I Tried Salt and Straw’s Upcycled Ice Cream

As a food adventurer and journalist, I’m always on the lookout for unique and noteworthy dishes or ingredients. I recently had the opportunity to visit City Center Bishop Ranch in the Bay Area and try a new product that caught my attention – upcycled ice cream flavors from Salt and Straw.

As our society becomes more conscious of the environmental impact of our food choices, it’s exciting to see companies like Salt and Straw take an innovative approach to both sustainability and taste. This post will share my experiences with these eco-friendly ice cream flavors and why you should give them a try.

What are Upcycled Ice Cream Flavors?

The concept of upcycling involves taking waste or byproducts that would otherwise be discarded and transforming them into something new and useful. Salt and Straw has applied this concept to their ice cream by using ingredients that are often considered waste and creating unique, delicious flavors. This not only helps reduce waste but also creates a more sustainable and eco-friendly product for consumers to enjoy.

Tasting the Lemon Curds and Whey Flavor

During my visit to Salt and Straw, I had the opportunity to try their Lemon Curds and Whey flavor. This ice cream is made from whey, which is a byproduct of cheese-making (or in this case, the making of Greek yogurt), and tart lemon curds. Whey is typically considered waste and discarded, but Salt and Straw has turned it into a delicious ice cream base by adding a fizzy drink made from whey.

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Upon trying the ice cream, I was immediately struck by its tangy, sour flavor, reminiscent of buttermilk. The lemon curd pieces mixed into the ice cream added a delightful citrusy sweetness, balancing out the tanginess from the whey. While the ice cream looks like vanilla, the lemon curds are subtle and hidden within, making for a pleasant surprise with each bite.

It’s important to note that this unique flavor may not be for everyone, particularly children who might find it too sour. I sampled this ice cream with one of my kids, and they definitely preferred the more traditional chocolate brownie flavor. However, for those with adventurous palates, Lemon Curds and Whey is a must-try.

Why You Should Give Upcycled Ice Cream Flavors a Try

My experience with Salt and Straw’s upcycled Lemon Curds and Whey ice cream was positive. Not only was the flavor a delectable combination of tangy and sweet, but it also embodied an eco-friendly and sustainable approach to food.

In a world where food waste and climate change are pressing concerns, it’s important for both consumers and businesses to explore innovative ways to combat these issues. By supporting products like these upcycled ice cream flavors, we can contribute to a more sustainable future while still enjoying a tasty treat.

So next time you’re craving ice cream, consider trying an upcycled flavor from Salt and Straw. Your taste buds and the environment will thank you.

Key Takeaways

  • Salt and Straw has created upcycled flavors of ice cream, using ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away.
  • The Lemon Curds and Whey flavor is made with whey, the liquid byproduct of making cheese, and lemon curd, like in a lemon bar.
  • The flavor has a tanginess from the whey and a citrus flavor from the lemon curd.
  • This flavor is not recommended for children as it may be too sour.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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