High Ratio Shortening Needed Locally?

Decorating By Ms Cilla Updated 1 Jul 2021 , 12:47am by jchuck

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Ms Cilla Posted 26 Jun 2021 , 6:19pm
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Hi all!  I am in a pinch.  I don't do enough cakes to order in bulk.  I am trying to find a high ratio shortening that doesn't cost too much that I could buy locally and quickly for my grandson's birthday cake.   Is Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening considered "High ratio?"  Can anyone suggest a store which may carry something locally?  I haven't used a high ratio shortening before and would like to try it.  The cake is due July 4th, 2021.  I could order online if it could get for a good price and here on time.  Feedback is greatly appreciated.  You guys are the best!

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-K8memphis Posted 26 Jun 2021 , 10:11pm
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i use all butter 

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jchuck Posted 27 Jun 2021 , 12:49am
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I too don’t use shortening, but butter. But if you’re going to use a butter substitute, and want to use shortening, Spectrum organic vegetable shortening isn’t a bad replacement. My daughter use to be vegan and used that regularly. Also organ palm (ethically sourced) shortening as well. But Spectrum isn’t “high ratio” shortening. 

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SandraSmiley Posted 29 Jun 2021 , 11:34pm
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I also use butter, but you can use Crisco instead.  It is not true high ratio, but neither is anything else, since trans fats have been entirely banned.  Crisco does a good job, just add butter extract to add flavor.

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jchuck Posted 30 Jun 2021 , 2:09am
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Sandra. I’m glad you stated….. “There is no high ratio shortening”.  I keep reading on my fb decorating pages so many decorators recommending different brands of high ratio shortening. But as you said, doesn’t exist. It was banned in USA and Canada several years ago because of the trans fat. When I read the fb posts, I don’t bother to counter the statement. Can’t be bothered getting into a debate!!! 

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SandraSmiley Posted 30 Jun 2021 , 3:13pm
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June, I don't know how suppliers can get away with calling shortenings high-ration anymore?  There used to be a restaurant supply house in Nashville.  They had a box of Sweetex that said High Ratio, so I read all of the fine print and there was nary a drop of tran fat to be found.  I left that 50 pound bad boy in the store and bought a can of Crisco for emergencies (flaming hot weather).

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jchuck Posted 1 Jul 2021 , 12:47am
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Yes, we have a store here… Bulk Barn. They sell their brand of “high ratio” shortening. Same deal, I read the label, and not a trace of trans fat in the ingredients!!  

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