Just What Is Hi-Ratio Shortening?

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poohsmomma Posted 4 Apr 2009 , 11:10pm
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Probably a really stupid question...but I don't know!
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dettdunn Posted 4 Apr 2009 , 11:18pm
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Most hi-ratio shortenings are used specifically for icings; less greasy and makes icings more fluffy. Some popular brands are Alpine and Sweetex

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tracey1970 Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 2:09am
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Hi-ratio shortenings have particular emulsifiers that make icing less greasy. Many people prefer buttercream icing made with it versus Crisco and similar shortenings.

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patticakesnc Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 2:20am
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While we are on the subject where does everyone buy HR shortening? I haven't seen it in my local store but haven't looked in all of them. I have Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Honeys, Walmart, Sams, Harris Teeter around me. If you have any of those let me know if you know where to get it.

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sweetcravings Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 2:27am
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Can this type of shortening be frozen to increase it's shelf life? How long does it last without freezing or refrigerating it?

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tracey1970 Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 2:30am
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You can order name brands of it on-line, but I don't because the shipping to Canada is HUGE! I buy mine (store brand, so not sure of its quality) at my local Bulk Barn - a bulk food store.

I make my icing with 1/2 hi-ratio and 1/2 butter. I refrigerate it for a few weeks and freeze it (well covered) for a few months without a problem.

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poohsmomma Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 11:44am
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Still confused....

But what am I looking for on the label so I know it's hi-ratio??
ratio of what to what???

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korensmommy Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 12:04pm
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Look for the words Hi-Ratio Shortening or the brand names, like Sweetex.
Here are some on-line examples if you are a visual person!

http://www.shopbakersnook.com/m5_view_item.html?m5:item=1628

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00024WNTU/?tag=cakecentral-20

http://www.thebakerskitchen.net/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=267

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poohsmomma Posted 5 Apr 2009 , 12:23pm
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Thanks, folks, I guess I'll just have to start reading labels!

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