By Applying Fluid Patents (Class 99/516)
  • 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: 9016194
    Abstract: A sandwich cookie dipper for dipping sandwich cookies in milk includes a handle, a cookie cradle and a transition element that interconnects to and sets off the cookie cradle from the handle. The cookie cradle comprises a thin, resilient rod-like member configured to substantially conform to a part of an outer circumference of a crème layer sandwiched between two disk-like cookie members of a sandwich cookie. The sandwich cookie secured thereby is less likely to dislodge as it is dipped and brought to the cookie eater's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Haleluk
  • Publication number: 20150082998
    Abstract: Apparatus for extracting pomegranate seeds from pomegranates including a pomegranate breaker operative for breaking open pomegranates generally without cutting pomegranate seeds at the interior of the pomegranates and a pomegranate seed extractor operative to engage broken open pomegranates for separating the pomegranate seeds from other parts of the pomegranates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: STATE OF ISRAEL, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATION,
    Inventors: Ze'ev Schmilovitch, Yoav Sarig, Avraham Daskal, Eitan Weinberg, Friedrich Grosz, Benjamin Ronen, Aharon Hoffman, Haim Egozi
  • Publication number: 20150056324
    Abstract: Processes for producing animal feeds from biomasses are disclosed. Uses of the processed biomasses and, optionally industrial co-products, as animal feeds are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Cecava, Perry Doane, Alan Grusby, Glenn Kimball
  • Publication number: 20150044339
    Abstract: A product conveying and coating system includes at least first and second, sequentially arranged conveyor belts, with at least the second conveyor belt being a solid belt. Interposed in a gap between the first and second belts is a dispenser head of a coating manifold. The dispenser head spans a gap between upper surface portions of the first and second conveyor belts, with an elongated side wall outlet portion of the dispenser head being exposed, in a downstream direction of the conveyor unit, to the upper surface of the second conveyor belt. The system provides for dispensing of coating material directly onto the second, solid conveyor belt and enrobing at least bottom and partial side portions of food products upon the solid belt. Provisions are made for scraping from the solid belt, removing from the food products and recycling excess coating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Heinzen
  • Publication number: 20140348992
    Abstract: Method and system are provided for processing a fruit product that has been impacted by a disease. The fruit product yields a higher than normal acidity and bitterness due to the disease. The fruit product also yields a higher cloudiness than a fruit product that is not impacted by the disease. The fruit product is processed to yield a consumable product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Bucher-Alimentch Limited
    Inventors: Nick Shea, Chris Miller, Tim Schofield
  • Patent number: 8881644
    Abstract: A food cooking apparatus with an integral basting pump system comprises a common countertop roasting oven, typically used to prepare turkeys and other large foodstuffs further performing the additional duty of automatically basting the foodstuffs. The apparatus collects basting liquid and juices from the foodstuffs at the bottom of the roasting pan area, where an electrically-powered recirculating pump transfers the liquid to the top of the oven for spraying or dripping down upon the foodstuffs being cooked. In such a manner the foodstuffs are kept moist and tender while reducing cooking time since the oven is not opened to perform a manual basting process. The basting application is controlled using a plurality of dials on the oven that govern application time, and application intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Scro, II
  • Publication number: 20140308413
    Abstract: In one embodiment of an apparatus and process for packaging foodstuffs or other materials in a rigid container sealed by a flexible cover, a desired quantity of material to be packaged containing or together with some water or other liquid is placed in the container, the flexible cover is secured on the container so as to leave at least one unsealed opening, the container is heated and/or placed in a partial vacuum to bring the liquid above its boiling point to cause or permit vapor generated by the boiling liquid to expel other gases from the container through the unsealed opening, and the container is sealed while gas or vapor is still flowing out of the container through the unsealed opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Jean-Francois M. BARDOU, Roland GUEZENNEC, Jean-Pierre LHOMMOND
  • Patent number: 8826813
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a non-Newtonian fluid product including a non-Newtonian fluid base product including at least one second phase is shown. A second phase dispersion apparatus is shown which receives the at least one second phase and the non-Newtonian fluid base product and disperses the at least one second phase within the non-Newtonian fluid base product to produce the non-Newtonian fluid product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Carmel Engineering
    Inventors: Allan D. Roden, J. Doug Buis, Randy F. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8800436
