Hi Ratio Shortening

Decorating By DropofLove Updated 16 Sep 2009 , 12:05pm by yffrank

DropofLove Posted 12 Sep 2009 , 5:00pm
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When it comes to hi ratio does the brand matter? Also can I replace this is any BC recipe that calls for crisco, with the same measurments?
Is there truely a difference in hi ratio vs crisco?
Thanks again icon_smile.gif

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cylstrial Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 2:14am
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I don't really know too much about hi-ratio. But I do know that everyone on here says that hi-ratio is fantastic. And it would have to be - considering they are shelling out some major money for it.

Hope you get the answer you're looking for!

G_Cakes Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 2:33am
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There would be no measurement difference so 1 cup crisco = 1 cup high ratio.

I think the difference between the to has to do with fat content but not 100% sure icon_smile.gif

JanH Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 3:06am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by G_Cakes

There would be no measurement difference so 1 cup crisco = 1 cup high ratio.




There is no measurement difference. However, CakemanOH recommends substituting 2/3 cup hi-ratio for every 1 cup of Crisco (in a Crisco recipe) or 1 cup of hi-ratio for every 7 cups of powdered sugar.

When I switched from Crisco to hi-ratio, I substituted 1:1 and the results were certainly not "greasy" but the fat content was too much. It was like trying to chug heavy whipping cream when you were expecting whole milk... Not "bad" but too much of a good thing.

Also, the ability to use less hi-ratio somewhat offsets the higher price.

Quote:
Originally Posted by G_Cakes

I think the difference between the to has to do with fat content but not 100% sure icon_smile.gif




All shortening brands are 100% fat.

The difference between Crisco and hi-ratio shortenings is in the ability of hi-ratio to absorb more liquid than Crisco (because of the amount of emulsifiers, etc.) without breaking
down.


There is no difference in taste, although almost everyone who uses hi-ratio agrees that it never exhibits the "greasy mouth" feel that can sometimes occur with Crisco.*

For hi-ratio recipes, please visit this thread:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-608700-.html

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/7300/High-Ratio-Sweetex-Frosting

http://www.onestopbaking.com/ipcms/recipe/Buttercream-frosting-recipe.html

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/7401/cakebybek-sweetex-buttercream

*Of course, not all Crisco based frostings are created equal.

Examples of some highly rated (non-greasy) Crisco American b/c recipes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-6992-Indydebis-Crisco-Based-Buttercream-Icing.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-7378-Cakepros-Buttercream-with-Trans-Fat-Free-Crisco.html

HTH

G_Cakes Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 3:15am
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Thank you so much Jan for posting the links and info...this is why I love cake central!

JanH Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 3:17am
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You're very welcome, G_Cakes. icon_biggrin.gif

Ruth0209 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:47am
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I thought high ratio was too expensive, but when I actually compared cost, it turned out that it was only 20 cents a pound more than the Walmart brand I was buying. I had to spend a lot all at once for a 50 lb. cube, but it is glorious to work with. I'll never go back.

I agree that you can use slightly less (haven't quite worked out how much less), which also offsets some of the higher cost.

DropofLove Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 5:25pm
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Wow Thank you for all the info!

SweetDreams Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 11:28pm
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Where is the best place to order this high ratio shortening if you do not want a 50lb tub?

cylstrial Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:36am
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Thanks for all the info Jan!

And thanks for the pricing info Ruth! I never thought about it like that.

Ruth0209 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:51am
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You can buy small amounts from lots of on-line suppliers, but they won't deliver it in the summer because it goes rancid or just melts in the UPS trucks. I ordered some from "Into the Oven" and it was rancid when it got to me.

So wait for winter and then order a little tub.

Dawn35 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:57am
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Sweet Dreams - I buy Hi ratio shortening on line at Countrykitchensa.com
A 3 lb tub will cost about $8.00

I love it and will never go back to crisco.

cylstrial Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 12:34pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawn35

Sweet Dreams - I buy Hi ratio shortening on line at Countrykitchensa.com
A 3 lb tub will cost about $8.00

I love it and will never go back to crisco.




I knew they sold it - but I didn't know that they sold in that small of a container. Cool! Thanks!

yffrank Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 12:05pm
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I purchase my shortening from CK Products. I use Bakemark brand and it cost around $43 for and 50lb box. It is truly a great product. Pound per pound, it is cheaper then crisco!!!

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