Non-cooking Heat Treatment Of Food Patents (Class 99/483)
  • Patent number: 10337794
    Abstract: Apparatus and related methods for adding increased functionality to a food dehydrator through the use of stackable drying trays that define a circulation plenum during operation and then nest within one another during disassembly so as to reduce an overall storage size of the food dehydrator. The food dehydrator can further include a base portion having a removable splash guard to prevent the introduction of liquids or solids into a mechanical space within the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: National Presto Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan H. Barrows
  • Patent number: 10258197
    Abstract: A modular holding cabinet is provided. The cabinet includes a housing defining an internal volume and an open front providing access into the internal volume. The housing supports at least one plate therewithin. The housing supports one or more end walls that are each aligned spaced outboard from an end face of a plate such that an air gap is established therebetween. The internal volume defines a plurality of discrete heating zones located above each of the one or more plates, each discrete heating zone receives heat from a first heater disposed within the respective plate and a plurality of second heaters disposed above the respective plate. The housing includes a plurality of displays and a plurality of inputs, with one of the plurality of displays and one of the plurality of inputs associated with each discrete heating zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Carter-Hoffmann LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Fortmann, Frank G. Marolda
  • Patent number: 9924825
    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 blade assembly rotatably mounted in the container and a lid engageable with said container. The lid includes a chamber configured to hold a volume of liquid and a heating element for heating the liquid within the chamber to produce steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CONAIR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Zakowski, Barbara L. Schnabel, Maria Caruso
  • Patent number: 9723864
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of defrosting frozen items, is provided. The apparatus and method utilizes a fluid flow system and method, such as a fluid-push/pull system in which generally an entire volume of fluid is pushed or pulled through a cavity in which frozen items are located and/or a continuous motion system in which fluid is circulated within a fluid tank of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Unified Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: John Cantrell, Mark Churchill, Michael Licata, David Gast
  • Patent number: 9446537
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for cutting thin film solar cells are provided. According to various implementations, the methods involve cutting a substrate having thin film solar cell materials deposited thereon by inducing a tear along the cutting line. Simultaneously with the tearing, the torn edges may be plastically deformed to produce a desired torn edge cross-sectional profile. Such a fracture may be induced by clamping regions of the substrate while simultaneously displacing the clamped regions relative to each other through the thickness of the substrate as the substrate is fed through the clamps providing the clamping. Apparatuses for cutting are also provided. According to various implementations, the apparatus may have cutter rollers and support rollers configured with an adjustable radial overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: BEIJING APOLLO DING RONG SOLAR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael A. Murray, Kedar Y. Hardikar
  • Patent number: 9357882
    Abstract: The present invention provides an appliance for preparing frothed or mixed beverage. In one embodiment, the appliance comprises a removable transparent or translucent liquid food container, and a stirrer and stirrer holder that are positioned inside the liquid food container. The stirrer includes magnetic elements so that it can be driven magnetically by a motor without any physical linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: EnE Holdings Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Yuen Chin Chen, Amy Decem Cheng, Dick Tak Fung Leung, Raymond Wai Ming Wong
  • Patent number: 9339141
    Abstract: A coffee beverage system is described including a coffee bean packaging cartridge and a coffee brewing apparatus. The packaging cartridge includes a container holding coffee beans and transportation component for transporting the coffee beans towards an exit opening of the cartridge. The coffee apparatus comprises a grinder for grinding the coffee beans from the cartridge and a brewing device for brewing coffee on the basis of ground coffee obtained by means of the grinder. The system is further provided with a metering chamber for receiving coffee beans which are transported with the aid of the transportation component into the metering chamber. In use, the metering chamber will hold a predetermined amount of coffee beans. The metering chamber comprises a bottom portion which forms a part of the grinder, said bottom portion being arranged in the coffee apparatus for rotating around an axis extending in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignees: Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Ivo Van Os, Job Leonardus Kneppers, Richard Patrick Versluijs, Christiaan Johannes Maria Moorman, Gerbrand Kristiaan de Graaff