    Abstract: A heating device of a food material that can heat a food material while preventing oxidation reaction and the like of the food material as much as possible is provided. A food material 8 is held under a reductive atmosphere where air is eliminated by filling superheated steam in a heating chamber 10 at a pressure exceeding an atmospheric pressure. Thus, because the food material 8 is heated under the reductive atmosphere where air is eliminated by filling the superheated steam, not under a conventional atmosphere where oxygen and nitrogen exist. Therefore, a Maillard reaction and an oxidation reaction can be suppressed, and a thermochemical reaction which could not be caused in the conventional heating method is caused in the food material 8. Thereby, it can be expected that the heated food material 8 acquires a characteristic which did not exist in the past, with less degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Nepuree Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kano, Toshio Wakamatsu, Masateru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8783169
    Abstract: A food processing system 10 comprising a cooking apparatus 12 and a cooling apparatus 14. The apparatus 12, 14 are similar and are configured for processing sausages which have casings which are fragile and easily ruptured. The apparatus 12 comprises a processing vessel 16 for containing a cooking liquid, a feed chute 18, a guide means in the form of jets 56.1, 56.2 and 56.3, a screw conveyer 22 and a discharge conveyer 24. The sausages are fed into the vessel 16 via feed chute 18. The jets 56.1, 56.2 and 56.3 guide the sausages into optimal positions relative to the screw conveyer 22 which conveys the sausages to the discharge conveyer 24. The jets 56.1, 56.2 and 56.3 also separate the sausages ensuring that the sausages do not “bunch up” when deposited into the vessel 16 and also ensure that the sausages are aligned and travel in a direction substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the screw conveyer 22 thereby to reduce impact forces applied to the sausages by the conveyer 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Freddy Hirsch Group (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventors: Anton Schutte Le Roux, Roy Andrew Johnston, Hermann August Schultz, Daniel Roux, Taylor Uys
  • Patent number: 8778180
    Abstract: A device for supporting and fixing a water filter in connection with an oven having a chassis that includes: a housing for receiving the water filter that attaches to the bottom surface with a chassis of the oven; a protective plate that attached to the front wall of the housing; and a cover plate that hides the protective plate and the water filter to keep the set built-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Luciano Piccini Nothen, Flavio Silvio Gava, Ledimara Mascarello, Sandro Augusto Trippia, Patricia Daiane Tambosi
  • Patent number: 8739685
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing tofu coagulant includes a liquid food oil pumping pathway, a liquid food oil tank, a mineral salt solution pumping pathway, a mineral salt solution tank, a plurality of metering pumps, and an emulsion dispersion machine for stirring the liquid food oil with the mineral salt solution to an emulsification phase. The liquid food oil pumping pathway is connected with the mineral salt solution pumping pathway, the mineral salt solution is added in a predetermined ratio for producing the tofu coagulant, and the water phase and the oil phase are stirred and mixed to W/O type (water in oil type) emulsion (without emulsifier).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Takai Tofu & Soymilk Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Toichiro Takai, Toru Awazu, Motonari Amano, Masahiro Yoshida, Masaaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8726791
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a control panel that is movable between a rest position and an exposed position. A reservoir, which is adapted for holding a fluid, has a filling opening and is positioned behind the control panel in an interior of the household appliance when the reservoir is in an operating position. The control panel is configured to impede access to the reservoir and/or the filling opening when the control panel is in the rest position and the reservoir is in the operating position. The control panel is further configured to allow access to the reservoir and/or the filling opening when the control panel is moved to the exposed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Adamczak, Uwe Berger, Ruediger Hoehn, Franz Thorman, Wolfgang Wieneke
  • Patent number: 8683917
    Abstract: A stencil assembly for use in depositing filling onto wafers includes a stencil tube defining a lengthwise passage for flow of filling, the stencil tube including an outer surface, and at least two axially spaced apart filling outlets passing through a wall of the tube. A first stencil die is positioned along the stencil tube and has an inner surface facing the outer surface of the tube in a region axially aligned with one filling outlet of the stencil tube, the first stencil die including at least one outlet extending from the inner surface of the first stencil die to an outer surface of the first stencil die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Ankush B. Mittal
  • Publication number: 20140060342
    Abstract: Invention title: Mould (Mold) for fast and easy shaping a ingredients of kebab, hamburger and other* *: this Mould can be use the Revolution of preparation and cooking process that is invented by Albert Russell Purpose of Invention: Reduce the time and cost of preparing Kebab, special koobide. Mould (Mold) is avoid very difficult preparing of kebab (koobide) that need skewer. That is save time, save a space for keeping in refrigerating, possibility to prepare mass and without special train. or experience, less cooking stuff, eliminate skewer, easy to extend. Mould (Mold) can be any kind of shape, and material. Invention used: for any food and kebab spacial for Kebab koobide, can be used in fast food, restaurant, mass production, food truck, businesses and other and that create a lot of job, reduce the food cost Describe the main components and how they work: how easy can prepare kebab U.S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: ALBERT RUSSELL
