And A Centrifugal Extractor Patents (Class 99/511)
  • Patent number: 11363903
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Alan Backus
  • Patent number: 11083210
    Abstract: A fruit and vegetable juicing device having a feed tube, a juice collector and a grating disc carrying a frusto-conical sieve, the grating disc having a first array of grating teeth, a secondary processing surface with a second array of grating teeth; each tooth having one leading edge and one trailing edge, wherein the juice collector has either an internal helical ramp with an elevated discharge nozzle or a circumferential trough having a lowest point that leads to a discharge nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BREVILLE PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Nicholas Edmonds, Khon Thai, Samuel Adeloju
  • Patent number: 10499758
    Abstract: A modular sieve (100) for a juicing apparatus is disclosed that comprises a first module (110) comprising a pattern of first protrusions (112) having first edge regions (113); and a second module (120) comprising a pattern of second protrusions (122) having second edge regions (123) for adjoining neighbouring first edge regions when the first module is engaged with the second module, wherein each first edge region and an adjoining second edge region delimit a plurality of apertures (150) for passing juice. A juicing apparatus including such a modular sieve is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Juergen Holzbauer, Stefan Sauer
  • Patent number: 10349771
    Abstract: Described is a device for producing beverages, compatible with any handheld domestic blender, which enables producing beverages either by crushing a solid element from which the juice is extracted and at the same time filtering the same or, enabling mixing a solid element with a liquid one at the same time that it is being filtered, the device including at least one filtering beaker, a pestle for inserting into the filtering beaker, and structure for holding the filtering beaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Andoni Monforte Duart
  • Patent number: 10306910
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a juicer comprising a screw is arranged inside a net drum, and a rotary brush placed between an inner wall of a housing and an outer wall of the net drum, wherein a screw coupling protrusion or a screw coupling groove is formed on the upper part of the screw and a rotary brush coupling groove or a rotary brush coupling protrusion is formed on the upper part of the rotary brush such that the screw coupling protrusion and the rotary brush coupling groove are coupled or the screw coupling groove and the rotary brush coupling protrusion are coupled in such a manner that the rotary brush is directly rotated by the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Young Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 10219646
    Abstract: The appliance includes a chute for admitting food in a downward direction; a screw for processing foods leaving the chute, which is centered on an axis and includes an upper stage, provided with a sweeper acting on the foods leaving the chute to fragment them, and a separate lower stage to drive food fragments coming from the upper stage of the screw downward and press them; a chamber for receiving the screw, which is substantially centered on the axis and which includes an upper part, connected to the outlet of the chute to receive the foods leaving the chute and surrounding the upper stage of the screw, and a lower part, surrounding the lower stage of the screw to separate the juice from the food fragments when the latter are pressed by the lower stage of the screw; and a driving system including an electric motor for driving the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SANTOS
    Inventors: Nicolas Fouquet, Cedric Gelin
  • Patent number: 9980595
    Abstract: Device for preparing a beverage from a beverage ingredient contained in a receptacle (17) by driving the receptacle in centrifugation comprising: —a holding part (16) arranged for holding the receptacle in a position enabling it to be driven in rotation along a longitudinal axis of rotation (I), —a liquid interfacing part (8) arranged for supplying water in the receptacle and/or extracting the beverage from the receptacle, —a collecting part (44) for collecting the beverage obtained by the interaction between the ingredient and water in the receptacle, wherein the holding part and liquid interfacing part (8, 16) are connected together by connection means in such a manner that these parts (8, 16) rotate together with the receptacle during centrifugation, wherein the connection means comprise at least a first engaging surface (48; 86) of the holding part (16) and a second engaging surface (23; 87) of the liquid interfacing part (8) engaged in contact together during connection in a manner preventing the holding
