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Don't let the Crisco label fool you!! - a Fable :)

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SO the other day I was at a local grocery store in the baking aisle, and I happened to notice they had a couple of rows of Crisco Sticks, about a dozen or so packages with the green Zero Trans Fat labels (yuk), and about a dozen with just a regular Crisco label. Which got my mind racing.....

Could it be??? They still have ORIGINAL CRISCO in stock?????

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I only had enough money for that particular grocery trip, but I vowed that I would return - I would go clean them out of their ORIGINAL CRISCO sticks since I LOVE the sticks, I can't stand to measure shortening.

So TONIGHT was THE NIGHT - I stopped by the store on my way home from work, my business account check card in hand, and strolled into the store feeling VERY confident and superior. I grabbed a basket, marched right up to the baking aisle, and filled the basket. I counted 11 packages, which was gonna make me a TON of icing icon_cool.gif

As I began to unload my basket at the checkout, the cashier commented "wow, is that a lot of Crisco!"

"it sure is", I smirked. "They changed to the Zero Trans Fat garbage and now my cake icing never turns out right. But since you had some of the original Crisco still on your shelves, I wanted to grab it so I can once again have icing the way I want it."

"oh....." the cashier looks a little concerned.... and a chill came over me as I feared the most hated words of a savvy shopper - quantity limits icon_surprised.gif

But I was NOT prepared for what actually came from her lips: "um.....well what that is is the new packaging....you see, look here at the nutrition info, these have no trans fats. They stopped making the packaging with the green label...now it's just basic Crisco."

icon_confused.gificon_mad.giftapedshut.gif took everything I had not to start shouting expletives at the top of my lungs!!!

I tightly thanked her for the information, asked if I could please restock all but 2 packages (after all - girl's gotta make icing SOMEHOW), paid for my purchase and then sheepily slunk back to my car, head hung low. icon_cry.gif

The moral of the story is - ALWAYS read the label before making a purchase. Until you do - you never know what you're buying. icon_rolleyes.gif [/i]
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post #2 of 119
I've been using these sticks when I teach course 1 and haven't had a problem with them. *knock on wood* Guess I am a lucky one.
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post #3 of 119
I agree.... Bah to Crisco! My cakes are not holding together like the good ol' stuff. If you stop buying brand name and go for off-label (Like Target brand) I believe most are still using trans fats.
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post #4 of 119
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yeah they all are....but that brings me back round to my problem of hating to measure shortening icon_mad.gif
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post #5 of 119
Hey! Why dontcha go ahead and grit your teeth, take out like 2 big tubs of shortening, premeasure out your 1 or 2 cup amounts, wrapem in plastic wrap and put them all in a tupperware with a lid. That way you only have to "do the deed" once. icon_redface.gif
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post #6 of 119
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you are WAAAAAAAY too smart for me!!! thumbs_up.gif

actually, I have a MUCH better idea. icon_wink.gif Why don't you come over to my house, and do it for me instead??? I'll make cake!

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post #7 of 119
I always just measure my shortening by weight right into the mixer bowl. 7oz=1cup. I put my mixer bowl onto the scale and add crisco till it's the right weight. Works well for me and no extra measuring cups or anything to use. icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 119
Sure! On my way!!

*puts on her grease-resistant wetsuit and grabs a wooden spoon*

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post #9 of 119
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OK

SOOOOOOO many of you calling SOOOOOOO much attention to my ridiculousness for spending the extra money buying the 0 trans fat sticks

I admit it - I'm LAZY ok??? icon_surprised.gif

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post #10 of 119
I was nearly tricked by the new "old" label. I was so excited to see that the label didn't say "Zero trans fat." I HAD to read the ingredients to see that it wasn't too good to be true. It was too good to be true. icon_cry.gif BUT, with the measuring hatred aside, I have found a decent way to get my buttercream to turn out OK. I use about 1/4 cup of trans fat store brand with 3/4 cup crisco. Just adding that small bit has helped. Geez! Now really, is trans fat really that bad?!?!? icon_wink.gif To bad you can't just buy a tub of trans fat to sprinkle into the BC!
post #11 of 119
I made the trip to my wholesaler this week and announced in the lobby, "screw this healty no trans fat crap. Give me a cube of transfat shortening because it bakes better cake." I am not lying.
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post #12 of 119
Oh yeah Springflower reminds me... I was trolling around the recipes area and noticed a lot of people were advising this little secret to making the new Crisco work (and Im gonna try it!) to add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the icing as it whips. Worth a try, no?

Hey Im lazy too and like the sticks. Shhh don't tell
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post #13 of 119
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Tried the cornstarch trick. It did change the texture of the icing, but I still pulled great gaping holes in it and it didn't like to stick to the crumbcoat. It did NOT make it the same as it was before THE CHANGE.
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post #14 of 119
Thanks E! Two words.


Oh


Crap


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post #15 of 119
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OK loriana,

you & me should get together with a pallet of generic trans-fat-laden shortening tubs from Costco, and just start portioning. We can sell 1-cup portions, premeasured and wrapped in plastic, here on CC for $1 per cup. No - make that 75 cents per cup. We'll make BANK and everyone here at CC will be happy too thumbs_up.gif
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