By Isolating A Fluid Constituent Patents (Class 99/495)
  • Patent number: 10780663
    Abstract: The following pertains to a horizontally-situated high capacity rosin press capable of applying heat and pressure in a chamber to extract and collect rosin from inserted plant materials. The extracted rosin is capable of being collected via gravity-induced drainage, eliminating the need for manual separation of rosin and remaining plant materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Aaron Levine
  • Patent number: 10646063
    Abstract: Disclosed is a horizontal juice extractor (100) comprising a main body delimiting a food processing chamber (110) comprising a juice outlet (140), a food entry section (112) having a food inlet (130) and a food compression section (114) extending from the food entry section and having a food pulp outlet (150); a spindle (120) extending through the food processing chamber for transporting food from the food entry section through the food compression section, said spindle comprising a body (122) and a helical member (123) extending from said body; and a drivetrain (160) adapted to rotate the spindle, wherein the food compression section (114) is located in between the food entry section (112) and said drivetrain (160). The food entry section (112) comprises said juice outlet (140) at or near a distal end of said main body relative to the drivetrain, wherein the juice outlet (140) is vertically displaced relative to the food inlet (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Sedlmaier, Mart Kornelis-Jan Te Velde, Stefan Toonen, Christian Mikula, Juergen Holzbauer, Kien-Vu Do
  • Patent number: 10478018
    Abstract: A juicer comprises a base part, a juicer body, a strainer, a threaded cutter and a feed inlet, wherein the strainer is arranged within the juicer body, the juicer body is covered over with the feed inlet and a squeezing chamber is formed between the feed inlet and the strainer, and a buffer chamber is formed between the upper portion of the threaded cutter and the lower portion of the feed inlet; a pivot joint is arranged at the top of the screw body and is pivotally connected to the inner surface of the lower portion of the feed inlet, and the upper portion of the screw body from bottom to top is tapered at first and then broadened to form a radial projecting top. The juicer has increased squeezing efficiency and juice yield, and avoids accumulation of squeezed food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Meiyi Le
  • Patent number: 10349773
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser is provided. The beverage dispenser can include a bar gun holster, a bar gun cradle, an armature, and a cartridge nest having a receiving portion for receiving a portion of a single serve beverage ingredient cartridge. The device can include a puncturing device to puncture the cartridge thereby releasing the beverage ingredient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: William Segiet, Vikas Sharma, Maher Nachawati
  • Patent number: 10016095
    Abstract: A salad spinner includes an outer bowl configured to hold an inner basket. The bowl and basket are each configured with a central post supported by a base structure having a pillar and a piston. A helical screw positioned within the pillar engages a drive shaft within the piston in order to rotate the drive shaft as the piston moves upward and downward with respect to the pillar. A spring biases the piston in the upward position to enable reciprocal telescoping movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Hauser, Jennifer K. Cotter, Cole Dalton
  • Patent number: 9937469
    Abstract: The present invention relates to separation of desired target products from biological, plant, and waste-type material, wherein the desired target products include renewable fuels such as ethanol, biobutanol, and biodiesel, wherein the separation is conducted with a cross-flow filtration system having the ability to separate desired products from both non-viscous and viscous medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Todd Benson, Kim Davis, Jason Bell, James Kacmar
  • Patent number: 9451844
    Abstract: The invention includes a tubular elongated body with suction openings determining a filter, intended to be inserted into the fruit, the tubular elongated body being provided with a device for grinding the pulp of the fruit, an insertion stop and a top opening, the top opening ending in a coupling arrangement of a juice-dispensing member, such as a spraying head, a brush or a drop-by-drop juice-dispensing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Lekue, SL
    Inventors: Jordi Olucha Soler, Alberto Arza Moncunill
  • Patent number: 9198541
    Abstract: An herb grinder is provided. The herb grinder has a top portion and upper chamber wherein herbs and similar materials may be ground. Further, the herb grinder has a spout, allowing ground herbs and materials to exit the grinder without separating the parts of the grinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jeff Smith
  • Patent number: 9089243