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Jarisch, Stefan Etter, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 9888802
    Abstract: The present application relates to a centrifugal separator for separating fruit or vegetable juice from fruit or vegetable pulp. The centrifugal separator comprises a body (22) configured to rotate about a central axis (24), a chamber (28) formed by the body (22) for receiving pulp and juice, and an elongate aperture (29) defined by and extending arcuately around the body (22). Therefore juice in the chamber (28) is urged to flow through the aperture (29) when the body (22) is rotated about the central axis. The present application also relates to a juicer for extracting fruit and or vegetable juice from fruit or vegetable pulp comprising a centrifugal separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Juergen Holzbauer, Theodoor Stolk, Klaas Kooijker, Heimo Obersteiner, Haley Danielle Watson, Andreas Jacobus Louis Nijsen, Gertrude Riette Van Der Kamp, Jasper Boter, Marjan Willeke Esther Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 9839233
    Abstract: A food preparation appliance including a housing containing a sieve having an inner perforated surface for extracting fruits and vegetables into liquids and solid particles, a source of rotatable power for rotating the sieve, and a manually operated cleaning device for removing pulp of food particles from the perforated surface of the sieve. The cleaning device includes a cleaning implement having a first position normally biased into a non-engaged position from the perforated surface and a second position when the cleaning device is operated to an engaged position against the perforated surface. The cleaning implement is biased against the perforated surface in the second position using a biasing member configured to maintain constant engagement of the cleaning implement against the perforated surface while the sieve is rotated. In an embodiment, the biasing member is a coil wave spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: George T. Hardin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9565872
    Abstract: A juicer and a blender share a common base. The juicer and blender may share a common motor. The juicer has a spout that discharges into the blender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Breville Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Corkin, Stephen John McClean, Scott Brady, Richard Hoare, Vyvyan Rose, Tristan Brega, Gerard Andrew White, Khon Thai, Jarred Twigg, Simon James Chalk
  • 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: 9016196
    Abstract: A fruit and vegetable juicer has a motor above which is a filter basket that is surrounded by a collection chamber. A feed tube is supported above the filter basket and is integral with a lid to the collection chamber. In preferred embodiments, the separation chamber comprises a central liquid collection portion and a pulp collection portion that surrounds it. In particularly preferred embodiments, the inside diameter of the interior sidewall that separates the pulp collection chamber from the juice collection chamber is tapered toward a central axis of rotation. The smaller diameter end of the sidewall is adjacent to an upper rim of the filter basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventor: Keith James Hensel
  • Publication number: 20150101495
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Alan L. Backus
  • Patent number: 8939070
    Abstract: There is provided a juicer for extracting juice from fruits and vegetables comprising a lower base, an upper base, a top cover with a hollow cylindrical feeding tube, a grating-disk and mesh filter assembly, a pulp collector, and a pusher. The upper base is mounted on a lower base and receives the grating-disk and mesh filter assembly. The grating disk is a concave shape and tooth-like cutters are arranged into rows on an inclined surface of the grating disk. The top cover is fitted on the upper base and houses a hollow cylindrical feeding tube. Inside the feeding tube is an anti-rotation protrusion, located at the bottom of the feeding tube made an integral part of the feeding tube to prevent the food from spinning inside the tube. The pusher is inserted into the feeding tube and contains a opening that matches the anti-rotation protrusion and into which rests the anti-rotation protrusion. The bottom of the pusher is convex-shaped and matches the concave grating disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Electrical Investments Limited
    Inventors: Shu Wan Cheung, William Shu Sang Cheung, To Yin Pang
  • Publication number: 20140373736
