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Crisco vs Generic?

post #1 of 27
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Just wondering: has any seen a difference between Crisco and generic shortening? I'm trying to save money and wondering if it's worth my while to go generic.
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post #2 of 27
i've only ever used crisco, so i don't know. i try to stock up on it when it goes on sale, or i buy it at sams' it's under $6 for the big can there. read the ingredients and see if they are exactly the same, you could always buy a small can of the generic and see if you notice a difference
post #3 of 27
High quality shortening is VERY imporatnt in my opinion. I buy the more expensive stuff in 50 lb boxes because it makes the icing lighter and doesn't leave that yuck greasy film in your mouth. I wouldn't go cheap here without thorough testing.
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post #4 of 27
I tried a generic product a long time ago and was not pleased with the results. I wouldn't use anything but crisco.
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post #5 of 27
I use the walmart brand but i never make crisco buttercream.
I use it when i make tortillas or pie crusts.
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post #6 of 27
I used a generic once, and will not use it again. It had a funny taste to it, and it was a little yellow compared to Crisco.
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post #7 of 27
I use the Crisco because the generic looks yucky after a couple of weeks and I throw it away!

We went to the RV Show on Sunday and we watched a cooking show there that turned out to be a sells show for really good pans. The guy that was cooking said look at this shortening all it does it go in and clog all the arteries! And goes to your butt! So now I'm freaked because thats what I use for icing! And my husband already was told he will have problems with his heart! So I sure wish there was a recipe without it in it!
post #8 of 27
I think that it really has to do with what other brand you try. I have always used used Crisco until recently when I had some Western Family shortening (from Save On Foods in Canada) and the store was closed. I actually liked it better than Crisco and have been using it since, my icing was smoothing much better with this shortening and it tastes just fine, it is also pure white so there is no difference in appearance. Sometimes you just have to try things to see what "you" like as we all have different tastes icon_biggrin.gif
post #9 of 27
I use Albertson's vegetable shortening and have noticed no difference in my icing.
post #10 of 27
Alise, try IMBC - no Crisco in that, just butter.
post #11 of 27
I will try that, my family love my cakes and all of the men have heart problems or were told they will. Thanks!
post #12 of 27
I prefer Crisco..I tried a generic and my icing was gritty tasting, the powdered sugar did not mix well with the cheap shortening... I still have a big can of the cheap stuff, but that works great in homemade cake release.
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post #13 of 27
I have used Wal-Mart brand and find it is yucky! But Albertson's seems fine. It might just depend on the generic brand you use. I guess not all generics are the same. Also I never ever use generic powdered sugar! It has to be pure cane or it comes out chalky and gritty. And I use half butter half shortening icing, so maybe the generic shortening just isn't as noticable in my icing.
post #14 of 27
Neither! I use Sweetex. Swear by it and will use nothing else anymore.

Lisa
post #15 of 27
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Where do you find Sweetex? I've never seen it.
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