    Abstract: A drive assembly is provided. The drive assembly includes a gear housing comprising a support surface for a hand of a user, a gear drive mechanism disposed within the gear housing, and a handle member disposed on the gear housing proximate to the support surface. The gear drive mechanism includes a first drive gear rotatable about a first axis of rotation and engaged to the handle member, a second drive gear rotatable about a second axis of rotation, and a driven member engaged to the implement and driven by the second drive gear about a third axis of rotation that extends through the support surface. The driven member is disposed at least partially outside of the gear housing and is driven only when the handle member is moved from an unfired position to a fired position. The handle member does not cross the third axis of rotation during such movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: Columbia Insurance Company, Leifheit AG
    Inventors: E. Mark Harris, Markus Klotz
  • Patent number: 9027471
    Abstract: The current invention discloses a food-drying device that includes a container, a drying assembly having a plurality of bores, and a drive mechanism. The drying assembly is disposed in the container and is capable of being rotated relative to the container. The drive mechanism rotates the drying assembly relative to the container. The drive mechanism includes a reciprocating handle movable between a first position and a second position along a linear direction, and a conversion mechanism for converting reciprocating movement of the reciprocating handle to rotary motion of the drying assembly from force supplied by a user to actuate the reciprocating handle moving from the first position to the second position, and from force supplied by the user to actuate the reciprocating handle moving from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Golden Choice Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan Kit Chan, Chung Ming Chan
  • 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: 20150075392
    Abstract: A food processing apparatus has a housing, an internal basket and a drive mechanism on the housing for rotating the basket to process food (e.g., spinning water from food) in the housing. The drive mechanism has an operating lever, a gearwheel arranged to be rotated by the lever and the basket for rotating the basket, and a centrifugal clutch located between the lever and the gearwheel for transmitting a rotational drive force from the lever to the gearwheel. A brake mechanism on the housing has a braking member for frictional engagement with the gearwheel to stop rotation of the basket. The drive mechanism may rotate the basket selectively in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Shun So
  • Patent number: 8961786
    Abstract: A food container, comprising: a curved bottom; an opening in the bottom; a track connected to the bottom and adjacent the opening; a door slideable within the track, configured to encompass and occlude the opening in the bottom. When the door is opened, contents contained in the food container are pulled through the opening under the influence of gravity, and out of the food container without the need to rotate the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Lesia Marie Farmer
  • Patent number: 8955428
    Abstract: A juice extractor includes a strainer tube mounted to receive juice and pulp of a fruit. An orifice tube reciprocates within the strainer tube and has an ejection port and is configured to generate pressure and separate juice and pulp, collect core, and discharge core out of the ejection port. A sensor is positioned adjacent the orifice tube and configured to sense material ejected from the ejection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Suter, Jose D. Milla, David S. Danner
  • Patent number: 8893613
    Abstract: A dryer barrel basket may include a body with a mesh surface. The dryer barrel basket may also include a door positioned proximate a bottom portion of the dryer barrel basket. The dryer barrel basket may further include a hinge which may be sized and configured to allow the door to rotate between an open and closed position. In addition, the dryer barrel basket may include a locking mechanism that is configured to secure the door to the mesh body in a closed position and allow the door to be disposed in an open position using an opening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: F.I.R.M., Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus R. Oropeza, Carlos Carrasco, Guillermo Villa Pasos
  • Publication number: 20140338546
    Abstract: A salad spinner has a support frame with a receiving aperture. A colander is supported by the support frame in the receiving aperture for rotation about an axis of rotation. A removable drive assembly is removably coupled to the support frame and colander, and the removable drive assembly includes an actuator to transmit a driving input applied to the actuator to rotate the colander. A fan having a plurality of angled blades is mechanically coupled to the actuator to force air into the colander.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy C. Repp, Thomas B. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140283692
    Abstract: A food spinner has a housing including a cover, a basket supported in the housing for rotation, a drive mechanism supported by the cover for rotating the basket, and a brake mechanism supported by the housing for braking the basket and stopping rotation of the basket. The brake mechanism has an operator for manual operation of the brake mechanism, and a braking member movable by the operator from an inoperative position to an operative position directly engaging the basket for braking the basket by friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Shun So
  • Publication number: 20140261018
