Water Patents (Class 99/536)
  • 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: 8899147
    Abstract: A compact blender with a drinking water connection tube, supporting conventional tap water connections has a water dosing valve to pressure water distributed to the blending compartment or jug. Water flows from the connection tube, to a splitting device, from where inlet tubes that allow passing of water inside the blending compartment. The lid has external protrusions with inner cavities connected a duct with holes that introduce drinking water inside the blending compartment. When the frozen fruit capsule is introduced through the lid and the operation button is pushed, the exact amount of water is dosed by the water dosing valve. When water enters the blending compartment, the motor starts running turning the axle of the rotor and blades, so that water is mixed with the frozen fruit capsule thus generating the juice to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Joost Arthur Dille
  • Patent number: 8722125
    Abstract: The present invention is developed in the farming machinery field used during the wet stage of the coffee and refers to an apparatus that allows carrying out the processes of demucilaging, cleaning and washing of the previously depulped coffee seedcases using a low water and power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignees: Penagos Hermanos y Cia. Ltda, Alvaro Ardila Duarte
    Inventors: Elias Ariza, Alvaro Ardila Duarte
  • Publication number: 20140116271
    Abstract: A kitchenware apparatus and container for producing fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut, comprising a screw top or Mason jar, a threaded jar lid with moat and an oblong top slot opening, an inverted cup that fits within the moat, a plunger sized to fit within the neck of the jar and having a keyed handle that extends up through the slot in the lid, and a compression spring. The lid moat and inverted cup comprise an airlock or one way valve that allows fermentation gases to escape but prevents outside air from entering. The screw lid, spring and plunger comprise a press that compresses the fermenting vegetables to press juice from the vegetables and to hold the vegetables under the liquid surface to prevent mold or other spoilage and to prevent browning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Karen Wang Diggs, Eric A. Klein
  • Publication number: 20140030407
    Abstract: An apparatus for de-oiling potato slices, the apparatus comprising an elongate longitudinal conveyor having an upstream end and a downstream end, the conveyor being permeable to oil, water and air and being adapted to convey potato slices on the conveyor, a water spray station located towards the upstream end and a plurality of air-blower stations located in succession downstream of the water spray station, the water spray station comprising upper and lower water spray units adapted to spray water downwardly and upwardly, respectively, towards the conveyor, and each air-blower station comprising upper and lower air knife units adapted to direct an air blade downwardly and upwardly, respectively, towards the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Alfred James Spurr, Brian Richard Newberry
  • 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: 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: 20130160659
    Abstract: To provide a noodle string treatment apparatus and treatment method capable of manufacturing instant noodles that are short noodle strings. The noodle string treatment apparatus of the present invention has: a cutting device having a rotary blade and cutting a batch of noodle strings into a predetermined length; and a control device for controlling a blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade, wherein the control device changes the blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade during rotation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Okazawa, Koji Sakai, Kazuhiro Nakatani, Hiroko Imaki
  • 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: 20130059052
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of preparing pelletized aquaculture feed for administration to farmed aquatic animals. The method may include the steps of causing water to circulate in a loop conduit, introducing aquaculture feed pellets into the water circulating in the loop conduit whereby to expose the pellets to pressure changes and thereby cause the pellets to become water-impregnated, and retrieving the water-impregnated aquaculture feed pellets from the loop conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: SEAFARM PRODUCTS AS
    Inventor: Morten Aga
  • Publication number: 20120328751
    Abstract: The present invention is developed in the farming machinery field used during the wet stage of the coffee and refers to an apparatus that allows carrying out the processes of demucilaging, cleaning and washing of the previously depulped coffee seedcases using a low water and power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicants: ALVARO ARDILA DUARTE, PENAGOS HERMANOS Y CIA. LTDA
    Inventors: Elias Ariza, Alvaro Ardila Duarte
  • 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: 20120141645
