For those who’re a vegan or vegetarian (or, heck, simply somebody who can go one meal with out chowing down on animal flesh), you might have come throughout burger joints swapping out the standard meat patty for a juicy portobello mushroom in a burger. The deceptively named foodie startup Meati Meals takes this meat different method to the subsequent stage, nonetheless.
As the newest firm to enter the more and more crowded faux meat market, they’ve developed a foodstuff they declare each seems to be and tastes like a steak, however is definitely made solely from mushroom. In doing so, Meati hopes to problem the may (or is that meat?) of comparable firms corresponding to Unimaginable Meals and Past Meat.
Meati Meals’ co-founders met on the College of Colorado. In response to their web site they, “linked over just a few beers and realized their shared ardour for serving to individuals and the planet via engineering and science.”
Evidently the beers might have been an instrumental of the story, too, since among the processes concerned in brewing are additionally used for creating Meati Meals’ fake meaty meals. The product begins with mycelium, the vegetative a part of a fungus, consisting of a community of white filaments. This fungus is fermented in massive tanks of water, sugar, and vitamins, earlier than being harvested in a course of described as “just like cheese making.” After this, it’s handed off to in-house “culinary consultants” who add the pure components which supplies it its meaty style.
The usage of fungus isn’t nearly getting the best texture. It may be produced exceptionally shortly utilizing the fermentation course of. In response to its creators, the equal quantity of “meat” to that produced by nearly four,500 cows might be made in a single day. The method can be much more sustainable by way of the assets used. As such, not solely might this spare the lives of cattle who would in any other case meet a extra grisly demise, but it surely might moreover be a scalable, environmentally pleasant different to the present meat business.
Meati Meals presently plans for its meals to start out being bought at a restricted variety of eating places in Colorado in early 2020. Hopefully, it received’t be too lengthy after that earlier than it expands to a larger variety of areas so we will attempt it for ourselves.