Crude Degummed Soybean Oil

 

Crude Degummed Soybean Oil (CDSO) is pure but inedible soybean oil produced from fair to average quality crude soybeans. Crude Degummed Soybean Oil is produced from soybeans. The color of Crude Soybean oil is yellow to lightly red. The odor, texture and flavor of crude degummed soybean oil are pleasant. Crude degummed soybean oil is produced from controlled NONGMO soybeans (< 0.9%). The soybeans are cracked, adjusted for moisture content, heated to between 60 ºC to 88 °C (140190 °F), rolled into flakes and solventextracted with hexanes. The majority of the free fatty acids and gums naturally present in soybeans are removed by hydration and mechanical or physical separation. Most of the free fatty acids and gums naturally present in soybeans are removed by mechanical, physical or sometimes chemical separation. The oil is then degummed for applications or consumption. They provide the body with the essential fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins. They are an important source of energy and serve as one of the major components of cell walls. Physiologically, they stimulate appetite and secretion of digestive enzymes by providing pleasant flavor, odor and texture to the foods, and they enhance the feeling of satiety. In animal feed soybean oil is energizer. Crude soybean oil in pharmaceutical industry is used for fermentation process for antibiotics. Crude degummed soybean oil is used in lesser extent in production of paints and varnishes, fatty acids, resins, plastics and it is also recommended as a dust controller in silos and transport elements for cereals and oil bearing materials. The oil is then degummed for applications or consumption. This soybean oil can be used in thousands of different applications such as cooking, frying foods, margarine, salad dressings and mayonnaises, baked breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, pies and others.

 

Crude Soybean Oil

 

Soybeans are grown in many countries around the world, and serve as an excellent source of oil and protein for human and animal consumption. Production of soybeans has been steadily increasing during the past 20 years due to increasing demand for soybean for use. However, the increase in soybean production has also led to an increase in soybean oil production for use in human foods and animal feed, with over 11 million tons of soybean oil. Similarly, global production of vegetable oils has increased dramatically during the past 20 years. Palm oil is the predominant oil produced worldwide, and represents about 35% of total production, followed by soybean oil (26%), rapeseed or canola oil (15%), and sunflower oil (9%). The remaining 15% of global vegetable oil production includes palm kernel oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and corn oil. In addition, the oilseed industry also produces lecithin, soap stock, acid oils, and fatty acid distillates which are also used directly or through further processing and blending with other lipids in animal feeds. In addition, byproducts from the food industry such as restaurant grease, dried fats, mono and diglycerides, and emulsifiers are also used as energy sources in animal feeds but to a lesser extent than vegetable oils. The production and use of animal fats for use in animal feeds has also increased over time, but less than for vegetable oils. Common animal fats used in the feed industry include edible and inedible tallow, yellow grease (19%), lard and choice white grease (12%), and poultry fat. Lastly, animal fats are often blended with vegetable oils to produce various animalvegetable blends that are also used as energy source in livestock and poultry feeds. Soybean oil is the most widely used and extensively research lipid source around the world. Although soybean oil is produced primarily for human consumption, large quantities of crude, degummed soybean oil is produced for use in domestic and export market. Canada and Latin America represent 61% of total soybean oil exports. Soybean oil has become a preferred lipid source for use in diets because it is produced in large quantities annually to ensure a consistent, abundant supply. Soybean oil also contains more metabolizable energy than other commonly used lipid sources and its quality and composition is more consistent than most other oils in the market.

PRODUCTION OF SOYBEAN OIL

Soybeans are both nutritionally and economically important oilseeds because they contain a high amount of protein (48%) and oil (21%). Soybean processing results in the production of about 5.0 Kg. of crude oil, 20.1 Kg. of soybean meal, and about 1.5 Kg. of soybean hulls from each bushel (27.2/Kg.) processed. Soybean oil can be extracted by using either mechanical or solvent extraction processes. Mechanical oil extraction involves the use of expellers, which are continuous screwpresses that are electrically powered. In contrast, solvent extraction is the most common method used to produce soybean oil, representing over 98% of soybeans processed. However, solvent extraction it requires more capital investment and larger scale facilities than expellers. Typically, soybean solvent extraction facilities are capable of processing 2,500 to 5,000 tons of soybeans per day. Therefore, it is important to understand the solvent extraction process in the production of crude degummed soybean oil.

 

Extraction Process
Table 1: Soybean Oil Process Extraction Process

SOYBEAN HARVEST AND STORAGE

Soybean farmers harvest soybeans when the moisture content of about 13% is usually achieved by natural drying in the fields before harvesting. Achieving this moisture content is important for two reasons:

1) Lower moisture can lead to Soybeans splitting during handling and;

2) Higher moisture can cause mold growth or heat damage. In either case, preventing these types of damage is important to achieve a high grade and price, as well as optimize the amount and quality of oil from processing. Soybeans are typically stored in metal bins or concrete silos on farms or local elevators until delivery to the soy crushing facility.