  • Patent number: 9259028
    Abstract: A continuous system for the heat treatment of divided solids, combined with a gas-solid reaction for the debacterization especially of food products, such as herbs, spices, powders. The system includes a unit for supplying the product a debacterization unit having a fluidized bed moving the particles by means of vibration associated with a feed of steam or other gas, a cooling drying unit, and a packaging unit. The debacterization unit comprises a vibro-fluidized stepped bed for enabling the transport of the product that is carried out successively according to a generally horizontal first transport phase, and at least one second vertical transport phase during which steam or another gas is injected, acting in such a way as to decontaminate the product as it moves from the horizontal phase to the vertical phase and to the following horizontal phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: FCD
    Inventor: Florent Cheinet
  • Patent number: 9109050
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a process for preparing of slurries containing suspended and dissolved particles and a solution as well as a slurry are provided onto a hydrocyclone equipment, disk centrifuge or nozzle centrifuge equipment. The dry matter concentration in the collected slurry is higher than the concentration of the mixture of the slurry and the solution as such. The use of a hydrocyclone stage for this specific purpose is disclosed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: CARGILL, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Franciscus Adrianus Josephus Van Esch, Paul Joseph Van Hove
  • Publication number: 20150144011
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for infrared peeling of fruits and vegetables is disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Zhongli Pan, Tara H. McHugh, James B. Valenti-Jordan, Carlos H. Masareje
  • Publication number: 20150135974
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a recirculating water defroster that dispenses, collects, and recirculates water to defrost food. The recirculating water defroster may include a water dispenser unit, a water pump, and a food placement unit. The water dispenser unit connects to the water pump to dispense water over food placed on or in the food placement unit. The water runs over the food to defrost the food and may be collected in a tub. The water pump recirculates the water collected in the tub to the water dispenser. The volume of water being recirculated may be controlled through the water pump. The water pump may also have a water filtration unit. The recirculating water defroster may be portable or may be integrated with the tub, where the water pump may be located inside or outside the tub. The water pump may be integrated with the food placement unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Rudy Ambrosi, Mark V. Pinto
  • Publication number: 20150128818
    Abstract: Heat-treating equipment for roasting food products, including a tub for receiving the product, which is associated with a stirrer and a heat source. The tube includes two vertical, coaxial and hollow cylinders, the inner cylinder defining a first wall, and the outer cylinder defining a second wall of a space having a crown-shaped cross-section, into which the product to be treated is introduced continuously from above for a loading operation that is continuous or in batches. At least one of the two walls in contact with the product is heated and a hot gas is injected into the inner hollow cylinder, so as to make the heat consistent around the product contained within the first crown-shaped space defined by said first and second walls of the tank, between which the stirrer is integrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Florent Cheinet
  • Patent number: 9027470
    Abstract: The inventive food holding apparatus comprises a holding area that accommodates food and warms the food with heat radiated by a bottom surface and with warm convection air. Part of the convection air forms an air curtain having a Bernoulli effect that removes excess moisture from the external surface of the food and maintains the food in a warm, crisp condition. The apparatus conditions food to attain a biologically safe noncooking temperature and to retain its freshly cooked texture and internal moisture for more than two hours. This lets restaurants serve the food longer to its customers, allowing efficient batch cooking and significantly decreasing food waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Meister Cook LLC
    Inventor: Erik Magner
  • Publication number: 20150118377
    Abstract: A heat exchange apparatus includes an outer shell defining a cavity and a volume-occupying member received within the cavity. The outer shell and the volume-occupying member cooperate to define a fluid-receiving volume therebetween. An opening in the outer shell defines a passageway for receiving a liquid to be heated therethrough. The opening includes a fastener for removably attaching to an open top of a container containing a liquid to be heated, wherein the liquid to be heated will flow from the container into the fluid-receiving volume when the apparatus is inverted and the liquid will flow back into the container when the bottle is returned to the upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Julian A. Devlin, Marisa D. Devlin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9016192