    Abstract: A machine for extracting puree, or fruit juice, from a product of animal or vegetable origin, provides a hollow body having a longitudinal axis. In the hollow body a sieve is mounted having a plurality of holes, in order to result co-axial to the hollow body same. The machine also includes a rotor mounted coaxially in the sieve and having a plurality of blades arranged to cause a centrifugal force to the product to treat, in order to separate it into a main product that crosses the sieve and that is discharged through a first outlet and into a waste material that, instead, cannot cross the sieve and is discharged through a second outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Alessandro BERTOCCHI
  • Patent number: 8869686
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Backus
  • Patent number: 8826811
    Abstract: A juicer module is disclosed herein. The juicer module includes an open top juicer container, a lid which is provided with a material input through a side of the lid and coupled to an upper portion of the juicer container, a net drum fixedly arranged within the juicer container and a screw arranged within the net drum. The screw is provided with a spiral portion formed on a side surface of the screw and a rotary shaft to pass through the shaft hole of the juicer container. The juicer module may further include a guide rotary portion formed on an upper end of the screw, and the lid may be provided with a rotary guide for guiding the rotation of the screw, the rotary guide being in contact with an edge of the guide rotary portion when the juicer module is assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: NUC Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Boo Kim
  • Patent number: 8807022
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Backus
  • Patent number: 8794133
    Abstract: A grating disc (4) arranged to be rotatably mounted within a food processor (1), to rotate in a direction of rotation (26), which grating disc (4) comprises at least one grating tooth (24) for grating food to be processed. The grating disc (4) comprises at least one groove (28) extending from an inner region (21) to an outer edge (22) of the grating disc (4) to assist in guiding food particles outwardly during use of the food processor (1). With the provision of a grating disc in accordance with the present invention, improved output of processed food is accomplished in that the at least one groove with assistance of centrifugal force guides the processed food outwardly for retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Ines Fister, Thomas Johannes Gaertner, Heimo Obersteiner, Claudio Brenna
  • Publication number: 20140190359
    Abstract: A juicer and a blender share a common base. The juicer and blender may share a common motor. The juicer has a spout that discharges into the blender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Corkin, Stephen John McClean, Scott Brady, Richard Hoare, Vyvyan Rose, Tristan Brega, Gerard Andrew White, Khon Thai, Jarred Twigg, Simon James Chalk
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140147565
    Abstract: A centrifugal bowl comprises a base that can rotate about an axis of rotation. A filter sieve in the shape of a perforated peripheral side sieve wall extends from an open end to the base, and a plurality of vanes is disposed in a predominantly radial direction on the inner surface of the perforated peripheral side sieve wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Michiel Allan Aurelius SCHALLIG, THEODOOR STOLK
  • Patent number: 8677895
    Abstract: A food processor defining a food processing path comprises a frame having a first compartment located within the food processing path and a second compartment located out of the food processing path and at least one dicing element configured to be received in both of the first and second compartments. When the dicing element is received in the first compartment, the dicing element dices food passing through the food processing path, and when the dicing element is received in the second compartment, the dicing element is stored out of the food processing path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, John Colasanti, Arren J. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8671833
    Abstract: An apparatus for extraction of juice and pulp from a food product includes a base enclosing an electric motor from which extends a rotating drive shaft, a tank fixed on the base and transpierced by the drive shaft, an entry spout for the food product, a strainer set in the tank and being supported and spun by the drive shaft, the strainer comprising a radial wall perforated by several holes and a solid bottom, such that the food product is in contact with the bottom and the wall and passes through the holes, and a food pusher which can be inserted in the spout, the food product being held against the bottom of the strainer by the food pusher in order to extract from this food product its juice which is collected in the tank situated underneath the strainer, wherein the bottom of the strainer comprises a shape of an ascending or descending staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hameur S.A.
