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Patent Pick: Ground Meat Replica

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Patent Picks are chosen by the editors from publicly available sources. Today's patent is a ground meat replica, complete with non-animal fat meat flavor.

Ground meat texture, flavor replica
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/153666
Publication date: Oct. 8, 2015
Assignee: Impossible Foods Inc., R. Varadan, S. Solomatin, C. Holz-Schietinger, E. Cohn, A. Klapholz-Brown, J. Woan-Yi Shiu, A. Kale, J. Karr and R. Fraser

This patent relates to ground meat replicas, particularly plant-based products that mimic ground meat including its fibrousness, heterogeneity in texture, beefy flavor and red-to-brown color transition during cooking.

Said replicas include proteins selected based upon the temperature at which they gel and/or denature to replicate the behavior and qualities of meat during cooking, i.e., the firming, syneresis (water release), chew texture or mouth feel.

Further disclosed is a method to flavor the replica that involves combining a non-animal fat with a highly conjugated heterocyclic ring complexed to an iron ion and/or a first iron salt, and one or more flavor precursors, then heating the mixture.

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