    Abstract: A serving station includes a first well and a second well. The wells configured for receiving food pans. The serving station further includes an active cooling system and an active heating system. The active cooling system is configured to independently lower the temperature of either or both of the first and second wells, and the active heating system is configured to independently raise the temperature of either or both of the first and second wells. Both wells may be heated, both wells may be cooled, or one of the first and second wells may be heated while the other is cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Victor M. Frauenfeld, Peter Roever
  • Patent number: 9010566
    Abstract: In one embodiment of a container protector the container protector comprises two opposing side skirts, two opposing end skirts, and a interior lip connected to both side skirts and end skirts. The container protector may also include one or more handle extension to facilitate use with a container having one or more handles. The container protector is designed to sealing fit around the top periphery of a container with the interior lip extending upward to prevent material within the container from flowing outward therefrom during transitions. Such transitions may be caused by heating, transportation, or other disturbances. The precise dimensions of the container protector will vary from one embodiment to the next, and the container protector may take any shape depending on the container for which it is designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis L. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150101494
    Abstract: A portable food dehydrator having a warm vessel, a warm vessel lid having a guide opening and an assembly opening, a cover defining a cover cavity, the cover having openings and a chamber divider capable of sectioning the cover chamber into an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber, a fan assembly, a cool vessel, a sealing member, and a heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Micah Saccamanno
  • Patent number: 8997640
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system, apparatus, and method for a modular food tray system having a plurality of food trays that can be used for heating, cooling, or a combination thereof. The system can include a first food tray for heating and a second food tray for cooling, generally mounted at a different elevation from the first food tray. Alternatively, one or both of the food trays can be designed for cooling through temperature elements coupled thereto and the tray can be heated by overhead radiant heating elements for dual temperature capabilities. The first food tray can be mounted above the second food tray. The first food tray can include a thermal shield between a heating element in the first food tray and the second food tray. In other embodiments, the second food tray can be mounted above the first food tray with a thermal shield therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kitchen Equipment Fabricating Company
    Inventors: Alvis Lloyd Hartsfield, Jr., Charles Horace Camp
  • Patent number: 8997636
    Abstract: An improved food storage device for holding food items in a controlled environment, typically heated, is disclosed. The device can hold different foods under different conditions for different amounts of time. Among the improvements is an intuitive programming interface. The device may be programmed by selecting different options displayed on different displays associated with different specific food storage positions by pressing a button associated with the display displaying the option. The device may have synchronized displays allowing users to more quickly assimilate displayed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Kirby, Timothy A. Turcich, Ronald J. Dorsten, Edward P. Bridgman, Peter Rivera-Pierola
  • Publication number: 20150093487
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are heating pad assemblies for a food serving container, wherein the assemblies comprise a heating pad and a pouch configured to hold the heating pad. Also disclosed are methods for warming a food serving container comprising steps of obtaining a heating pad; heating the heating pad; placing the warm heating pad in a pouch to obtain a heating pad assembly; and placing the heating pad assembly under the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Marna June LAWS
  • Publication number: 20150059596
    Abstract: A container-processing apparatus includes a pasteurizer with plural zones, and a transport element. The zones, which follow one another in a transport direction, include a preheating set, a cooling set, and pasteurizing set. The transport element moves containers through the sets, where they are subjected to a treatment medium at different treatment temperatures. Treatment temperatures in zones in the preheating set rise in steps from zone to zone. In the pasteurizing set, treatment temperature is maintained at or above pasteurizing temperature. In the cooling set, treatment temperatures decrease in steps zone to zone. The transport element transports containers in the pasteurizer at a changeable transport speed that is subject to continuous control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Köppel, Aco Todoroski
  • Publication number: 20150034630