  • Publication number: 20140010929
    Abstract: A vacuum tumbling system for marinating meat including a vacuum sensor; an airtight driver; an outer vacuum chamber configured to monitor and pull a vacuum; and an inner vacuum tumbling chamber configured to enclose a marinade mixture, liquid, and the meat, configured to be disposed inside the outer vacuum chamber, and configured to pull the vacuum from the outer vacuum chamber through a small hole which is recessed on a bottom surface of the inner vacuum tumbling chamber. The outer vacuum chamber monitors the vacuum through the vacuum sensor, pulls the vacuum through the airtight driver, and tumbles the inner vacuum tumbling chamber in response to the airtight driver being driven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Erik BAUER
  • Publication number: 20130302486
    Abstract: In a holding mold part for drupes, particularly for holding olives for their treatment, such as pickling, pitting, filling, and the like, which can be put together, in centered manner, from an upper part and a lower part, and between which parts multiple cavity sections that complement one another for holding the olives are situated in the mold part, at least the cavity sections in the upper part are configured by a flexible end as part of a clamped film insert, to compensate for different natural lengths of the raw olives to be treated. Furthermore, a method simultaneously treats multiple olives, from their raw state to the filled end product, and a device for this purpose has multiple work stations, wherein the holding mold part can be used not only in the method but also in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Harry IMHOF
  • Publication number: 20130302490
    Abstract: A system and method for treating a food product to reduce the level of pathogens and/or enhance the food product generally comprises a conveying mechanism having a conveyor apparatus to convey raw food product placed in product compartments, a modular treatment unit that receives the product in the compartments, a treating apparatus that directs treated air to the food product and a controller for controlling the operation of the system. The system also has an input apparatus for placing the food product in the compartments, a by-pass apparatus for diverting untreated food product and a mechanism for discharging treated food products for further processing and/or packaging. The small product compartments provide for more efficient and effective treatment of food products, the system is substantially self-cleaning and the modular treatment units allow the user to easily and less expensively upgrade or modify the system for different food products and treatment processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Justin D. James
  • Publication number: 20130298784
    Abstract: A method for treating a product suitable for human consumption, for example, a meat product, such as slaughtered poultry or parts thereof, in which a large number of products are successively supplied, optionally in groups, to an inspection station in which each product is subjected to a visual inspection to detect a defect on the respective product. If a decision is made to provide a specific additive-addition treatment to a product, the product is supplied to an additive-addition station, where the product is subjected to an additive-addition treatment and an additive is added to at least one part of the outside of each product or the inside of each product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Andries Johan Martijn KUIJPERS, Maurice Eduardus Theodorus VAN ESBROECK, Adrianus Josephes VAN DEN NIEUWELAAR
  • Publication number: 20130259996
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for wetting grain with a liquid using a vibrating device for the grain, having a vertically or obliquely or horizontally arranged tube, and to at least one motor, which causes the tube to vibrate and has a motor baseplate for the connection of a vibratory apparatus, in the case of which the tube is connected in a force-fitting manner to the motor baseplate, the tube having a maximum length corresponding to double the length of the motor baseplate. The invention also relates to a method for wetting grain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: VIBRONET GRAEF GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Dieter Otto Graef
  • Patent number: 8528470
    Abstract: A method for treating a product suitable for human consumption, for example, a meat product, such as slaughtered poultry or parts thereof, in which a large number of products are successively supplied, optionally in groups, to an inspection station in which each product is subjected to a visual inspection to detect a defect on the respective product. If a decision is made to provide a specific additive-addition treatment to a product, the product is supplied to an additive-addition station, where the product is subjected to an additive-addition treatment and an additive is added to at least one part of the outside of each product or the inside of each product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Andries Johan Martijn Kuijpers, Maurice Eduardus Theodorus van Esbroeck, Adrianus Josephes van den Nieuwelaar
  • Publication number: 20130183400
