So I was doing my daily exercise walkin’ the aisles at the Iwilei Costco yesterday, when I happened to notice this pallet of 5-gallon buckets of Kikkoman, and was like, “Dang! That’s a lot of shoyu! I can paint my house with it!”
Obviously that’s intended for restaurants, where Hawaii’s food & beverage industry probably uses more shoyu than any another U.S. state. After all, we do love our teriyaki ‘n kalbi, while of course, every restaurant table in Hawaii must have a bottle of shoyu readily available.
Yet I’m curious if any of you folks buy items such as shoyu, cooking oil, flour, sugar and other food items and staple ingredients in super massive, industrial-sized bulk quantity for home use?
Not surprisingly, the most common food item I see folks buy in massive quantity that looks to be for home use is those massive bags rice such as the Homai brand sold at Costco.
It’s funny how single people and small household family’s shop at warehouse clubs for food regularly nowadays, when if you remember when Costco first came to Oahu in Salt Lake, it was geared more towards businesses, and I believe Sam’s Club is still more focused on that customer base compared to Costco.
Back to the shoyu, If you do the math, a 5 oz. glass pour bottle of shoyu will cost you about $3 in the supermarket, compared to a 5-gallon bucket, which is equivalent to 640 oz. for $30 in Costco. Breaking that down, it’s 60¢ per fluid ounce of pour bottle shoyu vs. 21¢ per fluid ounce of shoyu in a 5-gallon bucket, netting well over 60% in savings.
And I’m sure the savings are also significant for all the other mega-sized bulk-packed F&B industry food products.
Speaking of which, I need to blog Y. Hata on Sand Island Access Road, which is open to the public, as they have some really neat stuff that’s different then what you can get at the regular markets, being the products they sell and distribute are specifically for the food and beverage industry. Surely you’ve seen their trucks making deliveries around the island.
Not sure if Y. Hata still has it, but at one time you could buy the same seasoned flour Zippy’s uses to batter their ono fried chicken at Y. Hata for super cheap, and it tasted exactly like Zippy’s Chicken when you made it!
Again, if any of you folks buy items such as shoyu, cooking oil, flour, sugar and other food items and staple ingredients in super massive, industrial-sized bulk quantity for home use from the warehouse clubs, let’s hear about it, including interesting stuff besides saving money, such as how you store it and what you use so much of said food product for.
Oh, and if you’re not doing anything with that empty Kikkoman 5-gallon shoyu bucket, I sure could use it when I go fishing! (see them Kikkoman Shoyu buckets being used by local fishermen on the shoreline all the time!) lol