• Melissa Kartini

Would You Eat Ice-Cream Made from Food Waste? It's Delicious

Updated: Jun 8, 2018


Talk about taking the adage “Waste not, want not” to the next level. As part of an effort to highlight the problem of food wastage, a small-batch ice-cream chain from Portland, Oregan called Salt & Straw took the unconventional approach of creating ice-cream… made from food waste. Yum!


Now, before you turn up your nose and gag at the thought, take a gander at this flavour they had on their limited edition menu: sweet, spiced-rum-flavoured ice-cream that is drizzled with gloriously warm brown apple butter.


That doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? In all honesty, it sounds sinfully delicious.


But wait a minute. That can’t be hygienic

Don’t freak out. When we say “food waste”, we don’t mean Salt & Straw picked the ingredients off kitchen floors and out of dumpsters. Perish the thought!


When we say “food waste”, we mean perfectly edible food that might have otherwise ended up in the trash. You get us? See, it’s not that bad!


As an example, let us take a look at how they created that spiced-rum-flavoured ice-cream.

The spices used to create flavoured liquor come from Portland’s Eastside Distilling. And according to Fast Company, "Salt & Straw will re-steep the rum-soaked spices in cream, then ribbon in the caramelized apple butter made from bruised apples that were destined to be tossed."


So it’s all good.


Why does it matter, though? It’s just a couple of bruised apples

To us, it might just be a couple of bruised apples, but to the entire world, it is part of the staggering approximate 1.3 billion tonnes of food that is wasted every year. That is a lot of food!


To zero in on just how serious this is, that is about 1/3 of the food produced every year, wasted. And the reality is, more than enough food is produced every year to feed all the people in the world.


This isn’t just bad news for them, but for our environment as well, since excess food production also means more greenhouse gas emissions.


So take note of the message that Salt & Straw tried to send out. It is time that we do our part by making better decisions and ensuring there is less waste at a household level. The same goes to food companies as well. We might be a small part of a bigger picture, but every little bit counts!


Let’s save the planet; one bruised apple at a time.


Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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