Soybeans: from Milk to Cooking Oil and Everything in Between
The soybean is believed, by botanists, to have been first domesticated thousands of years ago in Central China, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica.1 Thanks to its high crop yield, its resilient nature, and its versatility, it is also one of the most important beans in the world.
But how did this bean make the transition from being a regular dinner ingredient to your commercial fryer? That’s what we’re going to find out in Soybeans: From Milk to Cooking Oil and Everything in Between.
The History of Cooking with the Soybean
In 1804, soybeans were first introduced to farmers in the United States. But it wasn’t until after WWII that the crop really gained popularity. Cheap, full of protein, and able to withstand the harsh nature of mechanical farming equipment, the soybean was an ideal choice for farmers in the South and Midwest who were trying to bring their farms back after the war.
In East Asia, where the beans originate, they are used as an everyday ingredient. Ground and strained into soy milk, used for soy sauce and soybean meal, and even pressed for vegetable oil, the soybean is incredibly versatile. But in the United States, the crop is used for much more than just a regular old ingredient.
American farmers and engineers have found an abundance of uses for the bean that goes beyond the fork. Soybeans are used for paint and soap, printer ink, and plastics, as well as a substitute for rubber.2 But its most common use is still for food thanks to its affordability, versatility, and availability.
How the Price of the Soybean Alters Your Bottom Line
Due to fluctuations in the price of American cash crops and crude oil, the price of soybeans and soy products is constantly changing. And if you’re primarily using soy as your cooking oil, then this could be a problem for your budget. As a busy restauranteur or restaurant manager, how do you plan your budget and your menu pricing around a changing number?
The best thing you can do is to purchase your soybean cooking oil in bulk from your favorite supplier and try to get the best pricing available. That way, when the price goes up, you don’t have to worry about paying an overly-inflated price. Instead, you can buy cooking oil in bulk again when the price goes down once more.
Buying, Using, and Disposing of Bulk Cooking Oil
At Advanced Fryer Solutions, our main goal is to help you lower the price of one of your biggest line items: cooking oil. With one of the best oil filtration systems on the market, we can help extend the life of your soy-based cooking oil so you can avoid market fluctuations for as long as possible.
Our highly trained team of professionals can also help find a commercial grease disposal system that works best for your operation, so you can get rid of the grease dumpster and not worry about cooking-oil related injuries anymore. We’ll take care of the mess of bulk cooking oil disposal, so you don’t have to. Contact the team at Advanced Fryer Solutions to learn more about buying the best cooking oil at the best price. Schedule a free demo today and discover how much you could be saving!