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Does generic veg shortening WITH trans fats even exist?

post #1 of 29
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I have been to Kroger, Walmart and Aldi and all 0 trans fats. Help! I may be forced to spend the big bucks on hi ratio. Do you all use 0 trans fat or can you find regular?

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post #2 of 29
I haven't been able to find it either. It looks like they have all changed to 0 trans fat.
post #3 of 29
Given the trend towards banning trans fats and the costs of maintaining multiple product formulations it will probably be difficult to find shortening that contains TFs. Your best bets will be to either deal with zero TF shortening, use an alternative fat like butter, or buy high ratio.
post #4 of 29
I haven't seen any in a while. I used to either use high ratio or a brand called Richtex. Richtex is just regular vegetable shortening but it still has the trans fats. I buy mine at a local food distributor. They mostly sell to businesses but they will sell to others too.
post #5 of 29
I have never bought hi-ratio shortening. Could someone tell me how much trans fat is in it? The store brands use to have 2 to 3 mg.(or whatever it is) If the hi-ratio is a lot higher than 2 or 3 could you use 1/2 hi-ratio and 1/2 regular shortening to help keep the cost down?
post #6 of 29
Thankfully my store still has transfat in the storename brand. The lower priced generic is 0 TF, and of course the name brand is 0 TF. One of these days I should buy up some stock before they change this one too!
post #7 of 29
I have been able to find it at Sav-a-Lot even after Wal-Mart stopped carrying it but I haven't looked for it in a while so I'm not sure if they still have it or not.
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post #8 of 29
I have been able to find it at Sav-a-Lot even after Wal-Mart stopped carrying it but I haven't looked for it in a while so I'm not sure if they still have it or not.
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post #9 of 29
Ellie,

I know it's expensive but it is meant for icing and other baked goods. I don't really make icing with shortening anymore, and if I do it's only about 25% of the fat in the recipe.

Even when you use regular shortening, with or without trans fats, you get that nasty grease film in your mouth. With hi ratio you don't have to worry about that. It's also formulated differently than regular shortening and you don't have to use as much in your regular recipe.
post #10 of 29
I believe Sweetex has 4mg of trans fat per serving. You can verify with the mfr, Stratas Foods.

http://www.stratasfoods.com/contact.aspx

You can find high ratio shortening (may be repackaged Sweetex) in a 3# package here:
http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Krafts-Hi-Ratio-Shortening-lbs/dp/B00024WNTU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323207128&sr=8-1
post #11 of 29
I just recently bought some Target brand shortening and it still has the transfat.
post #12 of 29
Shurfine store brand shortening still has transfats. thumbs_up.gif
post #13 of 29
white rose still has all the fats. that's what I use. And it taste better than crisco when I make my frosting (half salted butter half shortening)
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post #14 of 29
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Thanks for the replies! If I can find the time, I will check another Wal-Mart and Target, and we have a local grocery store I can look in. Gonna call my cake store and find out the price of their hi-ratio. May just have to up the price on this cake a little to cover the cost. I wonder what kind of looks I would get if I asked my family for hi-ratio for Christmas icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 29
If I am out of frosting shortening (this is what my cake supply store calls it because it is for making frosting but has no trans fat) I use Sunny Select brand shortening. You can find it on the west coast but not sure about other areas. If you have to use fat free shortening you need to add some of the fat back in by using part butter and whole milk instead of water.
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