    Abstract: A food processing device that manually operates for rotating a drive mechanism where a spring is used to create potential energy when the spring is pulled by a handle and to impart rotation to the drive mechanism when the handle is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Katz Design Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Katz, Sylvain Duchesne
  • Patent number: 8826812
    Abstract: A juice extraction module for a juicer is provided, which includes a container formed with a juice discharge port; a sieve positioned inside of the container; a screw positioned inside of the sieve to extract juice from a material; a lid coupled to a top end of the container and formed with an input portion through which the material is input; and a safety cover rotatably installed to a main input opening of a top end of the input portion to be movable between a first position and a second position. The safety cover includes a first cover portion erected to open the main input opening in the first position and closing the main input opening in the second position; and a second cover portion formed integrally with the first cover portion, the second cover portion moving the safety cover to the second position when the second cover portion is pushed by a downward applied force from the first position, whereby the first cover portion blocks the main input opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: NUC Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 8820225
    Abstract: A juice processing apparatus includes a concentrator for generating at least one concentrated pulp stream, and a pulp pasteurizer coupled downstream from the concentrator. A flow restrictor is coupled in the at least one concentrated pulp stream for generating a pressure drop therein. The pressure drop is indicative of a concentration of pulp in the at least one concentrated pulp stream. At least one pressure sensor is associated with the flow restrictor for sensing the pressure drop. A controller is for controlling the concentrator based upon the sensed pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter, David S. Danner
  • Patent number: 8820226
    Abstract: A juice processing system includes at least one fluid line for a concentrated pulp stream, and a flow restrictor coupled in fluid communication with the at least one fluid line for generating a pressure drop in the concentrated pulp stream indicative of a concentration of pulp therein. The system may further include at least one pressure sensor associated with the flow restrictor for sensing the pressure drop, and a controller coupled to the at least one pressure sensor for generating at least one control signal based upon the sensed pressure drop. The control signal may be for an upstream and/or a downstream control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jose D. Milla, Gregory W. Schrader, Michael L. Suter, David S. Danner
  • Publication number: 20140231343
    Abstract: A combined citrus press and zester. The citrus press is of a known type, and includes an upper handle and a lower handle joined at a forward pivot point. The lower handle includes a cup sized to receive a halved citrus fruit, such as a lemon or lime. The upper handle includes a male die which mates with said cup to compress and thus juice the halved fruit. To save material and weight, the male die is formed as relatively constant thickness, which results in a depression on the opposite, outer side of the upper handle. The citrus zester includes a body with a grating blade received or formed therein. The inner side of the body has a collar extending therefrom and surrounding the blade. This collar is sized to be received within the depression formed in the upper handle of the citrus press. The collar may be sized and formed such that the zester may be selectively mounted to the press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Jalet
  • Publication number: 20140224137
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for extracting juice from a previously de-juiced fruit mass which as been pressed within a primary press, the previously de-juiced fruit mass being discharged from the primary press and then being broken-up and mixed externally of the primary press, and then pressed again preferably by using a secondary thin layer repressing press which permits the repressed press cake to be quickly and easily loaded and emptied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Dale Wettlaufer, Eric Wettlaufer, Richard Hess
  • Publication number: 20140227416
    Abstract: A container facilitating addition of on-demand juice into the container without modal conversion of the container to activate a juicing accessory. A juicer-enabled container includes a base container having a closed surface wherein a portion of the closed surface defines an opening; a juicer adapted to engage the portion of the closed surface, the juicer including one or more juicing elements that extract a quantity of juice from an object interacting with the one or more juicing elements and further including one or more apertures communicating the quantity of juice into the base container; and a first closure, repeatedly engageable with and disengageable from the portion of the closed surface, sealing the opening while the juicer is engaged with the portion of the closed surface and while the juicer is engaged in a juice-extracting configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Genimex Jersey Ltd.
