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post #1 of 35
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I just wanted to say that I made a huge batch of Indydebi's BC with BiLo brand PS because it was on sale and I really thought "no biggie, I'm sure it won't affect the taste." BOY was I wrong! I made a half batch after the big batch with name brand PS just to make sure I wasn't crazy thinking the larger batch was gross and I wasn't crazy. I'm so upset I thought I was saving money by getting the off brand and now I'm debating throwing out the big batch and remaking with the good stuff. I had no clue that it was important but not only is the big batch gritty it just has a chemical tastes to it, it's horrible compared to how amazing the half batch with the name brand stuff is. GRRRR! Who knew!
post #2 of 35
I've never used that brand but I do use a no name brand that I've found to taste just as good. Sorry this happened to you. I hate wasting ingredients.
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post #3 of 35
I use a not well known brand and the taste is the same... but...

It Is Sooooooo Muchhhhh HARDER TO SIFT!!!! gggrrrrr I dislike that very very much....
most times if DH is home.... HE HAS TO DO IT.... hehehe
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post #4 of 35
I never thought about ps tasting different between brands. Just sugar and cornstarch right? I always buy mine at Aldi's. Never had a problem, and don't sift.
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post #5 of 35
I'm scared NOT to sift... I heard you might get lumps... or was it for fondant only???? please let me know... cause I will be very happy if I don't have to sift when making buttercream! lol
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post #6 of 35
I tellyou ..I use 10x all the time......does not matter, I was never sifting.............no more man.........I finally got what looked like rice in my fondant..........yepper, made a believer outta me....I will always sift from now on..........this is the week of learning for me big time lol
post #7 of 35
I always sift. Always. Just a habit I can't break icon_lol.gif
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post #8 of 35
dalis4joe, I usually make Buttercream Dream or Indydebi's, and I don't sift. Now, with that said, I bet this is where the different brands would come into play because of the amount of cornstarch added. I just made 4 batches of Buttercream Dream today, and I really get my butter and shortening creamed along with my flavorings (love to mix up different flavors) and then I just dump all the ps in the KA, put a towel over the mixer, start on stir and add @5 TBLS of milk. I leave it on stir, you can hear come together, take the towel off, and just let it go slow and easy until it is all mixed up. Now with Indydebi's you get to whip the fire out of it, that is a good icing when you are mad at somebody!! icon_lol.gif Mixer noise drowns out everything! When you sift, do you have lots of lumps in the sugar?
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post #9 of 35
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I always sift as well and the store brand was harder to sift, and I'm like you guys I had NO clue the PS would taste different but UGH it does! I had my mom taste it though and not taste the half batch and she thought it was fine so I'm just going to use it on the cake anyway but I'm sure if she would have tasted the half batch she would have thought the big one was not so good! icon_razz.gif Oh well, live and learn I guess? BTW I have used a different generic brand and I didn't notice a difference in taste I think it was from Sam's, just the BiLo brand is not working for whatever reason...
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

I tellyou ..I use 10x all the time......does not matter, I was never sifting.............no more man.........I finally got what looked like rice in my fondant..........yepper, made a believer outta me....I will always sift from now on..........this is the week of learning for me big time lol



I second that!! Made my first-ever batch of MMF last weekend. The directions specifically state that sifting the PS is non-negotiable. Of course, I had to be hard-headed and test the waters! Little tumors all over my otherwise perfect product. No way was I wasting it, so I spent WAY TOO LONG squishing each little clump until they were gone. I finally won the war, but the battle was costly icon_lol.gif
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post #11 of 35
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haha that's good to know too, the one time I tried to make MMF I failed horribly but if I attempt ever again- sifting is a must!
post #12 of 35
I buy powdered sugar at Costco and have never had a problem. I usually always sift when making BC and always sift when making fondant.
post #13 of 35
I only use Shurfine brand ps, I have used Walmart's "Great Value" brand, and it definately does not taste as good. I don't sift when I do Indydebi's bc, like said before, you just beat the heck out of it! Always sift when doing mmf!
post #14 of 35
If anyone has a BJ's Wholesale by them,. they sell Domino PS, 4 lb. bags for around $3.00. I have used cheaper brands before but found my BC was gritty, even with sifting. Won't use anything but brand name now.
post #15 of 35
I have had the same problem with the Bi-lo brand....YUCK!!!!!! I do however use the walmart brand with no problems. Also for what its worth I don't sift the ps in my buttercream and have no problems. I always sift the ps with my fondant it does make a difference.
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