    Inventors: Patrick Gonneaud, Jean-Pierre Lazzer
  • Patent number: 8613251
    Abstract: The invention provides a centrifugal juicer with a removable bin for collection of unwanted pulp generated by the juicing process. The pulp is thrown upwardly and outwardly, and exits through a letterbox-like aperture which aligns with a filler aperture in the bin. The bin is slidably movable towards and away from the juicer and is open-topped; being covered during operation by a roof member which extends outwardly from the juicer. The bin (32) is provided, above the filler aperture, with a bridging member having a surface adapted to slide in contact with, or closely adjacent, the underside of the roof, thereby to wipe pulp deposits from the roof when the bin is slid away from the juicer for removal. The wiping surface of the bridging member may be shaped or configured to enhance the wiping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kenwood Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Ian Jays
  • Patent number: 8539693
    Abstract: A brake assembly for reducing the rotational velocity the spinning basket of a food spinning device applies a frictional force to an annular ridge on the lid of the spinning basket. A brake button movably disposed in a cover of the spinning device includes flexible pinching arms having cam surfaces. The cam surfaces of the flexible pinching arms extend through a guide aperture, thereby causing the pinching arms to flex toward each other when the brake button is depressed and to apply the frictional engagement to the annular ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Marco Perry, Mark Prommel, David Block
  • Publication number: 20130180415
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Alan BACKUS
  • Patent number: 8474375
    Abstract: A juicer arrangement comprises a motor-driven appliance (1), capable of extracting juice from fruit, and a vessel (10) for receiving the juice. The appliance has a tubular outlet duct (9) through which juice can flow; the duct consisting of an inner portion (12) that is fixed to the appliance (1) and an outer portion (13) which can be rotated, relative to the inner portion (12), about the longitudinal axis (12a) of the tubular outlet duct (9). Near the outlet end of the outer portion (13) of the outlet duct there is provided a chordally-extending internal wall (15), configured such that, in one rotational position of the outer portion (13) of the duct relative to the inner portion (12), the wall (15) is positioned to act as an anti-dripping dam member to resist liquid flow through the outlet duct (9). In another rotational position of the outer portion (13) of the duct relative to the inner portion (12), the wall (15) is inverted, leaving a gap through which juice can be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kenwood Limited
    Inventors: Nick Jays, Adam Wade
  • 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
    Applicant: A.A.T. AGROINDUSTRY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Salvatore Torrisi, Mario Venticinque
  • Patent number: 8387520
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Alan Backus
  • Patent number: 8353474
    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 can be quickly and conveniently used to dry, grind, mill, dispense, or otherwise process foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Chef'n Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Holcomb, Adam A. Jossem
  • Patent number: 8316762
    Abstract: A juice extractor comprises a body, a filtering apparatus, and a shattering apparatus. The body has an inner space. The filtering apparatus is disposed within the body and divides the inner space into a shattering chamber and a collecting chamber. The shattering apparatus is disposed within the shattering chamber and comprises at least a first cutting blade and a second cutting blade configured to shatter a comestible. The comestibles shattered by the first cutting blade can reach the second cutting blade and be shattered by the second cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Weijie Peng
  • Publication number: 20120227592
    Abstract: A juice extracting apparatus, which can improve juice extracting efficiency without increasing a number of revolutions of a driving means, is disclosed. A juice extracting apparatus, which can easily clean components including an extracting net unit, while minimizing sludge stuck in or sticking on a component, is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Tong Yang Inc.
    Inventors: Tae Gyu Lim, Chul Gu Lee, Kyoung Ho Lee, Dong Hoon Kang
  • Publication number: 20120192729
    Abstract: A juice machine includes a cutter module, and the cutter module includes a cutter turntable, a filter, and a cutter flywheel. The filter includes a bottom plate, a first side plate protruded and tilted upwardly from an external periphery of the bottom plate, a filter plate horizontally extended from the top of the first side plate, a tilted second side plate protruded upwardly from an edge of the filter plate, an opening formed at the center of the bottom plate, a plurality of first meshes formed on the first side plate, a plurality of second meshes formed on the filter plate, a plurality of third meshes formed on the second side plate. Therefore, the weight of the filter can be decreased to provide a stable filter and reduce vibrations and noises. The juice machine can enhance both juice squeezing efficiency and juice yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Jin Yi Huang
  • Publication number: 20120192728
    Abstract: A juice machine includes a lid, and the lid includes an upper casing, a feeding barrel, and a block member. The feeding barrel is installed on the upper casing, and the feeding barrel is hollow inside. The block member is surrounded around an external side of the bottom of the feeding barrel. The juice machine can enhance both juice squeezing efficiency and juice yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Jin Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 8215230
