A startup is 3D printing plant-based steaks to recreate the taste and texture of the real thing — see how they do it
Mary MeisenzahlSep 3, 2020, 22:22 IST
Redefine Meat is using 3D printing to recreate the texture of real steak. "The muscle, the blood, and the fat...These are the components that we need to mimic in order to reach the perfect beautiful steak," Redefine Meat food engineer Alexey Tomsov told Business Insider.
CEO Eshchar Ben-Shitrit told Reuters something similar. "You need a 3D printer to mimic the structure of the muscle of the animal," he said.
"Fat is flavor, fat is texture. You need to have this play between the muscle fibers and the jelly kind of consistency coming from the fat," Ben-Shitrit told Bloomberg Businessweek.
While 3D printing is only one technology of many being tested in the alternative meat industry, "having new technologies ... doesn't necessarily solve the flavor and taste problem," scientist Stacy Pyett told Reuters.
Right now, the machines can produce 13 pounds of meat an hour, but the company plans to release a newer generation that can print 44 pounds per hour next year.
"The idea is to replace a cow. So each of our machines produce in a day exactly like a cow, up to 250 [kilograms] in a single day,"Ben-Shitrit told Business Insider.
So far, Redefine Meat has not disclosed how much the steaks will cost, though they say they will be comparable to traditional steaks.
The full recipe is a secret, but it includes soy and pea proteins, coconut fat, and sunflower oil.
The company is focusing resources on whole steaks, rather than ground beef or sausages, which have gone more mainstream recently.
Redefine Meat hopes to show off some 3D printed steaks at high-end restaurants in Israel, Germany, and Switzerland by the end of the year.