How often do you cook? What do you usually cook? Do you run a business that requires cooking oil? These are the questions you should ask yourself if you are considering buying cooking oil in bulk.
When it comes to cooking food you need to know how much cooking oil is required in the meal. If you are cooking a sauce based dish such as pasta sauce, stew or curry the recipe will often tell you to sauté onions in cooking oil before adding meat or vegetables. The reason for this request is to avoid anything sticking on the bottom of the pot. How many times do you make a sauce based dish in a week?
Frying is probably the main cooking technique that will use up all your frying oil. It’s best not to reuse the frying oil but you can dispose of it sensibly via a used oil collector. If you fry foods on a daily basis then you may need to stock up on about five to ten litres of frying oil.
Bakeries will use about a cup of cooking oil per confectionery. If a bakery gets ten orders a day they will use two and a half litres in total by the end of the day. A bakery would use it to make an array of cakes, cupcakes and desserts every day. A household may require a lot less. How often do you bake?
Stir frying is a unique way of cooking that doesn’t use as much cooking oil as you would imagine. A stir fry usually contains soy sauce, fish oil or normal culinary oil. Because the cooking oil gets hot under extreme heat, it’s good to use a wok for the vegetables and meat. As you are constantly stirring the food you won’t need a lot of this ingredient. Plus the dish requires you to eventually add stock into the stir fry.
So how often should you stock up on cooking oil?
If you run a restaurant or bakery always keep about four two litre bottles in the pantry. Oil won’t go bad and because it’s used so often you don’t have to think of it expiring soon.
Households should keep a single two litre bottle in their pantry. It’s not often that you will use this ingredient because you only cook about once a day. In addition you could also use it to preserve food such as onions or pickles.