3D printed steaks are served in restaurants

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Plant-based meat substitutes have been available for years, including in grocery stores and fast food joints — usually fake beef burgers. Today, fake steaks are created by 3D printers and served in restaurants.

Redefine Meat – an Israeli startup – makes 3D printed steaks. Redefine Meat uses ingredients such as soy, pea protein, beets, chickpeas, nutritional yeast and coconut fat to make its plant-based steaks. Redefine Meat’s 3D printed meat is designed to mimic flank steak.

“Redefine Beef Flank is a juicy, plant-based flank cut loved by meat lovers that is rich in flavor and extremely fibrous,” says Redefine Meat. “Although relatively lean, flank cuts are packed with delicious flavor, which has earned them a place of honor among the world’s top chefs. Redefine Beef Flank is prepared with sizzling innovation. This tender cut of New-Meat beef is perfect for grilling or cooking, and will become the star of almost any dish, allowing vegans and meat lovers to enjoy great meat, without compromising on taste or durability.

Plant-based steaks are now sold in restaurants at prices between $25 and $40.

“It’s a price similar to how these restaurants charge traditional beef steak,” BGR reported. “In addition to the 3D printed steaks, Redefine Meat will also supply ‘premium’ burgers, lamb skewers, ground beef and sausages to other restaurants in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. . This should give restaurateurs several ways to try the plant-based meats offered by the company. »

“With these new 3D printed steaks, however, Redefine Meat is using 3D printing, along with artificial intelligence to recreate the meat,” the outlet reported. “This includes capturing the muscle fiber feel of animal meat, as well as the juicy, yet firm texture. This has allowed the company to create 3D-printed steaks that look, taste and smell like real beef or lamb.

Eshchar Ben-Shitrit – chief executive and founder of Redefine Meat – told the Guardian that the 3D-printed steak tasted “too meaty”.

“I personally don’t eat meat,” Ben-Shitrit said. “I think it’s wrong to kill animals and eat them. But to get the flexitarian, better ignore the vegan’s advice.

Redefine Meat did not say whether or not the meat substitutes company would expand its operations in the United States.

“By some estimates, 30% of calories consumed globally by humans come from meat products, including beef, chicken, and pork,” according to industry analyst consensus CB Insights. “The global meat market could be worth up to $2.7 trillion by 2040.”

In 2020, Americans consumed a record 224.63 pounds per person, including beef, pork, total chicken, turkey and lamb, according to the CME Group.

Dino S. Williams