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a non-destructive lean recovery operable for separating lean and fat animal tissue in sparse lean products, such as for example, meat trimmings. The method and apparatus exploits the fact that lean and fatty tissue have distinctly different specific gravities. The method and apparatus impacts the sparse lean material with a force, which breaks the lean material into small pieces of fat and lean material thereby separating the fat portions from the lean portions. The sparse lean material can be initially ground through a grind plate and the ground material can be suspended in a water bath and agitated with sufficient force to separate the fat from the lean material. As the forces are applied and the separation occurs, due to the different specific gravities of the lean and fat, the fat will tend to float to the surface of the water bath and the lean material will tend to sink in the water bath, thereby facilitating recovering the lean material portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: TYSON FOODS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason W. Tomcak, Brad J. Dirkschneider
  • 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: 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: 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: 20110079154
    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 is pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventors: Cheng-Feng Chen, Jui-Tai Cheng
  • Publication number: 20110072984
    Abstract: An automatic bean curd maker includes a computer control device, grinding device, stirring device, and molding device. The stirring device is arranged to a side of the grinding device. The molding device is arranged in front of the grinding device. The computer control device is arranged to a side of the molding device. The operation of the automatic bean curd maker assembled by above components is described in the following. The soy beans of certain proportion set by the computer control device are grinded by the grinding device as a bean pulp. The steamed bean pulp is stirred in the stirring device with coagulator as a semi-finished bean curd. The semi-finished bean curd is coagulated by removing moisture and gas in the molding device as a finished bean curd.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: CHENG-FENG CHEN, JUI-TAI CHENG
  • Patent number: 7870822
    Abstract: A system providing for on-site reclamation and re-use of reclaimed antimicrobial solution includes a dispenser, at least one receptacle, piping, and at least one pump. The dispenser sprays antimicrobial solution toward moving raw food products. Unspent antimicrobial solution that did not contact the moving raw food products and rebound antimicrobial solution that did contact the raw food products combine to form a reclaimed antimicrobial solution. The reclaimed antimicrobial solution is collected in the receptacle and is pumped through the piping to a location for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Chandler Adams, Claudie Cayce Warf, Jr., Roger Tippett
  • Patent number: 7849788
    Abstract: A method of infrared heat-processing of nuts (e.g., almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts and mixtures thereof in order to reduce the microorganism level thereof is provided wherein the nuts are sequentially moisturized by application of water and then subjected to infrared radiation, preferably through a series of treatment cycles. Nut treatment apparatus (10) includes opposed banks of infrared heaters (38, 40), with plural water application stations (48, 50, 52) along the length of the heater banks (38, 40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Virgil Macaluso
  • Patent number: 7759124
    Abstract: A method of operating a blanching system includes steps of automatically sampling a blanching solution and mixing the sampled blanching solution with a reagent that is formulated to change at least one property according to a concentration of a metal ion in the blanching solution. This property is automatically sensed with an automated sensor and a controller is used to automatically control a concentration of metal ions in the blanching solution in response to a signal that is received from said automated sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100104691
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the continuous production of an expanded edible food product obtained by cooking-extrusion and containing solid inclusions having a size larger than 0.5 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: CLEXTRAL
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Bouvier, Daniel Durand, Gilles Maller, Anne Perenon
  • Publication number: 20100068336
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing oilseed meal. Oilseed meal is hydrated to provide a hydrated oilseed meal. A particle size of the hydrated oilseed meal is reduced to provide a size-reduced oilseed meal. Enhanced oilseed meal is physically separated from the size-reduced oilseed meal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Vijay Singh, James E. Pettigrew, Carl M. Parsons, George C. Fahey
  • Publication number: 20100031825
    Abstract: A blending system includes a first liquid supply arrangement for providing a first liquid component, a second liquid supply arrangement for providing a second liquid component, a mixing arrangement for mixing the first and the second liquid components to form a blending liquid, and a mass flow measuring device for determining the mass flow of the blended liquid at a location downstream of the mixing arrangement. The blending system further includes a control arrangement for controlling the first and the second liquid supply arrangements in response to the mass flow measuring device. The mass flow measuring device may also measure the density and/or volumetric flow of the mixed liquid. The blending system may also be setup without a holding tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Kemp