    Inventors: David Dennys Chitayat, Heather Tomasetti, Pieter Schouten
  • Publication number: 20140212560
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for centrifuging at least one food product comprising at least one conveyance means (7, 7a, 7b) and at least one centrifuge element (9a, 9b) having an interior space (15a, 15b) to receive the food product and being adapted to be spun around a first rotational axis, wherein the food product is conveyable into the internal space via the conveyance means, wherein the conveyance means is at least partly insertable into and extricable out of the interior space, as well as a method for centrifuging at least one food product, especially utilizing an inventive device, wherein the food product is conveyed to at least one centrifuge element, having an interior space to receive the food product and being adapted to be spun around a first rotational axis, by at least one conveyance means, wherein furthermore the food product is conveyed to and/or from the centrifuge element such that it is transferred to the conveyance means, transferred from one element of the conveyance means to anothe
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Mirko Loehn, Erik Van Loon
  • Patent number: 8783171
    Abstract: A juice extractor is adapted to squeeze juice from oranges and similar kinds of fruits. The juice extractor includes a juice extractor base and a juice squeezing wheel rotatably disposed on the juice extractor base. An arcuate concave surface is formed on an upper portion of the juice extractor base. The juice squeezing wheel has an involute outer surface. A crushing space is defined between the juice squeezing wheel and the concave surface of the juice extractor base for receiving a half-cut fruit. When the juice squeezing wheel rotates, the half-cut fruit in the crushing space is crushed to produce fruit juice. The juice extractor can squeeze juice electrically, is structurally simple and is convenient to be washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Yi-Hsuan Lin
  • Patent number: 8763522
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the field of kitchen implements, specifically a kitchen implement for separating the solid portion of gravy from the liquid portion and then dispersing the liquid portion of the gravy through an opening in the bottom of the implement. A handle, release lever, and valve are provided to allow distribution and portion control of the gravy while the implement is in an upright and vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Magellan Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Andre Dean Cloutier, Debra Lynne Sasken-Duff, Adriana Phillips
  • Patent number: 8752480
    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: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Milne Fruit Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. DeJong, Eric A. Johnson, David L. Luther, Gordon R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8689682
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for separating materials of different flowability that are mixed together, comprising a housing having side walls, a hollow drum driven rotationally and mounted on the side walls and having a perforated peripheral surface M, an endless compression belt that can be pressed against the peripheral surface M from the outside, wrapping around a portion of the circumference of the hollow drum, a product intake wedge for feeding a product flow, a supporting apparatus for the compression belt having at least one support element disposed on the side of the compression belt opposite the hollow drum, and a stripping means for stripping off the compressed material from the hollow drum, which is distinguished in that the stripping means is disposed in the area of the product intake wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nordischermaschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rose, Theo-Martin Schaarschmidt, Christian Denker
  • Patent number: 8679562
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method of preventing oxygen from contacting coconut water during extraction from a coconut, the method including: penetrating the shell of a coconut with a probe, the probe further having a gas inlet and an egress port, the coconut further including a coconut water; injecting a gas under pressure into the coconut through the gas inlet; and allowing at least the gas pressure to effectuate the coconut water transfer, by way of the egress port, from the coconut to an oxygen free collection vessel. Additional embodiments of the present invention include conveying the coconut to a coconut water extraction point, placing the coconut in a chamber and removing oxygen from around the coconut, macerating the coconut to form a composting material, and processing the coconut from a mobile platform proximate the coconut groves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Nilang Patel
  • Publication number: 20140060344
    Abstract: An apparatus for squeezing liquid from an opened can of tuna is provided. The apparatus comprises a cylindrical base container for receiving an opened can, a top plate for placing over the opened can, and a compression element for squeezing the top plate into the opened can. As the top plate is squeezed into the opened can, the packing liquid is squeezed out through a gap between an edge of the top plate and an inside circumference of the opened can.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph E. Saunders