    Abstract: A collapsible salad spinner includes a bowl, basket, and lid. Each of the bowl and basket are formed such that they are collapsible, with the bowl and basket being collapsible while nested within one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Progressive International Corporation
    Inventor: Heather Curtin
  • Patent number: 8181567
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for preparing foods, aimed at creating fruit and/or vegetable juice from whole or chopped fruits and/or vegetables, by grating and centrifugation, including in particular: a grating disc; a basket connected to the grating disc, linked to a drive shaft, comprising in particular a filter ring and a hub; a cover, fitted with a food introduction conduit, the conduit substantially having the shape of a cylindrical tube with a circular, oval or oblong base. The purpose of the invention is to offer improvements enabling juice to be produced with a high throughput. These improvements consist in particular of an introduction conduit comprising an element for holding foods and a grating disc inclined with respect to its rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Hameur SA
    Inventors: Patrice Jean Marcel Bourgeois-Potage, Lïc Xavier Fevre
  • Patent number: 8146490
    Abstract: A juice extractor (100), in particular for fruit and vegetable, comprising a rotatable grating disk (106), a filter sieve (108) surrounding the grating disk (106), a feed tube (114a, 114b) arranged above the grating disk (106), and a food pusher (116) insertable into the feed tube (114a, 114b) to press food, in particular fruit and vegetable, onto the grating disk (106), wherein the food pusher (116) is hollow with an opening on its side and the feed tube (114a, 114b) has an corresponding opening, such that pulp generated during grating food may enter the food pusher (116). Separate containers for collecting pulp become thus obsolete. This allows for a more compact design of juice extractors (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Heimo Obersteiner, Werner Murbacher
  • Publication number: 20120037013
    Abstract: Machine (1) for extracting puree, or fruit juice starting from vegetable or animal food, such as a rough extractor or a fine extractor. The machine (1) comprises essentially a cylindrical body (2) having an inlet (3) for the product to treat, an outlet (4) for a part of the product that can be used and an outlet (5) for another part of product to dispose of. The rotor (6) is wheeled to a motor (80) by a shaft (15). The product that is put in the cylindrical body (2) of the machine (1) is pushed by centrifugal force by a plurality of blades (20) of the rotor (6) to pass through a sieve (7) having holes (8) and a cylindrical or conical shape. The blades (20) of the rotor (6) comprise, in particular a first portion (21) having a first concavity and a second portion (22) having a second concavity opposite to the first.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Alessandro Bertocchi
  • Publication number: 20110271849
    Abstract: The invention provides a centrifugal juicer (10) with a removable container, or bin, (32) for collection of the unwanted pulp generated by the juicing process. A macerator (22) is located in a working zone (20) of the juicer, and the pulp is thrown upwardly and outwardly away from the macerator, and exits through a letterbox-like aperture (34) which aligns with a filler aperture (36) in the bin when the bin is placed correctly for operation of the juicer. The bin (32) is slidably movable towards and away from the juicer and is open-topped; the bin being covered during operation by a roof member (38) which extends outwardly from the juicer. The bin (32) is provided with an upper bridging member (40), above the filler aperture (36); the bridging member (40) having a surface adapted to slide in contact with, or closely adjacent, the underside of the roof (38), thereby to wipe pulp deposits from the roof when the bin (32) is slid away from the juicer (10) for removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: KENWOOD LIMITED
    Inventor: Nicholas Ian Jays
  • Publication number: 20110244101
    Abstract: Method for extracting puree, or juice, from a starting product based on vegetable or animal food comprising a starting treatment step, for example a step of softening the food product obtaining a treated product (101). A deviation step lows (102), during which the treated product is selectively directed towards a cold extraction (110), or towards a hot extraction (200). If the treated product is directed towards a cold extraction, it follows firstly an extraction step (103), in which the treated product at the inlet is separated into a main product comprising the puree, or the juice (103a) and into a waste material (103b). The main product is then subjected to an enzymatic inactivation step which provides quickly heating the treated product up to a determined temperature T (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Alessandro Bertocchi
  • Publication number: 20110244100
    Abstract: A method for removal of waste material in a process for extracting puree, or juice, from a starting product based on vegetable or animal food comprising a step of feeding a measured amount of starting product to a machine for extracting puree (101). The starting product can be pre-treated, for example softened (102), and then subject to an extraction step (103), obtaining a main product comprising the puree (104), which is discharged via a first outlet (41), and a waste material that is discharged via a second outlet (42) (105). The waste material is then mixed with a measured amount of a liquid, for example water, obtaining a heterogeneous mixture (106). The heterogeneous mixture can be thus easily removed by suction, for example by a hydraulic pump (107) connected to the second outlet, to be quickly withdrawn from the extraction section avoiding the risk of jamming the machine at the second outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Alessandro Bertocchi
