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There’s A Company In Portland Making Ice Cream Out Of Waste

There’s A Company In Portland Making Ice Cream Out Of Waste

By now, we’ve all watched (or heard our colleagues rave about) ABC’s recent program The War On Waste. The three-part docuseries had a look at the gigantic waste problem that the world, in particular Australia, is facing.

Portland ice cream company, Salt & Straw, has teamed up with food waste charity Urban Gleaners to bring a whole new approach to excess food. Salt & Straw has identified local businesses that find themselves with extra produce and is utilising it to create brand new ice cream flavours.

But don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like rubbish.

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Candied Citrus and Whey Caramel flavour.

For example, Salt & Straw is taking spent grains from Breakside Brewery to make a toasted Spent Grain and Bacon S’mores flavour. The bacon part of the flavour will come from pigs at a nearby zero-waste farm. Other collaborations include using Ancient Heritage’s leftover whey (product used to make cheese) and making a deliciously tart Lemon and Whey flavour.

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Celery Root and Strawberry Celery Leaf Jam flavour.

Like most cities, Portland finds itself with a surplus of day-old bread. Salt & Straw is taking this bread, collected by Urban Gleaners, and turning it into a Toasted Baguette PB&J flavour. They’ll also be helping Sauvie Island Organics get rid of its unexpectedly huge celery harvest by offering the Celery Root & Strawberry Celery Leaf Jam. Sounds super refreshing, tbh.

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You can check out the full list of flavours here. We’re all for doing good things for the environment. And boy do we love ice cream. This is a real win-win.

You can find Salt & Straw in Portland and Los Angeles.

(All images: Salt & Straw/Facebook)

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