  • Publication number: 20090285957
    Abstract: The method of soaking grains in water of the invention is a method of soaking grains in water for adding moisture to grains for germination, wherein grains are soaked in water containing microbubbles with bubble diameters of no greater than 50 ?m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: SAPPORO BREWERIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Isao Kishinami
  • Publication number: 20090277342
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to systems and processes for treating food items with ozone water, particularly including the application of ozone either after cooking or before cooling. In one example, a food item is cooked or heated at a first processing station and then transferred to a second station where it may be cooled or packaged. In some cases, particularly in large processing facilities, the food item is transferred from the first station to the second station by a conveyor belt. An ozone water distributor is positioned to spray the food item with ozone water as it travels along the belt from the first station to the second station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: John P. Jetton
  • Patent number: 7520213
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for moistening and handling at least one bale. The apparatus includes an open-topped tank for containing a liquid for moistening the at least one bale, a base and a mast assembly extending upwardly from the base. The mast assembly is rotatable about its longitudinal axis. The apparatus further includes a boom carried by the mast assembly. The boom is moveable between a lowered position and a raised position relative to the base. There is also provided a bale gripping device that depends from the boom. The bale gripping device includes a bale guide for maintaining the at least one bale engaged in a submerged position within the tank to facilitate moistening of the at least one bale. A method of moistening and handling at least one bale is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Gilbrea Consulting Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert James Wilson, William Charles Cecil Upshall
  • Patent number: 7316181
    Abstract: A modulating machine is used to extract and recover the essential oil from citrus fruit such as lemons, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, etc. not removing their peel, but by microperforating it and disrupting oil cells. The oil thus extracted is trapped in water so as to form an aqueous emulsion. The created machine includes a set of grooved disks (9) mounted over corresponding supporting axes (8); a base structure (1) on which lower portion there is a transmission set installed, formed by pulleys (2) and chains or grooved belts (3) operated by a motor (4); a set of supporting axes (8) provided with alternate axial and rotational movement, by a set of operation members (10) interconnected to rod (11) transmitting alternate movement to the connected handles (12), alternating to the ends (13) of the supporting axes (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: FMC Technologies Do Brasil LTDA.
    Inventors: José Luis Comanini Augusto, Paulo Shisuo Moma, Gilmar da Silva Sena, Luiz Fernando da Cruz Baptista, Wagner Ferreira Freire, Francisco Celso Brocchetto, Luciano Rodrigues, Mitsuo Kannami, André Vicente Ricco Lucato
  • Patent number: 6923102
    Abstract: A washing installation includes a first washer (3) for washing slices of root vegetable with water, a second washer in the form of a rotating pipe (4) supplied with water at an infeed end for the slices of root vegetable washed during slicing, and a third washer (20) with a foraminated conveyor (16) for an additional washing of the slices of root vegetable discharged from the pipe (4) and conveyance of the same to a hopper. On each side of an intermediate portion (7), the rotating pipe (4) has a portion (6, 8) with increased diameter. The intermediate portion (7) is perforated. A water inlet is arranged in the portion (8) with increased diameter after the intermediate portion (7) for replacing the washing water flowing out of the perforations of the intermediate portion (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Potato Processing Machinery AB
    Inventors: Jan Bengtsson, Roland Haraldsson
  • Patent number: 6837154
    Abstract: A bale moistening and handling apparatus including: an open-topped tank for containing liquid for moistening bales; means for gripping at least one bale; a boom, the boom having a first end and a second end, the bale gripping means mounted on the boom proximate to the first end; a mast, the mast adapted to slidably carry the second end of the boom, the mast operable to rotate about its longitudinal axis; and, means for operating the bale gripping means, the boom, and the mast; wherein a bale located at a first location can be submerged in the liquid in the tank to moisten the bale and thereafter be removed and deposited at a second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Gilbrea Consulting Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert James Wilson
  • Patent number: 6827007
