Gourmet ice cream store Salt & Straw is hoping to change the way America looks at food trash.
It may be hard to believe, but a good part of food in America gets wasted and thrown in the trash on a regular basis. According to Feeding America, as much as 72 billion pounds of food get thrown into incinerators and landfills every year. These are perfectly good food that could have been used to feed families constantly experiencing hunger. This fact astounded Salt & Straw owners Kim and Tyler Malek.
“We were really struck by the idea that we waste 40% of our food in the United States, and that children in our cities are going hungry,” Kim explained. This is what inspired to make rescued food the main ingredient in their upcoming new series of flavors. According to Fast Company, the new flavors will include variants from food that would have easily ended up as trash.
Rescued food can be creamy and delicious.
For starters, Salt & Straw will be creating an apple butter flavor made with rescued food from the East Side Distillery in Portland. The said distillery readily steeps several whole spices into their rum. These include Sri Lankan cinnamon, Mexican vanilla, California orange peel and Morroccan peppercorns. Salt & Straw plans to re-steep these incredible spices in cream. Afterwards, it will add some caramelized apple butter made from bruised apples.
The company added that it will also acquire more rescued food whenever possible. “For instance, we’ll be paying fair market value for say, strawberries that a farmer was going to throw away because they were too ripe. That’s actually perfect for us–we’re going to freeze them anyway,” Tyler explained.
Although Salt & Straw’s rescued food flavor series will only be offered in June, the company has partnered with several organizations determined to rescue food for life. One of them is the Portland Fruit Tree Project. The latter works with houses that don’t harvest the fruit that they grow. “What we’re doing is we’re working with a lot of companies and trying to prove that there’s a viable supply chain here,” Tyler said.