    Abstract: A modular heat-retaining system for keeping food warm. The system contains a plurality of induction heat retaining units, each of which forms a heat-retaining area, and further contains a common power and control unit having a common power controller and a plurality of connection interfaces for individually connecting and individually activating the induction heat-retaining units. In addition, the heat-retaining system contains one or more operating units, wherein the induction heat-retaining units contain at least one induction coil as part of an induction resonant circuit for generating an alternating magnetic field. The power and control unit contains control means for individual activation of the induction heat-retaining units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: INDUCS AG
    Inventor: Christian Fuchs
  • Patent number: 8948579
    Abstract: Provided is an infrared radiation cooker in which heat from an infrared lamp is directly applied onto food being grilled, to thus cook the upper and inner parts of the food, as well as onto a rotatable pan, to thus simultaneously cook the lower part of the food. As a result, the food cooks evenly throughout without burning or creating residual odors from above to below as well as from outer to inner, and further the rotatable pan of respectively different structures can be selected depending on an intended cooking purpose, to thereby adjust height of the rotatable pan, which changes a heat intensity, to thus vary a cooking style, and which can be used to boil, grill or roast foods as one would like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Jin-Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8939069
    Abstract: A collapsible bread dough rising box is disclosed that can be assembled for warming bread dough during rising, and then collapsed into a folded middle section held between a top member and bottom for easy transport and storage. The box can be large enough to hold a large mixing bowl or several bread pans. A multi-position switch or thermostat can be used to maintain the internal temperature at a desired value between 80 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Ventilation channels can be cooperative with the thermostat. Lights can indicate power on, heater on, desired temperature reached and/or safety mechanism activated. Hinges can connect the top member and the middle member to the bottom, for easy assembly and folding. The box is affordable for home bakers. In preferred embodiments the middle is composed of molded plastic panels and living hinges that snap together, thereby further minimizing the cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Michael W. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20150013553
    Abstract: Provided is a warming container having a heating member. The warming container having a heating member includes: a container including a first metal member that is thermally conductive and magnetic; and a heating member magnetically connected to the first metal member for transferring generated heat to the first metal member. Therefore, food can be maintained at an adequate temperature. Also, the container can be easily transported and stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Sung-Ik JUNG
  • Publication number: 20140348999
    Abstract: A machine for making and dispensing chocolate, comprising: at least one chocolate processing container; a chocolate dispenser tap connected to the processing container for allowing chocolate dispensing; at least a first mixer associated with the container for mixing the chocolate being processed; thermal treatment means associated with said at least one processing container and designed to heat and/or cool the walls of said processing container; an operating and control unit, designed to control said thermal treatment means so as to bring, in sequence in terms of time, the chocolate being processed in said at least one container; to a first, chocolate melting temperature; to a second temperature, which is lower than the first temperature; to a third temperature, which is between the second temperature and the first temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: ALI S.p.a. - CARPIGIANI GROUP
    Inventors: Andrea COCCHI, Roberto LAZZARINI
  • Publication number: 20140332520
    Abstract: A baby bottle warmer is disclosed, comprising a chamber (3) for receiving a baby bottle comprising a base (5) and side walls (6), configured so that in use the sides and base of the chamber (3) are at an angle to the surface on which the baby bottle warmer is supported. A water reservoir (11), positioned higher up than the chamber (3), feeds water into the chamber (3), by gravity, through a pipe (12). The reservoir (11) is sealed except for the pipe (12) so air may flow in the opposite direction to the water along the pipe (12) until the water level in the chamber (3) reaches the level of the outlet (15) of the pipe (12) at which point the water level is prevented from rising. When the baby bottle is inserted into the chamber (3), the water is displaced so that it forms a layer between the baby bottle and the walls (5, 6) of the chamber (3). This layer of water acts as an efficient heat transfer mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Klaas Kooijker, Theodoor Stolk, Gertrude Riette Van Der Kamp
  • Patent number: 8850969
