Problem With Bulk Shortening...

Baking By designergirl19 Updated 6 May 2011 , 1:40pm by Sangriacupcake

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:23am
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I bought a 50lb block of shortening from GFS. Tonight when I went to use it for the first time I noticed it is not creamy at all. I couldn't get it to cream smooth at all. It is very chunky and kind of flaky. I thought about warming it some thinking that would help, but wasn't sure. Since I have this huge amount of shortening I need to figure out something... Any help is much appreciated!

19 replies
JanH Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:25am
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What type and brand of shortening did you buy (GFS has all kinds, but Sweetex had to be special ordered). icon_smile.gif

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:30am
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It was their brand, I didn't realize they had other options...

sugarlover Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:32am
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GFS sells Sweetex

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:34am
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Well I can't return what I have probably since I opened it and have taken some out, any ideas on how to make it work...

JanH Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:34am
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Originally Posted by sugarlover

GFS sells Sweetex




Yes, but they don't normally stock it on the shelves.
It has to be special ordered. icon_smile.gif

And Sweetex is an ACH brand not a GFS brand.

JanH Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:36am
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Originally Posted by designergirl19

Well I can't return what I have probably since I opened it and have taken some out, any ideas on how to make it work...




Exactly what does the box say.... (Incude everything - More info is always MORE helpful!)

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:47am
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I saw on here that they carry it so I called and got a price. I sent my hubby to pick it up. He went in and told the guy he was looking for solid shortening. He said they only carry one kind in the store and this is what he gave him. He asked him if it the same as regular shortening and he said yes... I think he may have been wrong, not sure if I can use this and now I have 50lbs of it!

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:51am
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Tried to post image of the label, but it's not working...

JanH Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:56am
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Alrighty then.....

Looked up shortening on GFS website and all that came up was GFS creamy liquid fry shortening:

http://www.gfs.com/en/search/searchResults.page?QueryTerm=shortening

Is that what the box says?

HTH

P.S. Attachment to post software isn't working right now.

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 2:00am
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No, it's definitely solid... I uploaded the image to my photos, can you take a look there? It says "fryer shortening" but they had liquid and then this solid...

JanH Posted 6 May 2011 , 2:16am
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It might be solid at room temperature but it's definitely a liquid clear fry shortening..

Here's the basic preparation info: Economy shortening for deep frying potatoes, chicken, fish, onion rings.

Merchandising idea: An economical shortening that is easy to filter cold.
Life is shorter than creamy shortening.

http://kedc.net/bidding/NutritionalInformation/838179.pdf

Looks like you can make a lot of funnel cakes or elephant ears with 35# of fryer shortening!

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 2:27am
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Nice... So I guess I have to call and see if I can order the right stuff...

DianneandBrad Posted 6 May 2011 , 2:35am
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I was just at GFS today and inquired about ordering Sweetex and three different codes came up for a 50# cube! I wasn't sure which one to order, so I was interested to read your post. GFS is usually very good about returning something if it was not what you wanted, especially if you were given wrong information. It would be worth checking into.

The manager gave me a print out of what they could order and the item #'s. I think the one I want is Item #9118210 50# Sweetex Cube Shortening 35031, but the others listed were Item #9455730 50 lb Sweetex shortening Z No Sat-982 and Item #9805770 50# shortng Sweetex YLW CBE 35033.

Can someone confirm if the one I think I want is correct? It's a great price, but not if it can't be used to make frosting!

designergirl19 Posted 6 May 2011 , 2:41am
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I am definitely going to call and ask... and I would be interested in knowing the correct item to order as well icon_smile.gif

leah_s Posted 6 May 2011 , 3:22am
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It's highly likely that the Z is trans fat free. (would not be my choice)

JanH Posted 6 May 2011 , 5:23am
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Sweetex 35031 is icing/cake/sweet dough shortening with trans fat:

http://www.oasisupply.com/Products/MoreInfo.asp?ProductID=1~CAN+SWTX

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product.cfm/p/11047/Sweetex-Shortening-50-Pound.htm

SweetexZ 982 is icing/cake/sweet dough shortening with ZERO trans fat:

http://www.stratasfoods.com/docs/pdf/SweetexZSheet.pdf

Sweetex Golden 35033 is icing/cake/sweet dough/filling shortening:
(This is a butter flavored yellow/golden shortening so probably not so good for white icing. Think hi-ratio Crisco yellow butter flavored sticks.)

http://www.roundeyesupply.com/Stratas-Foods-Golden-Sweetex-Shortening-50-Lb-p/de352458.htm

HTH

DianneandBrad Posted 6 May 2011 , 11:03am
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Thanks for clarifying! The Sweetex 35031 is only $91.99 at GFS!

sugarlover Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:04pm
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The GFS by me keeps it on the shelves all the time. I guess it depends on where you live.

Sangriacupcake Posted 6 May 2011 , 1:40pm
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Jan is correct. I'm looking at the GFS sticker on my Sweetex shortening for cakes, icings & sweet doughs: item # 911821

I always save the tag for easy re-ordering. I don't know why GFS makes this so difficult, but I am glad I can at least order it from them. Considering I'm just a hobby baker, I sure go through a lot of this stuff. icon_smile.gif

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