  • Publication number: 20140020573
    Abstract: A garlic press includes a grip member and a crush member pivotally connected with the grip member. The grip member includes a housing body and an upper handle extended backward from the housing body. The housing body is adapted for accommodating garlic. The crush member includes a crush body which can be movably inserted into the housing body for crushing the garlic into mash. The garlic press may further include a cleaning device which is coupled on a bottom portion of the housing body for cleaning out the garlic mash remained on the housing body. Further, the pivotal point of the garlic press is disposed close to a middle portion of the garlic press structure to make the garlic press to be convenient for using.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tung-Hsien Lee
  • Patent number: 8631741
    Abstract: The machine has a single body (1) which integrates mixers (4) in correspondence with containers (3) which contain the paste, a centrifuge (7) equipped with housings (11) designed to house in individualized manner and in radial arrangement each one of the containers (3) which contain the already mixed paste, means of pumping (12, 16, 17) or pressing which exerts a pressure on the liquid produced after the centrifugation, and a filter (14) positioned after the means of pumping (12, 16, 17) for the definitive production of the oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mediterranea Identitat, S.L.
    Inventors: Amador Marquez Gomez, Telm Costa Escoda
  • Patent number: 8621990
    Abstract: A household appliance has a container for receiving working material and a housing that is isolated from the container by a wall. A rotatable working tool disposed inside the container. A motor for driving the working tool has a stator and a rotor. The stator is disposed within the housing so as to be isolated from the working material of the container. The rotor is disposed within the container and the working tool is preferably fixed to a shaft of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: Chuan Hui Fang, Li Sheng Liu, Yue Li, Liang Guan
  • Patent number: 8616123
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided and, in one example embodiment, includes a plurality of holes occupying a center region of the apparatus. The apparatus also includes a perimeter that surrounds the holes such that an end user can grasp the perimeter when utilizing the apparatus. An object may be placed in contact with the holes and the perimeter folded inward toward the center region such that twisting of the apparatus extracts liquid from the object. In more specific embodiments, the holes are substantially equidistant from each other or staggered. The apparatus can be square in shape. In still other embodiments, the apparatus includes a recessed cavity, where the object is placed in the cavity before the twisting operation occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Stephanie E. Sheena
  • Publication number: 20130344209
    Abstract: An eggshell extraction utensil for selecting, isolating and removing eggshell fragments from a viscous fluid such as egg whites in a container. The utensil includes a handle, strainer portion and lip. The shape of the strainer portion is designed to maximize contact with a container edge and provide ease of use for the intended purpose. A lip extends from the strainer portion to more easily capture eggshell portions. By using the utensil, one may easily extract eggshell fragments during the preparation of certain recipes that require egg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Clifford W. Heinrich
  • Patent number: 8613250
    Abstract: An angled frying pan stand that includes a truncated cylindrical tilt stand rotatably disposed upon a generally circular base, the tilt stand having a bottom side and an upper surface, the upper surface disposed at an acute angle relative the bottom side, each of a pair of side supports retractably extendable upon an extendible track portion disposed on a sidewall, with a first holding edge and a second holding edge configured to support an extant frying pan at an angle upon the top surface, the angled frying pan stand including a strainer piece removably attachable over the rim of a frying pan to partition a segment of the frying pan wherein grease may collect under the influence of gravity separated from any foodstuffs in the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Brian A. Pruitt, Maleeia T. Pruitt
  • Patent number: 8578844
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for processing system foodstuff are shown and described. Food processing systems can hold and prepare food for consumption. The disclosed embodiments provide a drive mechanism that utilizes a contoured surface between a ratchet wheel and a drive mechanism that rotates the ratchet wheel to move the ratchet wheel toward and in engagement with a drive wheel for initiating rotation of the drive wheel and to disengage the ratchet wheel from the drive wheel to allow the drive wheel to rotate freely. The drive wheel is configured to couple to a processing component of the processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Chef'n Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Holcomb, Adam A. Jossem
