Food synthesizer

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A pair of Institute synthesizers in the commissary.

Food synthesizers or food extruders are special machines created before the Great War to provide humans with a convenient, inexpensive source of nutrition. Used primarily in Vaults, they provided the dwellers entombed within with a nutritionally balanced source of food. Of course, Vault-Tec also experimented with the synthesizers, either not providing enough of them to supply the entire population of select Vaults[1] or rigging them to provide a sub-optimal food supply - such as a thin, watery gruel in lieu of proper nutrition.[2]

The Institute perfected this technology over the years of its seclusion, creating robust machines that could provide a much more varied supply of food. Although they still have the consistency of paste, Institute dwellers can select the type and taste of their food. Options include protein (beef, ham, chicken, and bacon flavors), fiber (lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and fruit), and fat (peanut, butter, icecream, and grease), and form the backbone of their food supply.[3]


  1. The Chosen One: "{221}{}{What do you mean?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{222}{prs35}{We had a number of sanctuaries that would enable the glorious American civilization to endure. These facilities - the vaults - were part of the great plan.}"
    The Chosen One: "{223}{}{Those damn vaults didn't work the way they were supposed to. A lot of people in them died.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{224}{prs36}{Actually, they worked almost exactly the way they were supposed to. You might call it a social experiment on a grand scale. }"
    The Chosen One: "{225}{}{An experiment?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{226}{prs36a}{The vaults were set up to test humanity. Some had not enough food synthesizers, others had only men in them, yet others were designed to open after only 6 months. They each had a unique set of circumstances designed to test the occupants.}"
  2. Fallout Bible 0 Vault list.
  3. Institute commissary machines and their appearance. The tray makes it plain the food supplied is a paste.