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Fake Steak

This Meaty-Looking “Steak” Is Made From Peas and Seaweed

byKristin Houser
1. 10. 20
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Novameat calls it the "most realistic" plant-based steak yet.

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A number of startups have already managed to create plant-based alternatives to ground meats like hamburger. Creating a plant-based version of whole cuts of meats, however, has proven far more challenging.

But now, Spanish startup Novameat has unveiled a plant-based steak it says is the “most realistic” yet — and it costs about the same as what you’re likely to pay for a traditional cut of beef.

Steak 2.0

Novameat’s Steak 2.0 certainly looks like the steak you’d find at the grocery store, but it’s actually made out of a mix that include peas, seaweed, and beetroot juice.

The company used a 3D printer to produce thin fibers out of the ingredients, thereby giving its Steak 2.0 the “meaty” appearance that meat eaters are used to seeing in their steaks.

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Novameat may have nailed the look of steak, but founder Giuseppe Scionti told The Guardian that the company still hasn’t locked down the taste — though it expects to reach a final formulation within the next few months.

Final Touches

Currently, Novameat spends $1.50 producing 50 grams of its Steak 2.0, or about $13.60 per pound, which isn’t too far from what you might pay for a cut of beef at the store.

Novameat is working to bring that cost down by scaling up production. If it can do that — and perfect the flavor of Steak 2.0 — it might not be long before fake steak reaches the mainstream, just like the plant-based burgers, nuggets, and meatballs that came before it.

READ MORE: ‘Most realistic’ plant-based steak revealed [The Guardian]

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