  • Patent number: 7975948
    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 can be quickly and conveniently used to dry, grind, mill, dispense, or otherwise process foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Chef'n Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Holcomb, Adam A. Jossem
  • Publication number: 20110083566
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Alan BACKUS
  • Publication number: 20110083565
    Abstract: The subject application is directed to a food processing device to extract juice. The device includes an inlet coupled to a disintegrator. The inlet is configured to accept food items and the disintegrator configured to disintegrate food items passed through the inlet. The device further includes a separator that accepts the disintegrated food items and separates out the liquid components from the food item. The device further includes a reservoir that is coupled to the separator for accepting and holding the liquid components. The reservoir includes a translucent member for viewing of liquid levels within the reservoir, and a valved outlet. The valved outlet is configured to allow or prevent the flow of liquid from the reservoir through the valved outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Alan BACKUS
  • Patent number: 7866259
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a food processor base and a method for using the same. The food processor base includes a seat, a drive shaft and a motor. The drive shaft is rotated by the motor. The apparatus includes an outer bowl, a cover for the outer bowl, and a perforated inner bowl. The outer bowl may include a connector for being seated on the seat of the food processor base. The inner bowl is positioned within the outer bowl and is connectable to the drive shaft of the food processor base for rotation of the inner perforated bowl within the outer bowl. The inner perforated bowl has a one to one rotation with the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Innovative Products for Life Inc.
    Inventors: Hatim Zaghloul, Mohammed Mali, Hussein Desouki, Sisso El-Hamamsy
  • Patent number: 7858028
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for preparing a product having a low content of microorganisms by using steam. A method according to the invention can be used to pasteurize or sterilize a product, while retaining the activity of one or more active substances that may be present in the product, and relates to a method wherein a product is dried with air. Furthermore, the invention relates to a product obtainable according to a method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Nutricia N.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Ferdinand A. Pijls
  • Publication number: 20100300307
    Abstract: A high-potency juicer is disclosed, having a base and a cutting tool turntable, where the base is made up of a body and a middle member joining the body thereon, and the middle member is provided with a cavity. The body is provided with a driving component. The cutting tool turntable is accommodated in the cavity and is rotated by the driving component, where a first filtering net is set up around the circumference of the cutting tool turntable. A first cutting tool is mounted on the ground part of the cutting tool turntable, and a second cutting tool is mounted on top of the first cutting tool, where the first cutting tool and the second cutting tool are joined by a second filtering net at their circumferences. On the one hand it is beneficial not only for the cutting tool turntable to mount more cutting tools but for simultaneous grinding, cutting and squeezing of the foods by a dual set of cutting tools, boosting the efficiency of juice extraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jin Yi Huang
  • Patent number: 7698997
    Abstract: An improved processing method and system for producing tomato paste and other food products affected by viscosity. Tomatoes are processed into tomato juice. The juice is provided to a decanter that separates or fractionates the juice into two portions—a thicker, more viscous cake portion and a thinner, less viscous serum portion. The serum portion is concentrated by removing a portion of water using an evaporator such as a thin film or juice evaporator. The cake portion can be concentrated if necessary with a drier. The serum and cake portions are re-combined to produce a tomato paste having improved color, texture, flavor and nutrition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge K. Succar, Theodore G. Tishinski
  • Patent number: 7681495
    Abstract: A food processing device has a housing with a lid, a rotatable attachment (e.g., a basket or beater) in the housing and a drive mechanism in the lid for rotating the attachment to process food in the housing. The drive mechanism has a manual actuator and a gear train for transmitting a driving force from the actuator to rotate the attachment. The actuator lies on an outer surface of the lid and is movable along the lid surface in opposite directions between two positions to rotate the attachment in a single direction. A ratchet assembly in driving engagement with the gear train transmits a rotational drive in only a single direction. A braking mechanism for braking the attachment, includes a manual operator and two braking shoes for movement by the operator to brake the attachment by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Yiu Chung Wan, Lance Logan Hood