Local restaurants testing soybean oil this week
WORTHINGTON -- Plenish High Oleic soybeans will be grown in southern Minnesota for the first time this year, although members of the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association have already been getting the word out about the health and co...
WORTHINGTON - Plenish High Oleic soybeans will be grown in southern Minnesota for the first time this year, although members of the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association have already been getting the word out about the health and cooking benefits of the oil the soybeans product.
They’ve been doing it one local restaurant and consumer at a time.
“We want to get this out to the masses and get ahead of the game by showing this is a healthy cooking oil,” said Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association President Matt Widboom. “We learned from our first time doing this that restaurants were hugely impressed with it.”
Fourteen restaurants in Nobles County this week are sampling Plenish High Oleic soybean oil, which has zero grams of trans fat, for use in their kitchens. When the Nobles County Growers conducted its first high oleic event in 2014, Widboom said the oil was met with universal praise from local restaurants.
“They told us the way the oil prepared the food was better than their commercial grade oil,” Widboom said. “The life of the oil in their fryers was the biggest positive compliment.”
This year, the board is providing 35-gallon jugs of the high oleic oil to more restaurants, including popular Mexican restaurants in Nobles County.
“We thought it was really important to reach out to the Hispanic restaurants in Nobles County and we’ve already gotten some really good feedback from those establishments,” said Dusty Neugebauer, the board’s treasurer. “The more people we can show the benefits of high oleic oil, the better.”
The Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers Association is affiliated with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, which oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of approximately 25,000 farmers in Minnesota.