    Abstract: A drupe which is infested with a larva of a moth or larvae of other insects, and is contaminated with related excretions, referred to as a “frass”, in a central zone within the drupe, is cleansed with a longitudinally bored pitting knife mounted in the pitting head of a conventional pitting machine. A source of cleansing fluid is connected to the bore within the knife and fluid is discharged through radial passages in the knife, which radial passages communicate with the longitudinal bore. In operation, while the knife pits the drupe, fluid discharged from within the knife contacts the walls of the passage left by the ejected pit, and removes the frass. If desired, the drupe may be first pitted, then decontaminated or washed, and/or dried sequentially, in separate stages. The invention is particularly effective with dates, prunes, olives, cherries, nectarines, peaches and avocados.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Efren Castro
  • Publication number: 20040050261
    Abstract: Device and method for washing eggs, wherein the device generally comprises, one or more containers adapted to at least temporarily hold one or more liquids; one or more egg supporting members adapted to support the eggs and to allow the liquid to flow around the eggs when the egg supporting member is at least partially in the container; and one or more gas inlet members adapted to introduce one or more gases into the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Paul K. Boutiette
  • Patent number: 6691608
    Abstract: A device for cheaply and quickly thawing frozen food and particularly frozen meat. A container impervious to water has a quick-release connection for connection to a pump. A second container for holding frozen food is immersed in the first container. The second container will have bores so that water will freely circulate from the first container to the second container. The pump recirculates water through both containers equalizing the water temperature in the container and more quickly thawing frozen food submerged within the water in the second container. A single pump may be connected to more than one water reservoir container making it possible to simply and quickly increase food thawing capacity by simply adding extra containers depending on the amount of frozen food to be thawed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Brett D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6688214
    Abstract: In a production method for processed soybean food products that includes a grinding step (A) in which raw soybeans are ground to obtain a soybean slurry and a heating step (B) in which the obtained soybean slurry is heated and thermally denatured, a deaeration step (C) for removing air bubbles mixed in with the soybean slurry is performed partway through the heating step (B). These steps can be effectively performed using a soybean slurry thermal deaeration device 1 provided with a first heating apparatus 10 for raising the temperature of the soybean slurry to a predetermined intermediate temperature; a deaeration apparatus 20 and a second heating apparatus 30 for completing the thermal denaturation by further heating the soybean slurry once it has been deaerated in the deaeration apparatus 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motokazu Kikuchi, Hideo Shidara, Masato Endo, Shoji Wakao
  • Publication number: 20040022908
    Abstract: A food washing apparatus of the invention includes an ozonized water generator (10), a cylindrical washing tank (1) in which the food materials are put and which can rotate to wash the food materials, a drainage part (4) formed at a part of the washing tank (1) and including openings to such a degree that water passes through and the food materials do not pass through, and wash water pipings (2, 9) which are inserted and disposed in the washing tank (1) in an axial direction and in which water spray holes (2a, 2a) for spraying wash water including at least ozonized water are formed, and while at least one part of the wash water sprayed from the wash water pipings (2, 9) is draind from the washing tank (1) every rotation of the washing tank (1), washing of the food materials is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Takafumi Kanaya, Kazuhisa Okada, Koichi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 6645546
    Abstract: A dietary fiber product having a water absorption capacity of 8 to 15 times its weight and process for producing the same. The process includes the steps of selecting carrot material as the source for the fiber product (21), leaching a puree of the carrot material with an aqueous solution to remove the sugars from the carrot material (26), sizing the particles in the carrot material (34), bleaching the sized carrot material (41), reducing the moisture content of the bleached carrot material (46), flash drying the carrot material (43) and milling the dried carrot material to produce the dietary fiber product (49). A product produced by the process and apparatus for performing the process are disclosed, as are food products made from the carrot-based dietary fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Roney, Cristina E. Lang
  • Publication number: 20030183092
    Abstract: A system and method for applying brine solution to food pieces, such as potato chips, allows application of brine solution to a continuous stream of food pieces in a brine bath, while maintaining a continuously refreshed supply of brine solution in the brine bath, but without requiring that the used brine be discharged as effluent. Food pieces are washed in a water bath and then deposited, with an amount of surface water carried on the washed slices, into a brine bath tank. The brine bath tank has a predetermined volume of brine solution at a predetermined concentration of brining substance in the solution. The food pieces are marinated in the brine bath so as to thoroughly wet the pieces and are then removed from the brine bath tank with an amount of surface solution carried on the slices. The amount of surface solution carried on the marinated slices is greater than the amount of surface water carried on the washed, pre-marinated slices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Applicant: RECOT, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Alan Barber, William Roman Slovak