    Abstract: An device and method are provided for steam injection heating to melt a cheese component of a food item of a food product. The device includes a housing for a steam generator and a steaming chamber. Generated steam is injected into the steaming chamber to melt the cheese component of the food item held in a container inserted into the steaming chamber. The device is configured to rest on a counter so that the counter provides an interior support surface in the steaming chamber. The counter also provides an exterior support surface for the container and a work surface. The container is inserted into the steaming chamber by sliding it on the exterior surface and is received and supported by the interior support surface. A food product having a melted cheese component is assembled, produced and packaged while the container is supported in the single plane of the counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140290502
    Abstract: A food defrosting tray includes a tray body on which a frozen food adapted to be placed. The tray body is made of metal and includes a plurality of heat transfer pieces spaced in parallel. The food defrosting tray further includes two conjunction members which engage with first and second ends of the heat transfer pieces respectively. Each conjunction member includes a plurality of sheaths made of a pliable but strong material. Two adjacent sheaths are connected to each other through a collapsible portion so that the tray body and the conjunction members are collapsible and can be rolled up for better contact with a food material and preferable defrosting capability. Moreover, the foldable tray body allows the food defrosting tray to be rolled up easily for effective storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Sekond Creative Design Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Song Tsai, Sheng-Chi Lin
  • Publication number: 20140290501
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a glaze consisting of a base unit having a vat for storing a liquid which may be heated. A crock having a housing including a bottom wall, side wall and a lid for sealing an interior of the crock. A squeezable semi-rigid bottle for storing a glazing substance. A bottle lid having a nozzle having a glazing outlet enabling glaze contained within said semi-rigid bottle to be dispensed when said semi-rigid bottle has a force applied to it thereby forcing the glaze through the nozzle and wherein the semi-rigid bottle is positioned within said crock enabling glaze stored within said bottle to maintain a liquid state for dispensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Tariq Farid, Kamran Farid, Cynthia Mockler
  • Patent number: 8844432
    Abstract: A dough conditioning apparatus for frozen dough including: an enclosure; at least one tray or conveyance for supporting at least one frozen dough piece within the enclosure; a means to direct a conditioning gas directly onto frozen dough within the enclosure; humidity and temperature sensors for respectively measuring the humidity and temperature of the conditioning gas; and a gas controller, the gas controller controlling the duration of the conditioning gas onto the frozen dough according to the output of the humidity and temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Moffat Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Eaton Willett
  • Patent number: 8839713
    Abstract: A system for pasteurizing animal food, comprising a pasteurizing unit and a cooling unit designed as a heat exchanger (3 or 3?) is disclosed. The height (H) of the heat exchanger (3 or 3?) is a multiple of the maximum width (D) thereof. A pipe is provided inside the heat exchanger (3 or 3?) as a cooling serpentine (6) which extends nearly along the entire height (H) of the heat exchanger (3 or 3?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Förster
  • Publication number: 20140261017
    Abstract: A method and device to treat liquid to reduce the amount of microorganisms in the liquid to a preselected level and/or to mitigate the growth of microorganisms are disclosed. Utilizing the method or device, liquid product is sprayed into a cavity of a reactor using a nozzle that produces a flat spray to provide means for efficient heating and treatment of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MILLISECOND TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventor: Nikolay V. Arofikin
  • Publication number: 20140272063
    Abstract: A food cabinet is provided that includes an enclosure with an access door, shelves carried by and vertically arranged within the enclosure, and a heat transfer arrangement. The heat transfer arrangement includes a pump, fluid conduits coupled with the pump and associated with the shelves of the enclosure, a primary tank, and an auxiliary tank. The primary tank is fluidly connected to the pump and contains a heat transfer medium. The auxiliary tank is coupled with the primary tank and provides make-up heat transfer medium to the primary tank. Also provided is a method of warming food using such a food cabinet that includes the steps of placing a food item on one of the shelves, heating the heat transfer medium to a temperature between 200° F. and 250° F., and pumping the heat transfer medium through the shelf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Thermodyne Foodservice Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim P. Tippman, Barry L. Tippmann
  • Patent number: 8833245
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus is provided comprising a liquid heating unit. The cooking apparatus further includes a top cover and a bottom cover disposed below the top cover, wherein one or both of the top cover and the bottom cover include one or more fluid passages for flowing heating fluid from the liquid heating unit. The cooking apparatus includes a vacuum member that is in fluid communication with a food tray disposed between the top cover and bottom cover. The cooking apparatus further includes a control system configured to direct the removal of one or more gases (e.g., air) from the food tray and circulate heating fluid through the fluid passages for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Ehsan Alipour