  • Patent number: 8578845
    Abstract: A safe and convenient cherry pitting device that includes a freestanding detachable base, a fruit support and pitter passthrough unit and a pitter containment cone. The unit is adapted for vertical mounting on the base. Further, the unit defines axially aligned top and bottom openings and one or more side openings. The pitter containment cone generally has a cone shaped outer surface including one or more walls defining a central cavity with a top closed end and a bottom open end for placement over the unit. The cone also includes a pitter bit that projects vertically downward within the top closed end of the cone in axial alignment with the top and bottom openings of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Talisman Design, LLC
    Inventor: Katherine Waymire
  • Patent number: 8549995
    Abstract: A hand-held, manually operated seed shucking appliance enables a food preparer to remove the seed coverings of black-eyed peas from their kernels. A spring and piston inside a chamber are arranged to compress a load of pre-soaked black-eyed peas against a shuttle rasp threaded between side slots. As a user manipulates the shuttle rasp, the shucks are scraped off the seeds by a scraping surface and both pass through the side slots. The piston is configured to be cocked back such that the chamber can be loaded through one end with a fresh charge of black-eyed peas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Olajire Idowu
  • Publication number: 20130255511
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for processing fruit or vegetables in order to obtain a flowable mass, such as juice or puree and includes a receptacle, an extraction unit for mechanically extracting juice and pulp from the fruit or vegetables, the unit being located within the receptacle for discharging the juice and pulp into the receptacle, a motor unit, drivingly connected to the extraction unit, an outlet unit for collecting flowable mass from the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Novissa Haushaltgeråte AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Steiner
  • Publication number: 20130255510
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes an electric meat drainer for removing FOG from a meat product. The electric meat drainer includes a container. The container is configured to retain a meat product and allow FOG to freely exit the container. The electric meat drainer also includes a press. The press is configured to move relative to the container and apply pressure to the meat product within the container, where the pressure separates FOG from the meat product, allowing the FOG to exit the container. The electric meat drainer further includes a motor, where the motor is configured to move the press relative to the container. The electric meat drainer additionally includes a FOG container, where the FOG container is configured to receive the FOG which exits the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Linda Kassis
  • Patent number: 8534189
    Abstract: Compact machine for making cheese, other milk-derivatives and tofu comprising a shell (1) in which an impermeable basin (3) is inserted, a collecting container (2) in which a permeable basket (6) is inserted for collecting the product and a support structure comprising a lower base member (10) having two side arms (8). The machine comprises, furthermore, a motor (7) integral to the shell (1) for operating a stirring member (5), and heating means (4) adapted to heat to various temperature the content of the basin (3). The basin (3) and the permeable basket (6) are open and coupled with respect to each other, in a releasable way, one against the another. The coupled basin (3) and the permeable basket (6) are adapted to be integrally rotated, in order to be moved alternatively between a first position (A), where the basin (3) is down and the basket (6) is up, and a second position, where the basket (6) is down and the basin (3) is up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Riccardo Pavero
  • Patent number: 8534190
    Abstract: A food press, for example a garlic press, has a first handle with an accommodation space for the food. The first handle is, via an openable pivot, connected to a second handle which has a press plate. The food press further has a comminutor unit with a perforated plate which, in a position of use, is adjacent the accommodation space and through which the food is pressed. According to the present invention, the comminutor unit is, at opposing ends, connected via a first and second non-openable pivot, to the first and the second handles, respectively. The openable pivot includes recesses on the first handle and pins, which are insertable in the recesses on the second handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Linden International AB
    Inventors: Daniel Ericsson, Mikael Ericsson, Fredrik Hanson, Johan Vestberg
  • Patent number: 8528471
