Ice cream that looks good and does good.
It’s no secret that ice cream in the summer is going to be a big hit each and every time.
What might, however, be a surprise is that the Portland-based ice cream purveyors Salt & Straw will devote the month of June to ice cream flavors made from refuse food that may otherwise have ended up in the dumpster.
The United States’ problem with food waste is well documented and there have been worldwide efforts to combat throwing away food that would be tossed just because it’s considered undesirable for some reason (often aesthetic) unrelated to its actual ability to be consumed.
Salt & Straw plans to play its part by making Second-Steeped Rum Spices and Apple Butter ice cream with spices that were first used in Portlands East Side Distillery. Salt & Straw plans to re-steep the rum-soaked spices (including peppercorns, vanilla, and orange peel) in cream and will use apple butter made from bruised apples that would have otherwise ended up in the trash bin.
It’s been Vote Back Your Favorites all month long at our LA and PDX scoop shops, and there’s another way for you to vote for your favorites this March—nominate your favorite ice cream shop for @WillametteWeek’s Best of Portland 2017! At our scoop shops, fan choice flavors get a second life thanks to your votes, and in the #BOP2017 reader poll, Portland’s standout businesses get a high five for doing what they do best. Nominations are open through the end of the month via the Willamette Week website and the link in our bio.
Salt & Straw founder Kim Malek tells Fast Company, “We thought: What if we use our menu in June to shine a light on those agencies and tell their story, and see if we can get our customers and the community at large to be more aware of and supportive of these organizations and the work that they’re doing. We want to show that an apple might be kind of ugly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not perfectly tasty and should be thrown away. We could use it.
And, more importantly, we should use it.