  • Publication number: 20140251164
    Abstract: A food preparation apparatus includes a thermal fluid reservoir formed with an internal cavity for holding a thermal transfer fluid. A fluid transfer unit circulates the thermal transfer fluid through the reservoir and through a thermal transfer unit. The thermal fluid reservoir may be formed into a food receptacle with a thermal contact surface for the reservoir coincident with a food contact surface in the receptacle. Alternatively, a food receptacle may be formed separately from the reservoir and may either attach to the thermal contact surface or may be easily removable. Embodiments may selectively heat or cool food in the food receptacle by transferring thermal energy between the thermal transfer fluid and the thermal contact surface. A setpoint temperature is accurately maintained everywhere on the thermal transfer surface to avoid hot spots or cold spots in the food receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Ehsan Alipour, Joseph Benjamin Strecker, Farshad Moinzadeh
  • Publication number: 20140238250
    Abstract: Disclosed is a microwavable heating element and thermal storage composition for the controlled storage and release of thermal energy to a thermal mass. The microwavable heating element can be used in conjunction with a warming trivet. One disclosed warming trivet includes a housing, a heating element arranged within the housing and made of a matrix material and a microwave susceptor suspended within the matrix material, and an insulation layer disposed between the heating element and the housing, the insulation layer being configured to insulate the housing from thermal energy emitted by the heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: WKI Holding Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Gephart, Rick Lugen, Randy Soibel, Steven Risser, Megan Moore, Erik Edwards, Elvin Beach
  • Publication number: 20140227402
    Abstract: A food holding cabinet for holding and keeping hot food safe and fresh at a desired temperature until ready to be served. Radiant heaters disposed in food compartment walls supply radiant heat to the interior of the food holding compartment. The radiant heat is transferred from the radiant heaters via metallic heat sink plates. The radiant heat is supplied from two vertical walls and one horizontal wall to provide a uniformity of heat distribution across all tray levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Kim Huei Tan, Sharifah Nadiah Alkadri
  • Publication number: 20140216275
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an apparatus adapted to prepare a cultured food product, such as but not limited to tempeh, from a plant material. The apparatus comprises a housing, a container and at least one heating element. The container holds the plant material, such as a soyfood substrate, and is incubated in the housing whereby the cultured food product, such as a tempeh, is formed. The housing further comprises a controlled airflow wherein the housing is adapted to allow ambient air to flow into and out of the housing during the culturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: GUNTER PFAFF
  • Publication number: 20140202341
    Abstract: A spill-resistant appliance may be constructed to prevent spilled liquids from entering a control housing and contacting electronics with the use of a first sealant preferably formed out of santoprene and a second sealant preferably formed out of a very high bond, double-sided foam tape. The first sealant and the second sealant may be used in various areas of the control housing that contains electronics for operating the appliance. The first and second sealants may also be used to help attach the control housing to other components of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Western Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Jonovic, William H. Punzel, Robert E. Fredrick
  • Publication number: 20140190358
    Abstract: A flatware item for thermally melting a food product includes a metal body (10), a low-temperature-evaporable circulation fluid (20), and a reflux medium (30). The metal body (10) has a vacuum chamber (100), a hand holding portion (11), and a food contacting portion (12). The circulation fluid (20) is filled in the vacuum chamber (100), whereby the circulation fluid (20) absorbs external energy through the hand holding portion (11) and vaporizes, and the vaporized circulation fluid (20) flows to the food contacting portion (12). The reflux medium (30) is spread on the inner wall of the vacuum chamber (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: CHAUN-CHOUNG TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Cheng-Tu WANG, Pang-Hung LIAO
  • Patent number: 8763521
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that maintains an optional heated environment in addition to a humid environment in an interior thereof such that one or more edible items may be stored therein with properties of the one or more edible items maintained in a desirable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: David Bois
  • Publication number: 20140178539