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cereal bowl for gradually mixing a solid food and a liquid food for being eaten mixed, comprising an outer container (1), for a liquid food, and an inner detachable container (2), for a solid food, wherein the inner container (2) is provided with a base (3) slopping towards the center, where a spherical cup (4) is provided, whose surface comprises a plurality of apertures (5) for feeding the inner container (2) with liquid food from the outer container (1) and partially immersing the inner container (2) into the liquid food from the outer container (1), the inner container (2) being provided with means for floating at the surface of the outer recipient (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventor: Ilie Ioncescu
  • Publication number: 20130177694
    Abstract: This invention provides a novel method for producing maize flour including at least one treatment step in which a product comprising maize is treated under alkaline conditions, wherein an alkaline solution is sprayed onto the product. Furthermore, a facility for producing maize flour is disclosed, in particular in said method. Moreover, maize flour obtained by this method and foodstuffs containing this flour are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: Markus Nussbaumer, Noël Girardet, Walter Wäspi
  • Patent number: 8424451
    Abstract: The invention is related to an apparatus and method for controlling a steam flaking operation. In an embodiment, the invention is a steam flaking system including at least one sensor to measure the flow of material in the steam flaking system, a steam chest, a peg feeder, disposed at the bottom of the steam chest, and an automatic control unit, wherein the automatic control unit receives data from the at least one sensor and controls the peg feeder. In an embodiment, the invention is a steam flaking system including a steam chest, at least one sensor to measure the flow of material in the steam chest, a peg feeder, and an automatic control unit, wherein the automatic control unit receives data from the at least one sensor and controls the peg feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sartec Corporation
    Inventors: Larry C. McNeff, Clayton V. McNeff, Peter G. Greuel
  • Publication number: 20130078347
    Abstract: Method for treating a large number of meat products, in particular slaughtered poultry or parts thereof, in which an additive is added to the meat products. The meat products are supplied to additive-adding means using a conveyor means, the conveyor means being designed to feed the meat products sequentially in groups or separately. The additive-adding means subject each meat product or each group of meat products to an additive-adding treatment which is adapted to the corresponding meat product or to the corresponding group of meant products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B V
    Inventor: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B V
  • Publication number: 20130055907
    Abstract: The invention is directed to apparatus and methods for contacting gas and solids in the manufacture of edibles, and particularly in connection with coating edible particulate solids. A drum is positioned around an inner tube so that an annular space is defined between the drum and the tube. A rotatable spiral element defines a gas pathway in the annular space, such that rotation of the spiral pushes particulate solids through the drum while the solids are contacted with gas in the annular space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: MARS, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: MARS, INCORPORATED
  • Publication number: 20130040024
    Abstract: A method for producing fruit products. The method includes presenting a fruit comprising at least one water insoluble component and at least one water soluble component. Removing at least a portion of the at least one water soluble component from the fruit, the removing comprising leaving at least a portion of the at least one water insoluble component. Providing at least one polyol in the at least a portion of the at least one water insoluble component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Leroy W. Fletcher, Tamis L. Root
  • Patent number: 8359971
    Abstract: An improved, leak resistant, siphoning device that includes an elongated hollow body member, a means for filling and emptying the hollow body member, such as an elastomeric resilient suction bulb and a valve placed between the hollow member and the filling/emptying means. The suction bulb defines a chamber therein, so that when it is squeezed and released it will create suction to direct fluid up through the first open head end into the elongated hollow body member using pressure differential. Squeezing the suction bulb can release the liquid and partial solids held within the elongated hollow body member out of the first open head end. The suction bulb also has an optional opening for venting heated air from the bulb, and a means to selectively close the opening for creating vacuum or pressure required to draw or expel liquid from the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Andhow Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Lee Loewenthal, Andrew Raymond Spriegel
  • Publication number: 20130011529
    Abstract: This invention provides processes and apparatus for enhancing the nutritional value of food products. Nutrition-enhancing agents are applied or dispensed onto or into food products during their manufacture by food-grade controlled-droplet dispensing heads (or head). In preferred embodiments, the dispensing heads are controlled by a controller, such as a programmed PC-type computer, in dependence on sensor data, such as electromechanical, optical, or image sensor data. The controller and sensors operate so that different food items can have selected nutrition-enhancing agents properly applied or dispensed without waste or overspray. The invention also provides food products which have been enhanced according to the provided processes and apparatus with nutrition-enhancing agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Marla D. Belzowski, Urban Nilsson, Richa Sharma
