced from the liquid phase inside said portable boiler. The device may include a pump for pressure washing with other types of cleaners, cold water, chemicals, etc.; For sterilizing, it uses the vapour phase of water or other liquids in said portable boiler, ultraviolet rays and/or another means of sterilization, and it is connected between the outlet of the pasteurization system of a production plant and the return lines of said pasteurizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Andesocean S.A.
    Inventor: Rodrigo Vergara Pinto
  • Patent number: 8887626
    Abstract: A blower intensified gas flame kettle including a kettle disposed in an upper housing and a gas burner disposed in a lower housing and having gas burner jets at least partially inserted into the upper housing. Burning gases emanating from the gas burner jets are directed toward the kettle and contained by the upper housing. The temperature and velocity of the burning gases are enhanced by action of a blower which blows air which mixes with flammable gas in the gas burner prior to burning. Higher temperatures and improved, radiant, conductive and convection heating of the kettle are achieved. A mechanized stirrer enhances heating of contents of the kettle by stirring the contents of the kettle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gold Rush Kettle Korn LLC
    Inventor: William P. Baker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8875623
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing a pasta filata cheese product, such as a Mozzarella-type cheese, in a continuous process without emulsifier or pH regulator additives requires preparing a typical pasta filata-type cheese curd and supplying the curd in cut pieces to one end of a processing chamber (14). The chamber (14) has an agitator (18) which rotates to work, knead, stretch and move the curd through the chamber. At the same time, steam is injected into the curd in the chamber through a plurality of injection nozzles (23) spaced along the length of the chamber (14) to heat and cook the cheese while it is simultaneously mechanically worked. The cooked product exiting from the chamber (14) is molded to a desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Gold Peg International Pty. Ltd
    Inventors: Robert Murray Smith, Alastair Graeme Sorley, Mark Wynn Kirkby
  • Publication number: 20140312026
    Abstract: A kitchen worktop having a support plate (2) with a treatment area (4) on which a container is placed (50), and a heating device (34) located in the treatment area under the support plate. Weight transducers (38) are fixed both to the support plate (2) and to a movable portion (24a) of a series of actuators (24), the fixed portion (24b) of which is fixed to a structure (11). A control device allows activating the actuators (24) in order to move the weight transducers (38) and the support plate (2) between a rest position in which the support plate (2) rests on the structure (11), and a weighing position in which the support plate (2) is supported only by the weight transducers (38) in order to enable a weighing operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: COMPAÑ‘IA ESPAÑOLA DE ELECTROMENAJE S.L.
    Inventors: Lluís Trench Roca, Josep Alet Vidal, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Publication number: 20140290499
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an appliance for preparing foodstuff comprising a cutting unit (2) for use with a separately operated cooking unit (3) wherein the cutting unit (2) has a first base structure, at least one supply opening (27), cutting means (22, 24), and at least one outlet (28). The cutting unit (2) can be positioned in a side-by-side configuration with respect to the cooking unit (3), in which the outlet (28) is in a position for supplying cut food ingredients to a cooking unit (3). The cutting means (22, 24) comprise a first drive and at least one rotating cutting element arranged inside a cutting chamber provided on top of the base structure. The cutting chamber opens into the outlet opening via an overlapping area that is at least partly arranged below the cutting chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Werner Karl Murbacher, Gerlinde Zergoi-Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140251161
    Abstract: An object of this invention is to provide a parboiled rice manufacturing apparatus capable of efficiently manufacturing good-quality parboiled rice without increasing the overall size of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SATAKE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki Matsushima, Hidenori Mizuno, Keishi Wakabayashi, Akiko Nishimura, Naoya Uemuki
  • Patent number: 8826805
    Abstract: A cooking appliance in accordance with the present invention includes a base, a container engageable with the base and configured to receive one or more food ingredients, a heater for converting a liquid into a cooking vapor and a blade assembly rotatably mounted in the container and having at least one vapor aperture located adjacent to a top of said blade assembly and at least one vapor outlet located adjacent to a bottom of said blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Leung, Joseoh W. Zakowski, Barbara L. Schnabel, Maria Caruso
  • Publication number: 20140245899
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity. A cooking vessel is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that defines first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second distinct heater plates are disposed in the first and second wells, respectively. First and second drive arms are removable coupled to the housing in an operable communication with the drive system. The first drive arm includes a flipping wand and the second drive arm includes a stirring wand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fred Bournay, Jr., Nicholas L. Stuart, Paul S. Paget, Michael P. Conti, Terence M. Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140245901
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity and a cooking vessel that is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that define first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second distinct heater plates are disposed in the first and second wells, respectively. An arcuate dividing wall is disposed in the heating cavity and is removably engaged with the intermediate necked portion between the first and second distinct heater plates. The arcuate dividing wall defines a circular cooking zone and a crescent cooking zone. A drive arm is removably coupled to the housing and extends over the circular cooking zone. The drive arm includes one of a flipping wand and a stirring wand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas L. Stuart, Paul S. Paget, Michael P. Conti, Terence M. Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140245900
