happy tiers Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 7:13pm
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does anyone else have problems with their butter not completely mixing in with the Crisco? ive had this happen twice.. the other day, after I made my buttercream, I noticed it had little specs of butter in it, that wasn't fully mixed in. I had let the butter stick set out all night so I know it was at room temp.. i even let it mix longer once i saw it.........what happened?
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MimiFix Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 7:32pm
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Perhaps it's the brand of butter. Are you making Wilton style buttercream? First cream your butter with some of the confectioners' sugar until you no longer see those specs. Then proceed as usual.

MimiFix Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 7:40pm
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And P.S. - refrain from insulting the butter. Trust me, I learned the hard way. Ingredients don't care for being called "stupid" or being ridiculed in other ways. I have stories...  

happy tiers Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 8:13pm
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first time I tried name brand, land o lakes;  second time I used the generic ..........I mixed the butter with the Crisco. then added my flavoring.. meringue powder, and milk.. like usual...   most of the time I use all Crisco, no butter, but when I do use butter,, it wont mix...

but ill try mixing it first with the sugar,,,,,,,but then do I add the Crisco?

theicingartist Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 8:18pm
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I had this problem last week, mix your shortening until smooth, then add melted butter.  Mix that completely until there are no lumps, then add in your sifted powdered sugar.

I hope this was helpful!

happy tiers Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 8:21pm
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really?  melted butter?.........hmm ok

theicingartist Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 8:33pm
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Yes melted butter.  Just keep in mind that the butter is warm and a liquid consistency.  So your icing will be softer.  As the butter cools down and re-solidifies your buttercream with harden a bit more.  You can always add more water or icing sugar later to get your desired consistency.

MBalaska Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 10:20pm
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Originally Posted by MimiFix 
 

And P.S. - refrain from insulting the butter. Trust me, I learned the hard way. Ingredients don't care for being called "stupid" or being ridiculed in other ways. I have stories...  

MimiFix: good, you can write another book for us. :smile:

kakeladi Posted 12 Nov 2013 , 10:25pm
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You mention using meringue powder. I wonder if that is what is causing those specks?  Can certainly be.

AnnieCahill Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 1:30am

AI mix my fat for about 15 minutes before adding any flavorings or sugar. I use hot whipping cream to thin it out and that usually smooths out any tiny lumps. My butter never gets truly soft even being out all night because my house stays so cold.

costumeczar Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 2:12am

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I mix my fat for about 15 minutes before adding any flavorings or sugar. I use hot whipping cream to thin it out and that usually smooths out any tiny lumps. My butter never gets truly soft even being out all night because my house stays so cold.

I just love the dog in your avatar...

AnnieCahill Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 2:14pm

AGeoffrey? You want him? He's good at hiding under my side of the bed and farting.

costumeczar Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 5:21pm

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Geoffrey? You want him? He's good at hiding under my side of the bed and farting.

Oh, you know that if I came to get him you wouldn't give him away, he's cute!

milkmaid42 Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 5:53pm

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Geoffrey? You want him? He's good at hiding under my side of the bed and farting.

And you get blamed? Reminds me of a chihuahua, a true little gas bag  8O, we used to have. My mom was in the driver's seat when she pulled into an old full-service gas station and the timid little dog sought refuge under my mom's seat when the attendant reached in to unlock the hood. Right at that opportune moment, she, (the dog), let loose with one of her best. My mom sputtered "heh heh, it's my dog!" …. Yeah, lady, I'm sure I believe that, as no dog was in sight!

 

It's been a family joke ever since.

 

Jan

AnnieCahill Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 6:59pm

AHaha Jan! I have another Boston named Bridget, she's Geoffrey's sister. They are a hoot but very mischievous. They have no respect for me and misbehave when my husband's not around. So yeah, come get them both!

AnnieCahill Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 6:59pm

AHaha Jan! I have another Boston named Bridget, she's Geoffrey's sister. They are a hoot but very mischievous. They have no respect for me and misbehave when my husband's not around. So yeah, come get them both!

milkmaid42 Posted 13 Nov 2013 , 9:42pm

A double post! Did your mischievous duo each get a crack at the computer? I'd take them in a heartbeat but I have a very energetic Toy Fox Terrier and I think twixt the three of them, I'd have to move out!

 

But to get back to the  subject of butter, (drool) I've got six loaves of potato bread in the oven and when I sit down to a thick hot slice, dripping with that yellow ambrosia, I will be in heaven. Don't forget my avatar, I love all things dairy.

 

Oh, and Mimi, I'm eagerly awaiting a slew of your stories!

 

Jan

AnnieCahill Posted 14 Nov 2013 , 2:17pm

Jan, I will PM you my address so you can send me a loaf.  Low carb, schmo carb.  LOL!

 

And yeah, Bridget was hanging out with me last night while I was baking.  She waits in the hallway outside the kitchen and watches me while I clean up.  She always comes down when my husband goes upstairs because I guess she doesn't like that I'm by myself.  Ok, I guess I'll keep her but Geoffrey is still up for grabs.  Haha!

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