  • Publication number: 20130011536
    Abstract: A device for serving and preserving food items, the device including an open container for holding the food items having one or more side walls and a floor, wherein when the food items are immersed in fluid, typically a preserving fluid, the device is in a preserving state; a liquid-holding compartment, having a tubular form, for holding the fluid when the device is in a serving state; and a liquid-transfer mechanism for transferring the preserving fluid from the open container into the liquid-holding compartment and back. One or more passageways, interconnecting the open container and the liquid-holding compartment, facilitate the transfer of fluid between the open container and the liquid-holding compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Shahar Weiss
  • Patent number: 8347639
    Abstract: A tempering treatment method whereby the temperature of meat, which involves a carcass prepared by slaughtering cattle or poultry and sterilizing and washing, is lowered as close to the ice storage temperature as possible to prevent a temperature rise caused by the actions of enzymes contained within the meat before transporting the meat to a refrigerated storage, which comprises surface-freezing the meat by blowing a cold air stream at about ?20 to about ?40° C. to the meat before conducting the tempering treatment, thus allowing the generation of freezing latent heat in the subcutaneous part owing to the surface-freezing (freezing the subcutaneous tissue), and then rapidly lowering the core temperature inside the meat due to the latent heat released at the melting of the freezing latent heat to thereby conduct the tempering treatment at a temperature of 0 to +15° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mayekawa Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Okamoto, Suguru Sakuramoto, Takahiro Arai, Kouichi Tsubata, Akira Taniyama
  • Patent number: 8342117
    Abstract: There is provided a coating apparatus capable of continuously producing coated rice having powdered coating material adhered to the grains and including a drying process to prevent the grains from being bonded to one another and make the grain surfaces smoother upon drying of the grains. The coating apparatus comprising a binder coating unit for applying liquid binder to the grains being conveyed through a coating and stirring chamber to coat the grain surfaces with the binder; a adhering unit for adding powder material to the grains conveyed through a adhering and stirring chamber to adhere the powdered material to the grain surface by the binder; and a drying unit including a drying and stirring chamber through which the grains are conveyed while being stirred, a blow passage for blowing hot air into the drying chamber to dry the grains, and an exhaust passage for exhausting the hot air from the drying chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Satake Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Fukumori, Shigeharu Kanemoto, Hidenori Mizuno, Syuji Morito, Hiroyuki Maehara, Keishi Wakabayashi
  • Publication number: 20120255538
    Abstract: A grill smoker device having an upper receptacle member adapted to receive liquid and a lower receptacle member adapted to receive wood chips, the upper and lower receptacle members being releasably connected to each other. A plurality of suspension arms extend laterally from the upper or lower receptacle members such that the device is positionable in a grill beneath the grill grid and above the heat source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Matthew H. Merritt
  • Publication number: 20120225173
    Abstract: An antimicrobial intervention for the production of ground meats by treating the exterior of the meat trimmings with an antimicrobial agent before grinding. An apparatus for applying an antibacterial agent to meat trimmings includes a closed or essentially closed chamber for limiting the escape of the antimicrobial agent to the environment during antimicrobial treatment of the trimmings, an entrance system for introducing trimmings into the closed chamber while preventing or significantly limiting the antimicrobial agent from escaping into the environment, an application system for applying an effective amount of the antimicrobial agent to exposed surfaces of the trimmings in the closed chamber; and an exit system for removing the treated trimmings from the closed container while preventing or significantly limiting the escape of antimicrobial agent into the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: LaWayne LARSON
  • Publication number: 20120199018
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing a non-Newtonian fluid product including a non-Newtonian fluid base product including at least one second phase is disclosed. A second phase dispersion apparatus is disclosed which receives the at least one second phase and the non-Newtonian fluid base product and disperses the at least one second phase within the non-Newtonian fluid base product to produce the non-Newtonian fluid product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Allan D. Roden, J. Doug Buis, Randy F. Weaver
  • Patent number: 8215232
