Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t possibly get any more bizarre, a company has brought out the world’s first 3D-printed vegan steak. Redefine Meat, an Israeli company based in Rehovot, has unveiled an ‘Alt-Steak’ which replicates the texture, flavour and appearance of real-life meat – all thanks to 3D-printing technology. The new Alt-Steak is made out of soy and pea proteins, coconut fat and sunflower oil, along with natural colours and flavours. Designed to recreate the muscle structure of beef, the faux steak is high in protein and – being plant-based – has no cholesterol.
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It seems no details have been spared with this creation either. Working with leading butchers, chefs, food technologists and taste experts, Redefine Meat has digitally mapped more than 70 different sensory factors – including the cut’s texture, juiciness, fat distribution, feel in the mouth and more. The company is expected to start testing the alternative beef cuts in high-end restaurants in Israel as earlier as next month – with plans to roll it out in European restaurants next year and at supermarkets in 2022.
The people behind the Alt-Steak are saying the invention could mean big things for the food industry, too. Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, CEO and co-founder of Redefine Meat, told The Media Line: ‘This is the world’s first 3D-printed steak that can really pass the test of what is a steak. ‘We’ve reached a milestone because we can print steaks on a large scale and the taste and texture are amazing.
‘To make a meatless steak that resembles the muscle of an animal requires the use of a special 3D printer. ‘Until now, nobody had this kind of printer and we developed it in the past two years.’
Of course, Redefine Meat isn’t the only brand dipping its toe in the ‘lab-grown’ meat trend. Three years ago, Beyond Burger launched its vegan ‘bleeding’ burger – a product designed to look, cook and taste just like a fresh beef burger.