Hi, we’re “Going with Our Grain!” This past March we competed in the Research Chefs Association’s (RCA) first annual “Evolution of Food Waste” competition, and we won!
After the competition, our goal as a team, and as a community, is to produce delicious products while being environmentally conscientious and sustainable. Truly our product is not only our delicious scones, but also the solutions we intend to provide.
What does all that mean?
Well, every year, tons of Brewers' Spent Grain (BSG) are sent to the landfill or used to feed livestock, instead of being upcycled into new and exciting, tasty snacks. What is BSG? We're glad you asked. BSG is the grain resultant from the production of beer. This product is widely underutilized, and in all honesty, is truly incredible. When we receive it, most of the carbohydrate and sugar content has been extracted from the production of the beer itself, leaving us will delicious AND nutritious grain, full of both fiber and protein.
What’s the point?
Our goal is to make guilt-free, savory, and sweet treats that positively impact the ecosystem and environment around us. It takes a community to better a community, please, HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!
With your help we will be able to produce scones, cookies, pretzels, you name it, in a commercial kitchen. We can finally get our product and our message out to people just like you! Our innovative solutions will begin to change the way the world eats. As of right now, we are feasibly able to process up to 30 gallons of BSG as a time. However, our goal is to create a standardized method for the scale up of our BSG processing, from 30 gallons, to hundred's of thousands. This long term goal will allow us to positively influence the environment in our own backyards, as well as around the world. With an OURgrain cookie in each hand, we, as a community, are one step closer to balance within the individual diet and balance within the ecosystems around us.
A Little More about BSG...
BSG is the project we chose to study for the competition because it contributes approximately 50,000 pounds of food to landfills each year, and in our minds, has incredible potential as far as sustainability is concerned. So far, we have started product optimization for various delectable goodies. However, we plan to further expand our production to include beauty products such as lotions, and body scrubs. But BSG is just the beginning!
Our team is constantly cooking up something new! Whispers amongst team members include talk of including other upcycled food products in our creations. So far we have considered a multitude of fruit pomaces, as well as coffee grounds, and so much more. But, we know we have to take it one step at a time; and there's no better place to start than with BSG.
What's the money for?
We will be using the money raised to cover the expense of product development and optimization. That includes time in a commercial kitchen, ingredients, and equipment. This time is essential because the product development process is truly a string of experiments. Each experiment affords us with a new adventure and fun story, but also sometimes additional ingredient costs. Furthermore, the money will be used for administrative items including licensure, and insurance. Help us journey through product development, scale-up, and distribution, so we can share OURgrain's message with people like you!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we anticipate is shelf life. Many of our baked goods, such as our breads, and scones, have a limited shelf life. Our goal is to provide the freshest and most delicious products without losing any convenience. We plan to test various packaging and recipes to lengthen shelf life naturally and mitigate this problem.
Additionally, while sourcing has not been a barrier so far, it could potentially become one. The largest issue in this regard is working with the USDA to create a safety standard for a new product. This is particularly challenging as we plan to partner with several breweries and our food safety policy will include and be applied to everyone working with us. Ultimately, if they do not handle and store the grain properly we will not use it for our products. Right now, we are researching the processing and handling techniques of various breweries. We are currently developing HACCP (or food safety) plans to regulate the handling of BSG and ensure product quality, and safety.
These are easily mitigated potential challenges that we are prepared to tackle. Help us change the world for the better with our vision of sustainable food solutions!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (45 days)