CLEANING, PRE–CONDITIONING, AND CRACKING

Once Soybeans are delivered from the farm to the soy crushing facility, they undergo a cleaning process to remove foreign material (e.g. stems, pods, broken seeds, dirt, and stones) by using shaker screens and aspirators (Figure 1.).

Solvent Extraction Process
Figure 1.: Soybean Oil Solvent Extraction Process

Next, the soybeans are preconditioned by heating and drying to a moisture content of about 9.5%. This improves the efficiency of hull removal, which is accomplished by cracking the seeds into smaller pieces with a corrugated roller mill, followed by aspiration of the hulls from the rest of the seed (“meat”). Fortunately, Soybean hulls are relatively easy to remove compared to other oilseeds. Soybean hulls are removed because they contain less than 1% oil, increase the protein and reduce the fiber content of Soybean meal, and reduce the volume of material undergoing further processing to reduce cost and improve efficiency of oil extraction. Aspirated hulls may be passed through gravity tables that further separate any remaining small particles of “meat”.

CONDITIONING, FLAKING, EXPANSION, AND SOLVENT EXTRACTION

Cleaned and dehulled Soybeans are subsequently conditioned by heating to 74 °C to soften the seed before flaking (0.25 mm) through smooth roller mills. It is important to achieve proper cracking and conditioning because this causes the desired cell rupture for efficient oil extraction and minimize the amount of fine particles that interfere with optimal flaking and oil extraction. The goal is to produce highly distorted membranes surrounding oil in cells and cell walls so that the oil can be easily extracted. Alternatively, use of expanders increases cell distortion and produces more dense pellets (collets) to allow easier oil extraction than from flakes. The extent of use of expanders to process flakes vary among soy processing facilities ranging from onethird to all flakes being expanded, and may improve oil quality by inactivating phospholipases which cause phospholipids to not be hydratable. Flakes or collets are then conveyed to various types of extraction equipment (chain, basket, shallowbed, deepbed), where the solvent is continuously passed countercurrent to the transport of solids for 30 to 45 minutes in six or more stages. Extraction occurs by percolation rather than immersion by allowing the solvent to flow by gravity through the extraction equipment. The solvent is comprised of a mixture of hexane isomers (45% to 70% nhexane) obtained from petroleum distillate, and has a boiling temperature in the range of 65 °C to 71 °C. The highest quality oil, which is low in nontriacylglycerol components is extracted first, and as extraction continues, lower quality oil containing increasing concentrations of phosphatides, free fatty acids, and pigments is produced. Most soybean processors extract as much oil as possible so that only 0.5% to 1.25% residual oil remains in the meal after the extraction process is complete.

EVAPORATION, SOLVENT RECOVERY AND STRIPPING

The oil rich extract containing 20% to 30% oil, is transferred to solvent recovery equipment. Solvent recovery consists of twostage evaporators and an oil stripper. After exiting the firststage evaporator, the oil content is increased to about 65% to 70% oil, and after heating with vapors from the desolventized toaster and going through the secondstage evaporator, the oil concentration is increased to 90% to 95%. Steaminjection vapor, high temperature and vacuum are used in the oil stripper to remove the solvent to a concentration of less than 0.2% in the soybean oil. The temperature in the oil stripper should not exceed 115 °C to prevent burning the oil and causing a dark color. All of the evaporated solvent is recycled back to the extractor, and oil is transferred to a vacuum dryer to remove any residual steam condensate from the stripper. The crude soybean oil is then cooled and moved to storage. A high proportion of crude soybean oil is transported to refineries for further processing into refined soybean oil for human foods.

STORAGE

Crude soybean oil can be stored for extended periods of time in large tanks provided that it has been cooled to ambient air temperature, has limited exposure to air, and has very low moisture content. The natural antioxidants (e.g. Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, Phosphatides) present in soybean oil provide significant protection from oxidation. However, Phosphatide deposits may form on the bottom of storage tanks and transport equipment used for shipping crude soybean oil. Chemical characteristics of solvent extracted soybean oil are shown in Table 2., which indicate very high quality due to low moisture, free fatty acid and phosphorus content.

 

Chemical Characteristics of Soybean Oil Produced By Solvent Extraction
Table 2: Chemical Characteristics of Soybean Oil Produced By Solvent Extraction

The low peroxide value and high Active Oxygen Method (AOM; AOCS Method Cd. 12-57) stability indicate minimal oxidation occurs during the oil extraction process. Some Soybean processing plants degum crude soybean oil to produce Phosphatides and market them as Lecithin before shipping to refineries for further processing. As a result, crude, degummed soybean oil is produced and marketed and feed grade oil for use in animal feeds. However, because there is a limited market for soy lecithin, gums are often added back to the meal in the toaster to evaporate water and improve the metabolizable energy content of soybean meal.

Standard Specification Of Non–GMO Crude Degummed Soybean Oil

Standard Specification Of Non–GMO Crude Degummed Soybean Oil