  • Publication number: 20030159598
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for washing or rinsing food or nonfood items or objects powered by a water source, such as a kitchen faucet or other continuously-running or intermittent source. A pot-shaped chamber at the center of the device, in combination with a smaller pot-shaped chamber, frontwardly and upwardly mounted to said pot shaped chamber at the center, form the vessel for holding water and the items to be washed. This smaller chamber is counterbalanced by a weighted handle to the rear of the vessel. The vessel is, in turn, mounted on a stand that allows it to pivot about its center of gravity. Water from the water source enters the vessel and washes the items inside. When sufficient water has flowed into the smaller chamber of the vessel to place more weight to the front of the center of gravity than the handle provides behind it, the vessel tips forward, spilling out the water that had been inside it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Michael Dutka, William Bevacqua, Anne M. Troop, Elissa Sue Hoeger, Christopher Ray Riley, Philip Salkie
  • Patent number: 6610249
    Abstract: A composition for disinfecting an animal product comprising an electro-chemically activated, anion-containing aqueous solution. A plant for treating an animal product including a water reservoir (12), a salt feed device (16) for creating an aqueous salt solution, an electrolysis device (18) to produce anolyte and catolyte solutions, an anion mixing tank (28), and a treatment container (30) to apply the solution to an animal product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Radical Waters IP (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Gilbert Theo Hinze
  • Patent number: 6599546
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and apparatus for producing heat-pasteurized or sterilized beverages from concentrate. The system comprises heating a diluent and combining the first metered diluent stream with a metered stream of beverage concentrate to produce a primary reconstituted beverage solution. The system further provides combining the primary reconstituted beverage solution with a metered second diluent stream to produce a secondary reconstituted solution, wherein the second diluent stream is also directed from the heated diluent, but is cooled to provide direct heat transfer. Various additives may be provided to the beverage solution throughout the system based on their sensitivity to heat, pH and water solubility. The invention provides greater efficiency of production and control over quality and amount of the ingredients in the final beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: The Coca Cola Company
    Inventor: Sevugan Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 6544572
    Abstract: Bean sprouts conveyed on a conveyor are caused to fall into a number of cylindrical cases moved on an upper severing table so that the bean sprouts are enclosed in the respective cases in a standing state. Air is caused to blow from over the cylindrical cases by a blowing casing so that downward roots or leaves of the bean sprouts in the cylindrical cases are caused to fall into the severing slits. A first severing work is carried out in which the root or leaf of the bean sprout is held between a lower edge of the cylindrical case and an edge of the severing slit to be severed. A second severing work is then carried out in which the cylindrical cases are inverted upside down so that the bean sprouts in the cases are inverted upside down and so that the downward roots and leaves of the bean sprouts are severed by the lower severing table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Salad Cosmo U.S.A. Corp.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nakada
  • Patent number: 6523555
    Abstract: A device for washing and drying foods has an elastic sleeve-shaped body having two opposite ends, one of the ends being fixable elastically and water tightly onto an edge of a container, a filter provided with a plurality of openings for water to run through and arranged in another end of the body and a closing cap adapted to close and to open the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Hutzler Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Baccini
  • Patent number: 6508257
    Abstract: A hands-free, electrically operated food washing device having a fluid dispenser, such as a reservoir, a wash compartment, a motor-driven agitator, a removable food basket, and a drain for removing soiled fluid from the device. Also provided are controls allowing a user to vary wash cycle parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Sandra S. Rich
  • Patent number: 6499392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for rehydrating a predetermined quantity of food granules with a predetermined quantity of water. For this purpose, the water is first of all sprayed as a fine shower onto a portion of the food granules forming a first layer of granules in a chamber (22). Food granules are then deposited in layers on the first layer of granules and sprayed with water in the form of a fine shower in the chamber (22) until the predetermined quantity of food granules and water has been obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventors: Erich Aichele, Manfred Vollmer, Christian Henge, Manfred Hoehne, Bernd Georg Jakob Voelker
