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Now We're Cooking with Lasers

By Columbia University

September 22, 2021

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Columbia University researchers have been creating laser-cooked and three-dimensionally (3D) printed foods since 2007.

Recent experiments considered different cooking modalities by exposing chicken to blue and infrared light, then 3D-printing a sample to evaluate cooking depth, color development, moisture retention, and flavor differences between laser-cooked and stove-cooked meat.

The team learned laser-cooked meat shrinks less, retains more moisture, and exhibits similar flavor development to stove-cooked meat.

Columbia's Hod Lipson said, "What we still don't have is what we call 'Food CAD [computer-assisted design],' sort of the Photoshop of food.

"We need a high-level software that enables people who are not programmers or software developers to design the foods they want. And then we need a place where people can share digital recipes, like we share music."

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