Bakers looking for true PHO-free drop-in replacements for donut frying applications need look no further than the innovative donut fry shortenings from Stratas Foods.
“Fortunately for donuts, this is what I consider to be in many cases a true drop-in replacement,” says Mitch Riavez, national accounts manager for Stratas Foods and a fourth-generation baker. Whether you use a PHO-free palm shortening or a PHO-free soybean-based shortening from Stratas, “they both work equally as well.”
Stratas Foods offers bakers all the needed options:
Primex Golden Flex Donut Fry is a zero grams trans-fat, all-purpose soybean-based shortening, designed to handle the most demanding frying situations. It works great in the donut fryer and in many other heavy-duty frying applications.
Super Fry Soy Flex is a domestic soybean-based shortening that offers a creamier, more consistent texture, a wide temperature range and contains no tropical oils. Super Fry Soy Flex is a zero grams trans-fat donut fry shortening that is great for a multitude of deep frying applications in bakeries and donut shops.
Super Fry Z Palm Donut Fry Shortening is a zero grams trans-fat, all-purpose palm frying shortening, designed to handle the most demanding frying situations.
When working with palm or soybean-based donut fry shortenings, there are subtle differences you should take note of, Riavez says. When frying in a palm shortening, especially with cake donuts, you’ll have a slightly more open grain or cell structure. Remember because there is 35% to 38% fat absorption in a cake donut, the taste and mouthfeel can be slightly different when using palm.
Stick with a hard fat for any of your donut frying applications. Don’t make the mistake of frying donuts in liquid shortening. “It’s not actually a very good idea,” Riavez says. “It won’t set up on the outside of the donut very well, and it won’t allow icings, or powdered sugars, to adhere as well.”
For additional information, please contact your Stratas sales representative, or review our product lines at www.stratasfoods.com.