The food printer is an appliance from Runaway to the Stars, used a lot in
spaceships for ready-made “foodlike” products. It’s not good at making
anything that cannot be recreated as a smooth paste or slurry, so it
mostly gets used for stuff like bread, tofu, sausage, egg, juice,
porridge, chips, and etc. The products are usually pretty junky… ie., high carbs, high fat, and over-seasoned to compensate for slightly ‘off’ flavor and texture. The very fancy ones can make a wider variety
of food pastes cooked in more interesting ways than baked/fried, but
they’re bloody expensive and only found on huge ships or in space ports.
Smaller ships usually also have a huge freezer and a regular kitchen,
so they can stock up on better, tastier food at ports. The Staraways crew
has a HumBugBird model for feeding their coed crew, and Talita has her
personal centaur food printer that she’s owned and eaten from for the
majority of her life. Someone…. get this poor girl some real meat…
I’m a biologist, not an engineer, so this is my best shot at drawing one. If anyone with more experience in this area wants to talk about scifi appliances, feel free to hit me up.