High Ratio Shortening

Decorating By mogleyzw Updated 27 Oct 2014 , 9:32pm by MBalaska

mogleyzw Posted 27 Oct 2014 , 9:13pm
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Hi,

 

Is there anything which identifies high ratio shortening (appart from a label)?  For example if I look in the ingredients will I be able to tell which is which?  Where I live in Zimbabwe I have yet to come across shortening but I have seen vegetable fats which looks identical to shortening from other countries (a white block of mass).

 

 Is there anything I should look out for when buying so I don't mess up an icing?  And what is puff pastry fat made from vegetable oils?  Can I use that as shortening?

 

Thanks

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maybenot Posted 27 Oct 2014 , 9:22pm
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High ratio shortening isn't generally available in retail stores. It's a specialty order product from bakery supply shops.  I doubt that the block veg. shortening you're finding is high ratio. 

 

High ratio has a high percentage of trans fats.  In nutritionally labeled food, that should be spelled out very clearly.  In re-packaged foods, that info is probably not available.

 

In the US, trans fats have been removed from veg. shortening available in grocery stores, but what you have available may have a small percentage of trans fats in them.

 

Sorry, can't answer the question about puff pastry.

MBalaska Posted 27 Oct 2014 , 9:32pm
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High Ratio Shortening is more about the process used to hydrogenate the solid vegetable fat.  You can google it and it may make more sense to  you.

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