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High Ratio Shortening - Any difference in Brand?

post #1 of 36
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I am going to be doing several cakes next month so I decided I am going to try out the high ratio shortening. However, I don't know which one to buy. There are several out there.

Does the brand matter? Are they all pretty much the same?

Please, if you use high ratio shortening, which brand do you use and where do you buy it?

Thanks for your help. icon_confused.gif
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post #2 of 36
I like using Sweetex which I buy at a cake supply shop here in SoCal.
post #3 of 36
I buy 50# cubes of Alpine from Dawn. (wholesaler all over the country)
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I never thought there was a difference. I was wrong. I used Alpine for the last 4 years......I finally found a source for Sweetex. WOW - BIG difference in the sugarshack recipe (maybe not so much in others, but definately in her recipe!). NO air bubbles after setting, even a week. I will not go back to Alpine. I really thought it would not matter, hi-ratio is hi-ratio.....but I am eating those words. Sweetex user for sure now.
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post #5 of 36
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

I never thought there was a difference. I was wrong. I used Alpine for the last 4 years......I finally found a source for Sweetex. WOW - BIG difference in the sugarshack recipe (maybe not so much in others, but definately in her recipe!). NO air bubbles after setting, even a week. I will not go back to Alpine. I really thought it would not matter, hi-ratio is hi-ratio.....but I am eating those words. Sweetex user for sure now.



Loucinda, this is interesting. I too use Sugarshacks recipe and have used only Dawn. After reading your post I think I'll give Sweetex a try after I use up this 50 pound block I just bought last week! icon_sad.gif Thanks for the info on the difference!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #6 of 36
I used Alpine and didnt like it as much as i like the Sweetex i could tell a difference in the way the Alpine tasted and felt in my mouth
post #7 of 36
http://www.thebakerskitchen.net/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=266

"the bakers kitchen" sells sweetex as their TBK brand. (Sweetex requires the name to be changed when their product is repackaged in smaller containers.) it's 8.99 for 4 lbs. Definitely cheaper to go with the 50 lb, but to just try it in a smaller amount, this is the cheapest I found.

I love how it doesn't leave a waxy film in the roof of the mouth!
post #8 of 36
From what I have gathered from other threads on this site : Sweetex is THE hi-ratio shortening you want to buy.....not all brands are the same!!!
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post #9 of 36
Okay, I'll be the minority view here -- I found sweetex to be just that -- SWEET! It's like it's whipped with sugar or something. icon_confused.gif I'll use it in a pinch but geez oh petes, when I want shortening, I want JUST SHORTENING -- let me decide how much of whatever to put in it. (Okay, off my soapbox now) icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #10 of 36
The only hi-ratio I can get in my area, and that's two hours away, icon_eek.gif , is the CK brand.

I use SugarShacks' recipe. Have tried others, and there's just no comparison for me.

That said, I'd like to try Sweetex with SS's recipe. May have to get some online soon..
post #11 of 36
There is a difference in the Hi-Ratio shortenings. When I moved back to Iowa I tried 2 or 3 less expensive Hi Ratio shortenings and they did not work. I ended up with Sweetex Hi-Ratio shortening. This is the only one that I will use. It costs more but it is the best I've found.
The less expensive ones either had a funny taste or they next morning there was oil standing in my icing. I've had no problems with Sweetex.

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post #12 of 36
I agree that the cheaper off brands don't work as well. I've used Sweetex, Alpine and now Wesson Quik Blend. I actually prefer Wesson Quik Blend. It's a little less expensive than Sweetex and Alpine. I've used it and sold it in my shop exclusively for over a year. My customers love it, and so do I!!
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

I never thought there was a difference. I was wrong. I used Alpine for the last 4 years......I finally found a source for Sweetex. WOW - BIG difference in the sugarshack recipe (maybe not so much in others, but definately in her recipe!). NO air bubbles after setting, even a week. I will not go back to Alpine. I really thought it would not matter, hi-ratio is hi-ratio.....but I am eating those words. Sweetex user for sure now.



Isn't that funny because my Sweetex loaded itself with bubbles after sitting. I'm a newb and never tried anything else. I just thought they'd all do that. When I saw all the bubbles I was a bit freaked thinking it fermented or something. I didn't use sugarshacks recipe though I have only tried Indydebi's because I had good success with it the first time.
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post #14 of 36
I got the bubbles with the alpine, no matter what recipe I used. I now exclusively use sugarshacks and NOT ONE TIME have I had any air bubbles - it is perfectly smooth, no matter how long it sets in the bowl. ( I have some here that is about a week old - looks and works perfect!)
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post #15 of 36
after looking trough this thread, I searched for sweetex on-line. I found that amazon sell sweetex in 3lb. GFS says the can order it in a 50 pound. I would also like to know what is sugarshack. do you mean a sight or is it right here on CC? I would really like to try this recipe when I get my sweetex
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