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new and improved colander, a kitchen utensil comprised for washing vegetables and fruits thorough and in larger quantity. The dip and drain canister colander comprising of perforated stainless steel wire, manufactured, is suitable for washing vegetables and fruits. The perforated holes are diamond shaped holes arranged in order, connected together being alike, that extents within the entire colander. The upright container is a four sided figure, a square base, the opening area is the same equivalent as the base. The colander has the quality of being deep, a distance between the top and base, a removable lid, a small knob centered on the outer surface of the lid and a pull on the upper back of the colander to clutch with hand. A thorough washing is attained by performing the Maneuver Techniques, which is done repeatedly until desirable results are achieved, with changing waters, the debris will diminish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Dorothy Jean Nelson
  • Patent number: 8511225
    Abstract: An automatic juicer turns and pushes an upward facing juicing cone into a fruit for releasing and collecting juice. The juicer includes a base containing a motor, gear and shaft assembly which rises as a unit with the juicing cone. A fixed guide extends upward from the base and inner and outer shafts reside inside the fixed guide and are driven by the motor and gear assembly to rotate and advance the juicing cone into the fruit. The juicing cone, strainer and a bowl release and catch the juice. The outer shaft includes threads to vertically advance and retreat the outer and inner shafts when the outer shaft turns. The inner shaft rises with the outer shaft and lifts and rotates the juicing cone, thereby releasing juice from the fruit. The bowl is fixed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Adrian Rivera
  • Patent number: 8505740
    Abstract: A solid-liquid separator using a roller system includes a casing, rollers disposed within the casing and each provided with a screen that is formed in an outer periphery thereof with plural pores, a supply device disposed outside the rollers for supplying into the casing under appropriate pressure a solid-liquid mixture to be separated into a solid component via the plural pores and a liquid component filtered inside, a casing wall disposed adjacent to the rollers after the solid-liquid mixture supplied with the supply device is passed through the rollers rotated, a discharge window formed in the casing wall for discharging the solid component, and a pressure application lid formed on the casing wall for stably applying prescribed pressure in a direction of closing the discharge window with a pressure application device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Takai Tofu & Soymilk Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Toichiro Takai, Satoshi Ueda, Toru Awazu, Motonari Amano, Kenji Kasama, Masahiro Yoshida, Masaaki Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20130202751
    Abstract: The apparatus for treating plant tissues using a pulsed electric field is intended for the extraction of plant substances from tissues, in particular a juice. It comprises a step of compacting (3) the plant tissues and at least one treatment chamber (4) comprising means for the generating a pulsed electric field in said chamber for treating the compacted tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Maguin SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Pierre Vidal, Eugene Vorobiev
  • Publication number: 20130171312
    Abstract: Processing of a bulk liquid including particles, including use of a rotating strainer surface with openings disposed on a circumference thereof, the openings allowing an extracted liquid in the bulk liquid to pass through the strainer surface while preventing particles from passing through the strainer surface, such that a concentration of particles in the extracted liquid is less than in the bulk liquid; an extracted liquid outflow port which outputs the extracted liquid from an interior region of the rotating strainer surface; and a motor configured to rotate the strainer surface at a speed sufficient to generate a centrifugal force or turbulence at the openings sufficient to prevent the particles from clogging the openings, wherein the strainer surface is rotated and the extracted liquid is output through the extracted liquid outflow port when the strainer surface is fully submerged in the bulk liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: SPX ADV DANMARK A/S
    Inventors: Michael Franklin Jørgensen, Klaus Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20130160658
    Abstract: A refrigerated automatic distributor (51) for juices extracted from fresh fruits (53) comprising a fruit or vegetable stocking store (52), a juice extraction device (54) for extracting juice from fruits or vegetables, a fruit moving mechanism for moving the fruits or vegetables between the stocking store and the extraction device, a mouth (26) of access to a container (33) for the juice and an electronic control unit (31). The distributor (51) further comprises a sealing device (41) for sealing the container (33) with the juice extracted and to be dispensed and in which the electronic control unit (31) is provided for activating the sealing device (41) on request of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Salvatore Torrisi, Mario Venticinque