Looking for feedback on your experience using something I recently read about called "high ratio shortening. " Based on your experience, I want to know the pros & cons of using this product vs. Crisco when making buttercream icing.
I have yet to try hi ratio shortening because it is not easily accesible in my area so I just use Crisco. I have used Crisco for all the recipes here that call for hi ratio and it works fine but I would really love to know the difference also.
I have used Criso in Indydebi's, seriouscakes and Sugarshack's recipes and have had no trouble at all with the crusting or any other problems. The hi-ratio shortening isn't available in my area, and I can buy very large cans of Crisco at Sam's. Much more convenient and cheaper than hi-ratio shortening.
I've used both and did not notice a huge difference. I've tried numerous BC recipes and I've found that the Wilton's is the best. It's a veggie shortening based recipes and calls for water or milk, but I always try to use whole milk or even half and half. They say Crisco is no good because its missing trans fat, but I figure I'm adding some of that fat back with the whole milk or half and half. I've also heard that using Wal-Mart's brand of Veg Shortening is better because it has the trans fat in it still. You might want to try that out. But to answer your question, if its more convenient for you, stick to the Crisco. BTW, always sift your powdered sugar before adding it to the shortening mixture....it come out so much more smooth!
i have used crisco and high ratio shortening and i do notice a difference in the texture. my bc w/ high ratio shortening comes out smoother. i do like both, depending on the weather. i wouldn't use high ratio shortening for a cake that will be out doors. it tends to melt quicker. when i use crisco, i add whole milk, but with high ratio shortening i only use water.
I just tried Hi Ratio tonight for the first time. Used it in the same recipe I always use (Buttercream Dream) and it was sooooo much smoother and almost had a different taste.... better.
I have made this recipe with crisco, Wal_Mart brand, and Hi Ratio. The Hi Ratio and walMart brand both were smoother and lighter than Crisco
I have yet to try hi ratio but I hear it works wonders for your buttercream. I've ordered some and am waiting for its arrival. I hope it helps with smoothness because I battle with buttercream constantly. I get too much air no matter what technique I use