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Hi Ratio Shortening illegal in CA -- ANY IDEAS????

post #1 of 28
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Help! A couple of years ago, California made trans-fat ILLEGAL in CA. Now I cannot buy hi-ratio shortening here, and I cannot have it shipped here either. Any ideas what I can use in its place? Oh, and not even our Crisco is allowed to have trans-fat!

 

I HATE the way my frosting tastes and acts now!!!!! It's almost made me leave cake decorating -- almost! lol.

 

Please if anyone is from CA and has found a way to duplicate what we have lost without the transfat, I would LOVE to know what you do.

 

THank you!

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post #2 of 28

Use real butter. I've never used shortening and never will.  Tastes better too.   Unless they've banned butter too!
 

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post #3 of 28
Ive read here to order sweetex z. Z is for zero trans fats but it is still high ratio shortening but you can put the fat back into your buttercream icing by using heavy whipping cream when you make your buttercream
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Hi ratio shortening isn't illegal in California.  I just wanted to clarify that since you put in the title of you post incorrect information that could unnecessarily freak people out if they read it.

 

I just googled:

 

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product.cfm/p/155608/Sweetex-Z-Cake-and-Icing-Shortening.htm

 

And I also got a ton of hits about it.  

 

 

I don't make shortening-based anything.  Problem solved.  icon_biggrin.gif

post #5 of 28
When the trans-fat ban was put in place we switched from Sweetex to Sweetex Z. Bakemark sells Sweetex Z in 50# packages. The flavor of our Sweetex Z-based buttercream was just as good as with regular Sweetex, but the Z is more temperature sensitive.
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Appreciate all the replies. Thank you all very much. A couple of points of clarification....

 

The ONLY thing I use the hi-ratio shortening for is for my crusting butter cream, which I don't think you can make with just straight butter. That is the problem...and I should have been clearer because here's the issue...

 

1. It doesn't crust the same without the transfat....it gets FLAKEY, which I hate.

 

2. It doesn't smooth the same....and if I WERE to use REAL butter ONLY (I use the WIlton 1/2 and 1/2 recipe right now)...the recipe wouldn't crust.

 

3. I have found that the TASTE of the non-transfat is AWFUL. Does Sweetex Z taste okay??

 

THank you all.
 

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post #7 of 28
Don't know about the taste of sweetex z. Jason might know that he lives in California. I use a all shortening crusting buttercream recipe and I use heavy whipping cream as the liquid in my recipe....I'm aloud to still use high trans fat shortening I just found that the heavy whipping cream makes it extra yummy. I have read other post on here that you just need to add some get back in by using either whole milk or heavy whipping cream
post #8 of 28
Sorry that should say add some fat back into the recipe
post #9 of 28
Sweetex Z tastes pretty much the same as regular Sweetex, as I said the only difference is the temperature sensitivity, at least in our crusting BC recipe (which is dairy-free). Different recipes may yield different results.

NYC maintains a list of trans-fat free shortening options, since it also has a trans-fat ban:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/transfat/english/shorteninglist.pdf

BTW it is still legal to use shortening with trans-fat for personal use, I was able to purchase regular Sweetex in a local cake supply shop in Orange County just a few months ago.
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft View Post

Sweetex Z tastes pretty much the same as regular Sweetex, as I said the only difference is the temperature sensitivity, at least in our crusting BC recipe (which is dairy-free). Different recipes may yield different results.
NYC maintains a list of trans-fat free shortening options, since it also has a trans-fat ban:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/transfat/english/shorteninglist.pdf
BTW it is still legal to use shortening with trans-fat for personal use, I was able to purchase regular Sweetex in a local cake supply shop in Orange County just a few months ago.


Oh really? How were you able to buy the regular Sweetex at a cake supply shop? (and I know it says I'm in Eagle Idaho, but we are in CA now) The only cake store we have here says they aren't allowed to sell it. I was under the impression that I couldn't buy it or have it shipped to CA at all! If that's the case, then I will definitely order some tonight! Jason, what is the name of the Orange County shop you bought it at? Maybe I can call them.

 

Thank you so much everyone!

 

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post #11 of 28
This was the store, in Orange:
http://www.abccakes.com/

AFAIK it's still legal for a retailer to sell it as an ingredient, the ban applies to food facilities using it.

Most online retailers will probably still be OK shipping to CA, I haven't tried but it's worth a shot. For example:
http://tinyurl.com/c8byuqb
Edited by jason_kraft - 12/16/12 at 8:32pm
post #12 of 28
I wad told if you use it for personal use and not for selling than a suppiler doesn't have a problem shipping it to you. If you are using it for personal use I might be wrong but don't think you want 50 pounds of it. I buy the CK brand in 3 pound tubs you can find it online just Google CK high ratio shortening
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft View Post

This was the store, in Orange:
http://www.abccakes.com/
AFAIK it's still legal for a retailer to sell it as an ingredient, the ban applies to food facilities using it.
Most online retailers will probably still be OK shipping to CA, I haven't tried but it's worth a shot. For example:
http://tinyurl.com/c8byuqb


Thank you, thank you!

 

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post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by kazita View Post

I wad told if you use it for personal use and not for selling than a suppiler doesn't have a problem shipping it to you. If you are using it for personal use I might be wrong but don't think you want 50 pounds of it. I buy the CK brand in 3 pound tubs you can find it online just Google CK high ratio shortening


Thank you so much! This is good news indeed! I am so excited to find out that I can get this again. People who have never tried it cannot know the difference between how it reacts in a crusting butter cream vs crisco! (And, yes, I know that this stuff is gross, but ultimately, it's what is needed to make the crusting bc.) So, thank you all again!

 

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post #15 of 28

I live in Sacramento, CA and I can purchase hi-ratio shortening with trans fat from a local cake decorating supply store.  You can get it with or without trans fat....I buy it with the trans fat in it.

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