    Abstract: A method of defrosting a food item, including: monitoring a temperature of a first part of a first food item; and controlling a surrounding temperature of the first food item in dependence on said monitored temperature. The controlling includes: decreasing the surrounding temperature of the first food item, using an unheated fluid having a temperature less than the surrounding temperature of the first food item, when the surrounding temperature is greater than a target surrounding temperature for a given temperature of the first part. Embodiments also relate to a control system, apparatus and a computer program product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: NEW ENGLAND SEAFOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD
    Inventor: NEW ENGLAND SEAFOOD INTERNATIONAL LTD
  • Patent number: 8759722
    Abstract: A baby feeding apparatus for the preparation and warming of infant formula with audio instructions includes a baby bottle having a well and an electrical probe for insertion into the well for heating the contents of the bottle. The apparatus also includes a reservoir for containing a supply of heated fluids such as water for maintaining the temperature of the infant formula and a visual and audio indicator to advise an individual when the temperature of the formula is appropriate for feeding a child. A brush for cleaning the bottle and a cover for the apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Abeer Abdullah Bolbanat
  • Publication number: 20140157998
    Abstract: A rethermalizing station includes a well defined by an exterior wall, a food pan configured to be inserted into the well and to hold a food item, a first induction coil surrounding the exterior wall of the well, the first induction coil configured to warm the food item via inductive heating of the food pan, a first temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the food pan, and a control unit coupled to the first induction coil and the first temperature sensor, the control unit configured to control the first induction coil in response to the temperature of the food pan detected by the first temperature sensor such that temperature of the food pan is maintained at a targeted temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter Roever, Yang Wang, John Wojcik
  • Patent number: 8742305
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for thermally treating flowable materials using electromagnetic radiation, and foods and materials obtained thereby. Also provided are methods of continuous flow thermal treatment of biomaterials, apparatuses for performing the same, and products prepared using the methods and/or apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: North Carolina State University, Industrial Microwave Systems, L.L.C., The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Josip Simunovic, Kenneth R. Swartzel, Van-Den Truong, Gary Cartwright, Pablo Coronel, Kandiyan Puthalath Sandeep, David Parrott
  • Publication number: 20140144334
    Abstract: A system includes an oven and an apparatus configured for holding at least one food item and being inserted in a cavity of the oven through an open end of the cavity. A baffle provided on the oven or apparatus has a height extending between the peripheral rim and an upper wall of the oven cavity for restricting flow of gas out of the cavity from the apparatus. Various forms of baffles may be used. The baffles may have adjustable, interchangeable, fixed position, or other configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Duke Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Robert J. Reese, Christopher Seay Green, Ralph Lee Macy, Steven M. Shei, Philip Tiberio
  • Patent number: 8733237
    Abstract: Apparatus manufactures thin confectionery products with uniform shapes and has first and second drying apparatuses between shape cutting and baking apparatuses for adjusting water content of raw dough pieces. The first drying apparatus has upper and lower levels, the upper level having conveyor belts at plural stages for transporting the dough pieces under hot air atmosphere and the lower level having conveyor belt for cooling, and conveyor belt for maturing the cooled pieces. The second drying apparatus has atmosphere at lower temperature than the first drying apparatus and plural rotary drums each having an inlet and an outlet and being rotatably mounted in the second apparatus. A chute transports the raw dough pieces from uppermost to lowermost ones of the rotary drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Arai Foods Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiichi Arai
  • Patent number: 8729429
    Abstract: A heated food storage and display cabinet including a flow inducer and heater arranged in an upper region thereof, the flow inducer being operable to draw air from an upper portion of the cabinet, to direct the air over the heater, and subsequently urge the heated air down the rear wall of the cabinet and across the floor of the cabinet towards the open front of the cabinet. The heated air is subsequently directed upwardly and rearwardly across the open front of the cabinet by an airflow direction member of the cabinet so as to provide a heated air curtain across the open front of the cabinet, and a portion of the heated air is also passed into the cabinet as the heated air moves down the rear wall and across the floor so as to pass over and around packs of food stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Alan Nuttall Limited
    Inventors: Alan David Nuttall, Michael James Steele, Gareth Richardson