Originally Posted by kazita
I use to use the walmart brand than tried crisco and thought they were fine than i came on here and read lots of post about high ratio shortening l looked up the CK brand and i am able to buy it at my cake store, you can buy it online in 3 pound tubs well worth the money it makes my Bc smooth as silk. Just do a google search for high ratio Ck shortening
That's a different question. High ratio shortening is NOT THE SAME STUFF as crisco/vegetable shortening. High-ratio has water mixed in. It makes your buttercream smooth as silk because of thate xtra water. You can get the same result if you add water (2 tablespoons per cup of shortening) to the shortening-plus-sugar mix and keep beating.
The present difference between Crisco brand and generic brands is that Crisco is trans-fat-free but the off-label shortening has trans fat that makes it harden up well when chilled. This happens to make a HUGE difference when you are making frozen buttercream transfers.