This ribeye has been 3D printed using cow cells: its creators claim to be able to produce any type of steak
Aleph Farms, a food company of Israeli origin, and Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) they assure have created the “first steak without slaughter, using 3D bioprinting technology and natural components of meat. “In other words, the fillet on these lines has been created by printing cells from real cows (without genetic engineering, they claim from the companies) in three dimensions, so it has not been necessary to sacrifice no animal.
According to the Israeli company, its 3D bioprinting technology consists of print real living cells which are then incubated to “grow, differentiate and interact”, in order to achieve “the texture and qualities of a real steak”. Through a proprietary system similar to vascularization, the fillet achieves the perfusion of nutrients through the tissue and “gives the ribeye a shape and structure similar to that of its native form, as found in cattle before and during cooking,” notes Aleph Farms.
Applicable to any steak
The company already got in 2018 grow a steak from scratch, but not with this technique. However, Aleph Farms explains that this steak is a proof of concept, so it does not appear to be a ready-to-market product yet. However, thanks to this 3D bioprinting technique they claim to have the “ability to produce any type of fillet”, so they are already planning to expand their catalog.
The ribeye is thicker than the 2018 steak and incorporates muscle and fat “similar to those of its euthanized counterpart.” They also ensure from the company that it has the same organoleptic attributes. Of course, the company has not commented on the taste, which was one of the aspects to improve its creation in 2018.
“With the completion of this milestone, we have broken down barriers to introduce new levels of variety in cultured meat cuts that we can now produce. When we look to the future of 3D bioprinting, the opportunities are endless, “says Shulamit Levenberg, Aleph Farms co-founder and Technion professor. In fact, Aleph Farms has already demonstrated the potential of their technology. printing meat in space.
This is not the first time we have heard of this technology. As early as 2013 Modern Meadows explained the advantages of printing meat from cell tissues extracted from cows or pigs. At that time, its CEO said he had tried several prototypes of grilled printed meat and that its taste was recognizable, although there was work ahead.
Be that as it may, it is no secret that food companies are looking for sustainable alternatives to animal meat. It is already common to find in fast food restaurants plant-based burgers and we have even seen from time to time vegan steaks printed in 3D.