Could something like this become a part of your food service?
At the website Science World Report (Fair warning that going to the website will start at least one annoying video ad) there is a story about a 3 year project spearheaded by Biozoon a German company that is working to develop a 3D printer where you can load powered food mixes to which you can add color and texture to create real looking and tasting food or something close to real looking and tasting food. The target is elders who have difficulty swallowing. Rather than having cartridges that contain red, green or blue ink, the cartridges will discharge meat, vegetables and carbohydrates.
More details from the Science Report website: “The 3D printer will be able to create easily digestible food, which not only maintains the shape and taste of the real thing, but can also be fortified with specific nutrients.”
“. . .at the moment these foods are hand made by a chef and this is quite time-consuming and available only to a limited number of people. The three-year PERFORMANCE project hopes to have developed 3D food printer technology and specialized texturing systems by the time it finishes in 2015 that can make safe, appetizing meals available to many more people.”
“. . . .elderly residents will be able to choose from different menus each week and the meals will be prepared in a processing plant before delivery. It is hoped that the new technology will also mean that food can be personalised, adding specific vitamins or nutrients – for example folic acid – as required by residents.”
“The printer will create the first layer of the food, for example, the two-dimensional form of a chicken wing, with liquid from the meat cartridge and shaped by 48 nozzles in the printer head.”
“A gelation agent, which is currently being developed, will be added to the liquid in the cartridges, so that the food sticks together. Eventually, after many layers have been printed, the finished product emerges: the jellified chicken wing – or any other type of food such as carrots or pudding.”
Would this work for you?
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