    Abstract: A stirring system for a cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a drive system and a cooking vessel including a bottom wall, a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that define first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second drive arms are removably coupled with the housing in an operable communication with the drive system. A flipping wand is configured for removable engagement with the first drive arm and a stirring wand is configured for removable engagement with the second drive arm. The stirring wand includes a substantially vertical portion configured to slide along a second rounded end of the cooking vessel and a substantially horizontal portion configured to slideably rotate over the bottom wall of the cooking vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Terence M. Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140245904
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity. A cooking vessel is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that defines first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second distinct heater plates are disposed in the first and second wells, respectively. First and second drive arms are removable coupled to the housing in an operable communication with the drive system. The first drive arm includes a flipping wand and the second drive arm includes a stirring wand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Christopher A. Gregory, Daniel A. Altenritter
  • Publication number: 20140245902
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a drive system and plurality of walls that define a heating cavity. A cooking vessel is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that define first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second drive arms are removably engaged to a top portion of the housing and in operable communication with the drive system. A flipping wand is configured for removable engagement with the first drive arm and a stirring wand is configured for removable engagement with the second drive arm. A lid is pivotally coupled to the housing and operable between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fred Bournay, JR., Michael P. Conti, Terence M. Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140245903
    Abstract: A cooking appliance kit includes a housing having a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity. A cooking vessel is configured to be inserted into the heating cavity. The cooking vessel includes a first rounded end, a second rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that defines first and second wells that at least partially intersect. First and second distinct heater plates are disposed in the first and second wells, respectively. First and second drive arms are removable coupled to the housing in an operable communication with the drive system. The first drive arm includes a flipping wand and the second drive arm includes a stirring wand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Michael P. Conti, Christopher A. Gregory, Daniel A. Altenritter, Bryce K. Porter, Mark J. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20140230663
    Abstract: Provided is a kitchenware item for cooking food, comprising a pan provided with a side wall, a handle comprising attachment means for attaching said handle to the side wall, and a removable accessory of the kitchenware item, said accessory or lid comprising an electromechanical device. The handle comprises an electrical energy source and the electrical energy source feeds the electromechanical device arranged on the accessory by means of an electrical circuit comprising electrical connection-disconnection means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Jocelyn Bonnel
  • Publication number: 20140224132
    Abstract: A dry fryer (1) and heating cover (20) thereof are disclosed. The dry fryer (1) includes a pot (10) and a heating cover (20) covered correspondingly thereon. An inner space of a cover body is separated into an installing chamber (2110) and a hot air chamber (2111). A first actuator (22) and a second actuator (24) are fixed in the installing chamber (2110). The hot air supply module (23) is disposed in the hot air chamber (2111), and a group of the reduction gears (25) is driven by the second actuator (24). A stirring component (26) connecting the group of the reduction gears (25) is disposed in the hot air chamber (2111). Thus an inner space of the dry fryer (1) will be maintained for flipping the ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: TALL & STOUT INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: KUEI-TANG CHANG
  • Patent number: 8800435
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus including a tank having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, the tank having an inner wall defining a compartment and including a solid, imperforate wall portion, fluid being contained in the compartment, and a rotatable auger mounted in the compartment, the auger for advancing food product within the compartment from the inlet end toward the outlet end, the auger including flights having a flight wall with a radial edge, a clearance space being defined between the radial edge of the flights and the solid, imperforate wall portion of the inner wall. Flow of fluid through the clearance space may be inhibited. One of the inner wall and the flight wall may include a perforated wall portion. Flow of fluid between the first auger section and the second auger section may be provided through the perforated wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Maupin, David R. Zittel
  • Publication number: 20140203010
    Abstract: The hob (1) comprises a support plate (2) which has a treatment area (3) and the cooking vessel (50) has rotary blades (53) connected to an upper magnetic coupling member (54). Below the plate (2) of the hob (1) there is a lower magnetic coupling member (4) rotatably driven by an actuator (6) to magnetically transmit torque to the upper magnetic coupling member (54) of the vessel (50). The hob (1) includes a lower magnetic element (8) below the plate (2) and the vessel has an upper magnetic element (58), which are at the same predetermined distance from the rotating shafts (E1, E2) of the respective magnetic coupling members. When the vessel (50) is in a predetermined angular position, the magnetic attraction between the lower and upper magnetic elements (8, 58) applies opposition to the rotation of the vessel (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTRODÓMESTICS TAURUS S.L.
