I am making my first cake in about 2 years. When we moved, I only had a small amount of Alpine hi ratio shortening left, so I pitched it. My hubby's bday is tomorrow and I decided to make him a last minute cake. A friend who recently took a cake class told me that she uses Kroger brand shortening. I quickly picked up a can during my grocery trip. When I unloaded it from the bag, I noticed it says it is made from meat fats and vegetable fats. I'm pretty grossed out, but is it safe to say that this will work? Yuck. Anyone else use it? I will be using part shortening part butter, so hopefully that will help.
I wouldn't use that for icing.
I'd go back & grab some Crisco, or any other brand that is "vegetable shortening", only.
In winter months, I use 3/4 butter & 1/4 hi ratio shortening.
Do not use any shortening that contains animal product. Kroger makes another that does not contain animal product and it works fine for icing. I use it all the time.
Not to mention the meat based shortening is extremely gritty. Nasty gritty. I accidentally grabbed it once, and I check every time now. I hate that stuff.