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus for assuring easier cleaning of contaminants, such as food residue, attached to the wall surface of a cavity in the cooking apparatus is disclosed. The cooking apparatus includes a body defining the outer appearance of the cooking apparatus, and a cavity defining a space for heating and cooking an object and having an inner surface to form an oil-repellent surface by being heated. In a cleaning method for the cooking apparatus, the inner surface of the cavity is heated prior to cooking food, to have an oil-repellency. The inner surface makes it difficult for the contaminants to be attached thereto. Even if the contaminants are attached, the contaminants have a very low adhesive power and thus are easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seong Bin Lee, Jeong Ho Lee, Kyu In Shim
  • Publication number: 20120171344
    Abstract: A liquid additive is sprayed over liquid nitrogen to form discrete solid particles of the additive in liquid nitrogen. The mixture of additive particles and liquid nitrogen is mixed with a flow of liquid nitrogen at an eductor pump to provide a food treatment composition comprising additive particles. The food treatment composition flows into an interior of food processing equipment to come into contact with food items contained therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicants: AIR LIQUIDE INDUSTRIAL U.S. L.P., AMERICAN AIR LIQUIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Vasuhi RASANAYAGAM, David C. BRAITHWAITE
  • Publication number: 20120118175
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to non-thermally treat goods for human consumption with carbon dioxide. Apparatus and methods rely on multiple pressure changes of carbon dioxide to affect one of three processes. A first process rapidly freezes and thaws water on the surface of the goods in rapid succession multiple times to detrimentally affect pathogens. A second process raises the pressure and temperature of carbon dioxide to supercritical conditions to detrimentally affect the lipids in the membranes of pathogens. A third process adjusts the pressure to form a dense carbon dioxide liquid with a low pH that may also detrimentally affect pathogens. All processes may be repeated or performed in succession, or in any order. Optionally, thereafter, the goods may be stored at low temperature in substantially 100% carbon dioxide for further pathogen reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: SAFEFRESH TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J.M. Garwood
  • Patent number: 8166871
    Abstract: A steamer for sandwich buns, bagels, croissants, cakes, vegetables, pastas, and other foods delivers fixed amounts of water onto a hot, dry platen through a vertically-oriented water conduit which is also thermally insulated from the hot platen and made from thermally insulating materials. The vertically-oriented water conduit retains water after a water supply is shut off at the beginning or end of a steam generating cycle. Orienting the conduit vertically reduces the surface area of liquid water exposed to air. Insulating the water conduit from the hot platen reduces the rate at which water standing in the conduit evaporates. Tubes used in the water conduit are insulating and easily removed from the water conduit assembly and flexible. Minerals that precipitate out of solution and become deposited onto the flexible tube are easily removed by flexing the flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Loren Veltrop, Don Van Erden, Michael M. Maciejewski
  • Patent number: 8161901
    Abstract: An apparatus for slicing and applying a spread packaged in a container onto a food item. The apparatus includes an applicating station for applying a pre-selected quantity of the spread onto the food item as the food item is moved therethrough. The apparatus further includes a pumping station in fluid communication with the applicating station for transporting the spread from the container to the applicating station. In one preferred embodiment, a loaf of bread is first sliced and thereafter split open about a hinge extending along the length of the loaf. A spread, e.g., a garlic/butter mixture, is then applied to the exposed bread surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tarpaulin.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. DeGennaro, Glenn E. French
  • Publication number: 20120090479
    Abstract: The present invention provides advantages and alternatives over the prior art by providing a fluid flavoring apparatus that incorporates a flavoring such as a substantially pure sweetener compound that is substantially free of binders and fillers applied upon or within a portion of the flavoring apparatus. The flavoring apparatus may be made in various geometric shapes and of various materials that can facilitate the adhesion of the flavoring material to the fluid flavoring apparatus. The geometric shapes can also facilitate the dissolving of the flavoring in the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: John Barilovits
  • Patent number: 8156857
    Abstract: Equipment for yeast rehydration, in particular in dry, moist or in liquid dispersion form, which comprises a containment tank (2) closed by a cover (70) intended to receive a measured dose of yeasts to be rehydrated; first and second supply means (3, 4) adapted to respectively insert a rehydration liquid and nutritive substances in the tank (2); a circulation duct (14) placed in connection between at least one outlet opening (15) and at least one return opening (16, 16?) of the containment tank (2), intercepted by pumping means (17) for making the fluid mixture flow between the openings (14, 16). The equipment comprises means for insufflating air (32) inside the tank (2) susceptible for creating an over-pressure of a value that is regulated through suitable vent means (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Enologica Vason S.R.L.