    Inventors: Josep Alet Vidal, Lluis Trench Roca, Fidel Montraveta Montraveta
  • Patent number: 8776674
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus includes a pressure vessel defining a compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, an open-top screen mounted within the compartment and movable relative to the compartment between a first position, for food processing, and a second position, to facilitate cleaning, a rotatable auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen, the auger being operable to advance food product within the compartment from the inlet end of the pressure vessel toward the outlet end, and a transfer mechanism including a conduit in communication with the compartment, a fluid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit, and a pressurized fluid source in communication with the fluid discharge and operable to propel a fluid through the fluid discharge to move food product through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Maupin, David R. Zittel
  • Patent number: 8770098
    Abstract: A device for continuous production by extrusion cooking of a co-extruded food product containing whole solid pieces, of the type including an extrusion die (20) provided with a contact face at the end of the outlet of a cylinder (11) of an extrusion machine (10) having at least one screw (13) for processing at least one starting material and driven in rotation within the cylinder. The extrusion die (20) is provided with a bore (23) for forming a continuous tubular string of the food product in a direction forming an angle with the axis of the extrusion machine (10). Directly at the outlet of the die (20) and in the axis of the bore (23) for forming the continuous string, the device includes elements (30) for directly incorporating at regular intervals the whole solid pieces (2) into the continuous string of food product without altering the initial dimensions thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Clextral
    Inventors: Luis Asensio, Jean Marie Bouvier, Anne Perenon
  • 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: 8739691
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus includes a tank defining an inner compartment having an inlet end for receiving food product and an outlet end for discharging food product, an open-top screen mounted within the compartment and positioned relative to the tank in a first position, and a rotatable auger mounted such that at least a portion of the auger is within the screen for advancing food product within the tank from the inlet end of the tank toward the outlet end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Zittel, Daniel D. Maupin
  • Publication number: 20140137750
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a vacuum electric cooker as can be easily worked by an operator and as can minimize a stress to be applied to the container. A vacuum electric cooker of this invention comprises a cooker body including a horizontal base and a stand section, a cooker container including a cooking tool, a cover member having a discharge nozzle, a connecting arm having a base end attached to said stand section as to rock in a vertical plane between a horizontal active position and a vertical inactive position, a connecting nozzle attached to said connecting arm and connected to said discharge nozzle when said connecting arm is at the active position, a vacuum pump disposed in said cooker body, and a tube connected to said vacuum pump and said connecting nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: TESCOM Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rie ARAI, Maro TOKUSHIGE, Sachio TSUKUDA, Kenji KAKUTA, Fumiyasu MARUYAMA
  • Patent number: 8726790
    Abstract: A milk frothing device comprises a housing (2) including a container (10) for receiving the milk to be frothed, and a frothing means (20), wherein the container comprises a side wall (11), a bottom portion (13) and an inclined wall portion (12), wherein the inclined wall portion is inclined with respect to the side wall and is confined by the side wall and the bottom portion, wherein the container and the frothing means together form an asymmetrical arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Green Lane Designs Limited
    Inventors: Gary Lane, Alan Green
  • Publication number: 20140134305
    Abstract: A cooking device and method heats a removable vessel with heaters of a cooking capsule, which includes a separator wall between the heaters and vessel. The heaters mount to the separator wall. The capsule is fixed in a housing, which also mounts a motor that rotates the vessel. The housing tiltably mounts on a base. Accessories can be fixed to the vessel or a lid secured to the housing, so the accessories can rotate with the vessel or remain stationary with respect to the vessel as it rotates. A locking mechanism that secures the lid to the housing prevents lid detachment when the vessel counter-rotates and an accessory is fixed to the lid. A heat sink wall reflects heat toward the vessel and fins draw heat from the heat sink wall away from the housing and out vent holes. Computer hardware and software control power to the motor and heaters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Amy Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8723084
    Abstract: The household appliance (1) for the production of bread comprises—a cooking chamber (11), —electrical supply means (19) for heating said cooking chamber (11), —a drive means ((12) pivotally activated in said cooking chamber (11) by a geared motor (13), —a container (10) which can be accommodated in said cooking chamber (11) and having at least a containment chamber (2) for the bread and at least a mixing shovel (3) positioned inside said containment chamber (2) and able to be directly or indirectly moved by said drive means (12), said containment chamber (2) being so configured to have a first proportion ratio (R1) between every dimension (A, B, ?) of its base and its height (H), and a second proportion ratio (R2) between the dimension of its height (H) and the length (L) of said shovel (3), said ratios being able to give to the cooked bread in said containment chamber (2) a mainly low and wide shape with a little crumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: De'Longhi Appliances S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe De'Longhi