[Spain] It’s a food that many people know and love, but now beef steak has been given a very modern update.
Nova Meat has developed a plant-based steak that’s made from pea and algae, but has the same fibrous texture as real beef thanks to 3D printing.
The start-up revealed the meat-substitute at Mobile World Congress this week, where Mirror Online got a demo of the printing process.
The basic mixture is made from rice, peas and algae, and is fed into a 3D printer.
During the printing process, the microfilaments within the paste align just like muscle fibres do in real beef.
This alignment gives the steaks a beef-like texture, despite the fact that they contain no meat.
The printing process takes around 3 minutes, during which time layers of the paste of carefully printed into the shape of a steak.
During the demo, Giuseppe Scionti, founder of Nova Meat, printed a steak, before placing it on the a hot grill.
Surprisingly, the steak acting just like the real beef deal, quickly turning a dark brown colour.
Once it was cooked, Mr Scionti cut the steak in half, and the inside had the distinct fibrous texture of meat.
Nova Meat hopes that the plant-based steaks will encourage more people to reduce the amount of meat they eat. Sadly they’re not yet available to buy – but watch this space
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