Water flow for auger type poultry chiller

  • US 6,397,622 B1
  • Filed: 08/11/2000
  • Issued: 06/04/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/11/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An auger type food product chiller, comprising:

  • a tank comprising longitudinal side walls having an inlet end and an outlet end, an inlet wall closing said inlet end, an outlet wall closing said outlet end, wherein said longitudinal side walls, said inlet wall and said outlet wall together form a semi-cylinder having an inner surface and an outer surface;

    an auger comprising at least one flight having outer edges, said auger mounted for rotation within said tank and having an axis of rotation whereby rotation of said auger moves a food product from said inlet end of said tank to said outlet end of said tank, wherein said inner surface of said tank side walls conforms closely to said outer edges of said one or more flights of said auger;

    means for removing the food product from said outlet end;

    means for discharging chilling water from said inlet end of said tank;

    refrigerating means external to said outer surface of said tank for refrigerating the chilling water discharged from said inlet end of said tank;

    means for re-circulating chilling water from said refrigerating means and introducing chilling water into said outlet end of said tank.

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