It has been a while since companies and universities have begun working on developing 3D printing. One of the major potentials for this has always been the food industry. People are now aware of 3D printing as a way of producing or even designing food. But perhaps a revolution has arrived even in this new field. Redefined Meat has developed a 3D Printed Steak. Interested in learning more? Let’s dive right in.
3D Printed food
But first, what is 3D printed food? 3D food printing is the process of manufacturing food products using a variety of additive manufacturing techniques. Most commonly, food-grade syringes hold the printing material, which is then deposited through a food-grade nozzle layer by layer.
3D printing food is very similar to a regular fused filament fabrication 3D printer in the sense that a print head extrudes material onto a surface. The material should possess two properties:
- Should be able to be fluid while being extruded from the print head.
- Should be able to solidify and maintain its shape on the Peltier plate.
Redefine Meat uses a technology which produces animal-free meat with the same appearance, texture and flavour of animal meat, from natural and sustainable ingredients.
Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO and Co-Founder of Redefine Meat, states:
“Since day one of the company, we have been working on creating a tasty and affordable plant-based alternative to steaks, one of the most cherished food products and the driver of the entire meat industry. To enable mass adoption, we knew that creating an alternative meat product that was both high in quality and nutritional composition would require new technologies and production processes never seen before in the food industry.”
3D Printed Steak
If you are wondering why a steak of all things, well it’s because a good steak has a special place in every meat lover’s heart. It is delicious and is extremely nutrient-dense. Add to this, the popularity of the dish in countries like America and we can see that Redefine Meat has a potential winner in their hands.
But choosing steak also poses some problems. Replicating a steak in terms of its flavours requires a team of butchers, chefs and even food technologists. The flavour profile and texture of steak is one of the primary reasons why it is so popular so replicating it is a crucial task. In fact, Redefine Meat even outsourced from the flavour house Givaudan.
They have identified and mapped over 70 parameters for their 3D printed steak. This helps in ensuring that the steak is replicated in terms of its mouthfeel, texture, the way it sizzles and juiciness.
The name of this product is ‘Alt-Steak’ and it comprises of their own formulated plant-based ingredients. The name of some of the ingredients are:
There we have it, a high protein, cholesterol-free replacement of steak. If Alt-Steak really does manage to replicate the flavour-profile and texture of actual steak, we might be witnessing a major change in the steak we consume or perhaps even the meat industry.
“The importance of using precision 3D printing technology to achieve texture, colour and flavour—and the combinations between them—can not be overstated. By using separate formulations for muscle, fat and blood, we can focus on each individual aspect of creating the perfect Alt-Steak product.”
If you are wondering though about why do we need all this in the first place? Well, a sustainable food system is the answer we have for you.