A Brief History of Popcorn Shrimp

Unlike some of the current fried food trends like hot chicken, other concepts have been popular for decades. One of these trends is the ever-famous popcorn shrimp, which has a variety of inventors depending on who you ask. So what is the true history of popcorn shrimp? According to some, Red Lobster invented popcorn shrimp in […]

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Frying Oil Filtration or Treatment: Is There a Difference?

Fifty years ago, Dr. C.J. Robertson published an article in Food Technology Magazine that listed five basic elements for maintaining frying oil. Even though this is an old publication, these five principles remain the same. Dr. Robertson’s basic principles for quality frying were introduced in an article that was prepared for this publication back in […]

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A Closer Look at the Hot Chicken Trend

Hot chicken is a Nashville delicacy. Moist and spicy and full of southern history, one bite is often all it takes to hook diners for decades to come. This has never been more evident than in current dining trends, where the hot chicken trend has been named one of the hottest foodservice trends in 2016. Though […]

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Why Cascading Frying Oil in Foodservice Fryers Doesn’t Work

By Rick Stier and Monoj Gupta There are many foodservice frying operations that utilize a practice called ‘cascading’ as a means of managing frying oils. Cascading is a process in which the operator transfers the frying oil from one fryer to the next on scheduled intervals. Operators who utilize the cascading practice usually have four […]

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Reasons for Discarding Frying Oil and How to Test It

There are many ways to determine the discard point of your frying oil. Some are more accurate than others. To start, let’s take a look at the main reasons for discarding frying oil, and then we’ll review some options for testing it. Reasons for Discarding Frying Oil: TASTE Many experienced restaurant operators can determine when oil […]

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2 Minutes with Monoj: Frying Oil Filtration vs. Treatment

* The following post is the third in our three-part series with Monoj Gupta. Mr. Gupta is the president and founder of MG Edible Oil Consulting International, Inc. He founded the company in 1998 utilizing his 45 years experience in the field of oil technology and food processing. He holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from […]

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What Is the Most Accurate Sense for Predicting Bad Frying Oil?

Bad frying oil can often be hard to spot with the naked eye. Whether it’s reused too many times or it’s improperly filtered, the eye test isn’t always the best way to determine whether oil should be changed or filtered. There’s another sense, though, that can often steer us in the right direction. Bad oil […]

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