Insights 15 Printed Tortilla Chips

This is one of the reasons why I really believe 3D food printers will become a standard kitchen appliance in homes.

This weekend I played the role of the food manufacturer: I manufactured (printed) my own tortilla chips, to go along with the freshly made guacamole that my 9 year old daughter made.

I wanted oil-free, low salt, baked tortilla chips, made with white corn. Something that’s pretty much impossible to find in a supermarket.

And I wanted tortilla chips that didn’t leave that slightly greasy aftertaste. You know what I’m talking about if you eat any pre-made chips.

So the only way to have those types of chips was to make them myself.

Normally I wouldn’t bother, as it’s quite the hassle. Making the dough, rolling it out very thin (which is difficult for a lot of people, including me), cutting the chips ... = hassle.

But I have a Foodini in my kitchen. With Foodini, the task of making my own tortilla chips customized to my specifications wasn’t so daunting at all. As a matter of fact, it was surprisingly easy!

I made my own dough, consisting of white corn flour, a bit of white flour (as I ran out of corn flour – sometimes you have to get creative in the kitchen and not stick so hard to a recipe), water, and a dash of salt. That’s it. No additives. No preservatives. No palm oil as found in most chips. No oil at all. No excessive amount of salt.

Just my ingredients. I became the food manufacturer as Foodini – which is really a mini food manufacturing kitchen appliance – printed my chips. I went for the standard triangle shape – a proven good dipping shape. And we printed just the amount we needed: no food waste.

The result was brilliant! Great tasting, crunchy, fresh chips. All guilt-free as I knew exactly what was in them.

As I sat and enjoyed our freshly made chips and guacamole with my family, I thought about all the other things I buy packaged that I will be able to print. Customized ingredients, freshly made, easy to make yourself. That’s one of the reasons we created Foodini.

Added bonus: no plastic packaging waste in the form of tortilla chip bags as sold in supermarkets.

It’s not just about the fancy shapes you can print with Foodini, but your basic shapes and basic foods – like triangle tortilla chips. It’s game-changing when you can easily print your own versions of customized foods and not have to rely on generic one-size-fits-all packages.

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