Originally Posted by LilBlackSheep
I'm curious to find out because I read on here about being able to use Walmart shortening when Crisco changed their formula eliminating trans fats. Since Walmart has followed in Crisco's footsteps, I knew not to go looking there. Found some at a local grocery store. Tried it and actually, it turned out quite well. The icing doesn't have that "feeling" in the icing that Crisco does.
Finding Sweetex or High-Ratio around here won't happen. I live 3 hours from the nearest big city.
Are there any baking supply stores in your area? I am about 5 hours away from a big city. But there are a couple of tiny and I mean tiny baking supply shops. Only one carries it but I'm sure they could order it for you.
But if your shortening works for you and you don't get that greasy feel then you should use what you like and trust. As for the debate about the unhealthiness of transfat...I don't worry about that. I don't eat frosting on a regular basis, nor do the people I bake for which is mostly my family. We usually eat a little bit...just enough to leave a smear on the bread. We definitely do not eat those big mounds that you see on cupcakes nowadays. The thought of eating a stick of butter isn't too pleasant either. But everything in moderation!
I do think there are some other differences between regular shortening and hi-ratio but I can't remember at the time. Something about the emulsion process. Sorry...it's Friday afternoon and I am counting the time to go home!