The world's first vegan 3D printed steak that looks, tastes, and feels like beef will launch at restaurants in Israel later this year
Redefine Meat has unveiled the world’s first plant-based steak, Alt-Steak, created using innovative 3D printing methods.
The ground-breaking plant-based steak will be available to try in select high-end Israeli restaurants later this year with the company hoping to make it more widely available by 2021 following the market trial.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in awareness of the sustainability issues deriving from our current meat consumption and its damaging impact on the environment.
Rehovot-based company Redefine Meat understands that in order to create a meat alternative that can be enjoyed by all, including the most ardent of meat-lovers, it must mimic the texture, flavour, and appearance of beef steak.
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In order to create a realistic steak that’s completely vegan, Redefine Meat has worked with leading butchers, chefs, food technologists to replicate the ‘texture, juiciness, fat distribution, and mouthfeel’ of beef.
The 3D printed steak might look, taste, and feel like beef but it’s made from soy proteins, pea proteins, coconut fat, and sunflower oil, plus natural colours and flavourings and contains no animal ingredients.
Tasty and affordable
Co-Founder of Redefine Meat, Eshchar Ben-Shitrit, said that the company has worked hard to create a ‘tasty and affordable plant-based alternative to steaks’.
In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Ben-Shitrit said Redefine Meat is proud to have created a product using technologies that will “accelerate the development of a wide range of alt-meat whole muscle products and create a sustainable alternative to raising and eating animals.”
Ben-Shitrit continued, “The importance of using precision 3D printing technology to achieve texture, color and flavor—and the combinations between them—cannot 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.
“This is unique to our 3D printing technology and lets us achieve unprecedented control of what happens inside the matrix of alt-meat. Collaborating with an industry-leader like Givaudan has led to the creation of an Alt-Steak product that is not only healthy and sustainable, but also offers the satisfying flavors, textures and aromas of eating actual meat.”
Redefine Meat’s Alt-Steak products will be put to the test at a limited number of leading chef restaurants later this year. Incorporating feedback from high-level chefs and butchers, the company will then ramp up production of its 3D meat printers and alt-meat formulations ahead of market distribution in 2021.