  • Patent number: 6440475
    Abstract: A grain moisture measuring apparatus and method for measuring the moisture content of the grain as the grain moves through a grain conditioning system in which moisture is applied to the grain at a first location. The grain moisture measuring apparatus includes a sample extraction mechanism located at a point downstream from the first location where moisture is applied to the grain. The sample extraction mechanism extracts a sample of grain from the grain moving through the grain conditioning system. A grinding mechanism is connected to the sample extraction mechanism with the grain sample being transferred to the grinding mechanism which then grinds the sample to physically alter the sample. The apparatus further includes a moisture sensor positioned adjacent the grinding mechanism wherein the sample of grain is transferred to a location adjacent the moisture sensor after the grain sample is ground so that the moisture sensor measures the moisture content of the grain sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: SarTec Corporation
    Inventors: Larry McNeff, Steve Rupp, Matt Wendorf, Joel Claflin, Clayton McNeff, Pete Greuel, Lowell Sedler
  • Patent number: 6427584
    Abstract: A method and system of processing citrus fruit is disclosed. A peeling chamber has opposing ends and a fruit inlet and fruit outlet formed at respective opposing ends. Abrasive rollers are rotatably mounted in an arcuate configuration within the peeling chamber at an area forming a lower portion of the peeling chamber. Citrus fruit is fed into the peeling chamber through the fruit inlet to the fruit outlet. The citrus fruit engages the rotating abrasive rollers with a residence time within the peeling chamber for peeling off the outer surface of the fruit in an amount sufficient to remove a majority of the oil within the citrus fruit and leaving sufficient peel thickness for maintaining peel integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Thomas, Alex Schuermans, Michael L. Suter, Salvador Garcia
  • Patent number: 6393977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for eliminating pathogenic organisms from raw food products, such as raw shellfish, whereby the molluscan shellfish is exposed to hydrostatic pressure of relatively high value, for example between 20,000 p.s.i. to 50,000 p.s.i. for 1-15 minutes. The process is conducted at ambient temperatures, leaving the raw shellfish substantially unaffected, in its desired raw state, such that the pathogenic organisms are destroyed, while sensory characteristics of the raw shellfish remain high. The same process can be used for shucking oysters without any mechanical force. A high pressure processor for elimination of bacteria in raw food products is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Innovatit Seafood Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Ernest A. Voisin
  • Patent number: 6379732
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for severing roots of bean sprouts and dewatering the bean sprouts are disclosed. Bean sprouts are supplied onto a severing and dewatering table having a number of severing slits each of which has such a width that a root of a bean sprout falls into each severing slit. Air is caused to blow from above the severing and dewatering table so that a flow of air flowing downward through the severing slits is produced to cause the roots of the bean sprouts on the severing and dewatering table to fall into the severing slits. The roots of the bean sprouts fallen in the severing slits are severed by a cutter blade while water adherent to the bean sprouts are being blown away by wind pressure downward from the severing slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Salad Cosmo U.S.A. Corp.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nakada
  • Patent number: 6346288
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for severing roots of bean sprouts are disclosed. Bean sprouts are supplied onto a severing table having a number of severing slits each of which has such a width that a root of a bean sprout falls into each severing slit. Water is sprinkled over the severing table so that the roots of the bean sprouts on the severing table flow into the severing slits. The roots of the bean sprouts fallen in the severing slits are severed by a cutter blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Salad Cosmo U.S.A. Corp.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nakada
  • Patent number: 6260480
    Abstract: An egg cleaning kit is provided for removing contents of a raw egg from the interior of a shell so that the shell's exterior surface may be decorated. The kit includes a hole-former for producing an opening through the shell, and an injector including a nozzle that is insertable through the opening. The injector operates to introduce air into the interior at a pressure greater than ambient pressure whereby the interior becomes pressurized thereby to eject the contents of the raw egg from the shell. The egg cleaning kit may also include either a surface decoration material adapted to be applied to the exterior surface of the shell during the decorative process, a holder for engaging the shell after removal of the contents and for supporting the shell during the decorative process, or a container which includes a lid for allowing submersion of the shell in the decorative fluid. A method of treating a raw egg for decorative purposes is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Kea L. Bardeen