I have been reading alot about the benefits of using a high ratio shortening. My question is, how can I tell if a shortening is high ratio? Does it say on the container, or do I need to look for a particular ingredient?
It's a specialty shortening made specifically for decorators. You need to look for the brands Sweetex or Alpine, or simply for a product labeled "Hi Ratio Shortening." You won't find it at the supermarket; you'll need to go to a cake store, restaurant supply store, or order it online. Good luck with your search!
Just what ceshell said.
Additionally, the box may also state: cake and icing shortening (Sweetex) or icing shortening (Alpine).
This info would be helpful if the hi-ratio brand isn't either of the two mentioned.
Thanks ceshell and Jan for your quick replies....those are helpful tips!
I had heard of the Alpine and Sweetex, but I was hoping I would be able to find something locallly that I wouldn't have to order online and pay added shipping costs since I am only doing this as a hobby for now. I hadn't heard of the label stating "cake and icing shortening" though, ..so that will help to know I can look for that as well.
I purchased a 50lb box of Sweetex at my local cake shop for $129. That equates to $2.58 per pound. Yes higher in price than store bought shortening, but not too much more and the results in the icing...Divine!...LOL!
FYI - I just tried the CK brand hi ratio. I didn't like it because it left a slick greasy feeling in my mouth. Sharon Zambito recommends Sweetex only. She says it's the cream of the crop.
Thanks everyone, I appreciate your info!