    Inventor: Albano Vason
  • Publication number: 20120082776
    Abstract: A food processing system 10 comprising a cooking apparatus 12 and a cooling apparatus 14. The apparatus 12, 14 are similar and are configured for processing sausages which have casings which are fragile and easily ruptured. The apparatus 12 comprises a processing vessel 16 for containing a cooking liquid, a feed chute 18, a guide means in the form of jets 56.1, 56.2 and 56.3, a screw conveyer 22 and a discharge conveyer 24. The sausages are fed into the vessel 16 via feed chute 18. The jets 56.1, 56.2 and 56.3 guide the sausages into optimal positions relative to the screw conveyer 22 which conveys the sausages to the discharge conveyer 24. The jets 56.1, 56.2 and 56.3 also separate the sausages ensuring that the sausages do not “bunch up” when deposited into the vessel 16 and also ensure that the sausages are aligned and travel in a direction substantially parallel to the axis of rotation of the screw conveyer 22 thereby to reduce impact forces applied to the sausages by the conveyer 22.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Anton Schutte Le Roux, Roy Andrew Johnston, Hermann August Schultz, Daniel Roux, Taylor Uys
  • Publication number: 20120079951
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treatment of an outer surface of a food product are provided using a fluid having properties selected for treating the surface and bringing the fluid into contact with an outer surface of the food product in a generally continuous manner in a commercial food processing environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Amy L. Nehls, Vernon D. Karman
  • Patent number: 8146489
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for transporting and/or washing and/or pasteurization thermal treatment of foodstuffs, particularly leaf products comprising at least a treatment section. The treatment section can be comprised of one or more sections of rectilinear tubes and one or more corresponding curved tube sections, wherein products within the treatment section being conveyed by a fluid, such as water, flowing along the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Turatti S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonio Turatti
  • Patent number: 8132501
    Abstract: A complex high-density soybean grinder comprises a first filter unit and a second filter unit; a suction unit having a feeding tube for supplying soybeans; a lateral side of the suction unit being installed with a blower and a sound canceller so that soybean can enter into the suction unit; a feeding unit connected to the suction unit and the first filter unit; an electric controller serving to control the feeding unit; a regeneration barrel set connected to the first filter unit and the second filter unit for mixing and agitating soybean dregs from the first filter unit with water; and then the mixed dregs and water being fed into the second filter unit; a reuse barrel set connected to the first filter unit for feeding liquid from the second filter unit to the regeneration barrel set and then to the first filter unit through a pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Cheng-Feng Chen, Jui-Tai Cheng
  • Publication number: 20120048128
    Abstract: A sandwich cookie dipper for dipping sandwich cookies in milk includes a handle, a cookie cradle and a transition element that interconnects to and sets off the cookie cradle from the handle. The cookie cradle comprises a thin, resilient rod-like member configured to substantially conform to a part of an outer circumference of a crème layer sandwiched between two disk-like cookie members of a sandwich cookie. The sandwich cookie secured thereby is less likely to dislodge as it is dipped and brought to the cookie eater's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Haleluk
  • Patent number: 8117961
    Abstract: An apparatus for thawing frozen food items includes an enclosure having a top wall, a bottom wall, and a side wall extending between the top and bottom walls and defining a thawing chamber. One of the walls includes an access opening to the thawing chamber. A closure associated with the enclosure is movable between opened and closed positions wherein the thawing chamber is accessible through the access opening when in the opened position and the closure covers the access opening when in the closed position. A showerhead is adapted to discharge a shower of water onto frozen food items held by the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Penguin Rapid Thawers LLC
    Inventor: Melbourne H. Sann
  • Publication number: 20120040069
    Abstract: A machine and method operable to mass produce batches of dough in selectable, discrete and customizable batches and control the temperature of the dough under various environmental conditions is provided. The machine and method adjusts the temperature of the water introduced into a batch of dough in order to make a batch of dough having a predetermined temperature. Specifically, the machine includes a controller operable to adjust the temperature of the water based upon first law of thermodynamics to produce a batch of dough having a predetermined temperature. The machine includes a bowl for containing dough ingredients, a water source operable to selectively introduce water with the dough ingredients, a controller, and a water temperature controlling apparatus. The controller actuates the water temperature controlling apparatus to change the temperature of the water introduced into the bowl so as to form a batch of dough having a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Rick Anderson, Tim Hancock, Mukul Mehta