Patent Number: 6,251,466

Title: Particulate natural fruit product and method of making same

Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel method of making a non-liquid fruit product (fruit chip) which has a natural fruit flavor and which can be formed in desired individual or discrete configurations and sizes. A method of making a dry particulate natural fruit chip product comprising: (a) adding a fruit ingredient and water to a heated kettle; (b) adding buffer, sugar and pectin to the fruit ingredient and water; (c) boiling the buffer, sugar and pectin fruit ingredient and water mixture to hydrate the pectin; (d) adding liquid sugar to the mixture and continuing to boil the mixture until excess water is boiled away; (e) adding sugar to the mixture in the kettle to reduce the temperature of the mixture and increase solids concentration; (i) transporting the mixture from the kettle through a heat exchanger to raise the temperature of the mixture; (g) adding acid and flavoring mix to the mixture and mixing the acid/flavour into the mixture; (h) passing the mixture into a heated depositor and dispensing the mixture onto a surface in the form of discrete fruit chips; (i) retaining the fruit chips on the surface until they lose heat and form a stable gel; (j) transporting the gelled fruit chips through a zone to remove excess moisture and enhance gel strength of the fruit chips; and (k) transporting the fruit chips through a cooling zone so that the fruit chips lose further heat and reach ambient temperature.

Inventors: McGuire; Denis (Abbotsford, CA), De Haan; Edward Richard (Abbotsford, CA), Clark; Robert Hodge (Abbotsford, CA)

Assignee: Brookside Foods, Ltd.

International Classification: A23L 1/0524 (20060101); A23L 1/0532 (20060101); A23L 1/06 (20060101); A23L 1/052 (20060101); A23L 1/064 (20060101); A23L 001/06 (); A23L 001/05 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018