Method for producing a dehydrated whole food product

  • US RE41,885 E1
  • Filed: 04/16/2008
  • Issued: 10/26/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for producing a reconstitutable dehydrated chunky bean product so as to substantially eliminate hard beans from the bean product, the method comprising:

  • a. separately hydrating first and second portions of raw beans by maintaining the entirety of said first and second portions submerged in a wetting liquid for respective first and second hydration periods so as to obtain respective first and second portions of unchopped hydrated beans;

    b. separately cooking each of said first and second portions of hydrated beans to obtain respective first and second portions of unchopped cooked beans;

    c. chopping said first portion of the cooked beans to form a composition of a desired texture;

    d. forming the texturized composition into a generally flat sheet;

    e. drying the flat sheet of texturized composition;

    f. forming the sheet into chunks;

    g. drying the second portion of unchopped cooked beans using microwave energy; and

    h. adding the dried second portion of unchopped cooked beans to said chunks.

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