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#1 Old 09-21-2017, 01:36 PM
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Inside The Strange Science Of The Fake Meat That 'Bleeds'

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THE COOK, COMPLETE with hair net, lays the red patty down on the grill and gives it a press with a spatula. And there, that unmistakable sizzle and smell. She flips the patty and gives it another press, lets it sit, presses it, and pulls it off the grill and onto a bun.
This is no diner, and this is no ordinary cook. She's wearing not an apron, but a lab coat and safety goggles, standing in a lab-kitchen hybrid in a Silicon Valley office park. Here a company called Impossible Foods has over the last six years done something not quite impossible, but definitely unlikely: Engineering a plant-based burger that smells, tastes, looks, and even feels like ground beef.
There are other veggie burgers on the market, of course, but Impossible Foods wants to sell consumers a real meat analog—one that requires a very different kind of engineering than your Boca or black bean burgers. So WIRED wants to take you on the deepest dive yet into the science behind the Impossible Burger.
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This is interesting! The concept grosses me out a bit but as long as it's vegan I'll try it.

Would you eat a burger that 'bleeds'?
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#2 Old 09-22-2017, 08:52 AM
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I've seen beet burgers in recipe blogs. They look a bit red and bloody, because beetroot (see below). I find that quite funnt as they're not really even trying to be meat, it's just veg. Like peeled grapes aren't really trying to be eyeballs at Halloween and everyone knows it. It's just kid level 'eew'.

No objection to a mock meat that 'bleeds' in principle, but I really don't see the point in deliberately making a product that genuinely pretends to bleed blood if it brings nothing else to the table (great pun right? ;-P ) The mock meat frozen quarter-pounder burgers I get from the super market are 'juicy' like a burger once cooked, and perfect for it. That adds something. But it's brown juicy, not bloody red.


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I wouldn't be grossed-out by a "bloody"- looking burger, so long as no animals were harmed in the making of it... but for me, how it looks is the last thing on my list of food desires- way down below nutrition, ethics, flavor, texture, aroma, and cost. I've been quite happy with the veggie burgers I've had, even the ones that aren't convincingly "meaty" at all. A truly juicy veggie burger would be nice though.

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I had the Impossible burger, and it wasn't 'bloody', but it was incredibly good! You (I?) could tell it wasn't ground meat, but it had the density, and a similar juiciness to it that you don't get with whole plant foods. It's expensive but something I would love to get at a good restaurant!

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Fave burger?

I like the Beyond Meat burgers when I have a craving, but they are so full of oil I try to stay away.I am working on a WFPB version at home, no oil. It would be great if they came up with a less fattening one!
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I've only had the Beyond Meat burger - I think its called the Beast or something like that. I've been looking for the Impossible Burger for a while but I haven't seen it in any of the stores I usually go to.

But during BBQ season I tried lots of these patties and I did like Beyond Meat the best. Field Roast was pretty good too. but about the only one I would regularly eat might be Dr. Praegers. Doesn't look and taste like a beef burger, but if fits on a bun and is the healthiest of the bunch.
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I found the Impossible Burger mingling with ground beef! Someone who doesn't pay attention to labels could conceivably buy and cook it without much more than a "mmmm, there's something different about that burger...and it's awfully lean"
I tried the Beast burger and there was something about it I didn't care for. My son loved it

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I like the Beyond Meat burgers when I have a craving, but they are so full of oil I try to stay away.I am working on a WFPB version at home, no oil. It would be great if they came up with a less fattening one!
Interesting. My main health-related complaint about most veggie burgers (and actually about most vegetarian or vegan convenience foods) is that they're too high in salt/sodium.
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