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What colour should High Ratio Shortening be?

post #1 of 25
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I want to try making a crusting buttercream using high ratio shortening (I usually use SMBC but want a tasty alternative).

 

I recently purchased a small amount of high ratio shortening from our local cake decorating store.  They package their edible products themselves (into smaller containers from bulk purchases), so I bought a 250 g container.

 

It's yellowy...not white, like regular shortening.  Is that the colour it's supposed to be?  I've never seen it before, so have nothing to compare it too; however, I've looked online and in any photos I can find, the high ratio appears whiter than what I have in front of me.

 

Is that normal?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 25

Mine is more of an off-white, like eggshell color.  Not all yellow, but not as white as Crisco.

post #3 of 25
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Hm.  This is more the colour of almond paste.  Dark beige / light tan?  Hard to describe.  icon_smile.gif

 

This is a picture of it.  The actual colour in real life (photo isn't 100% true) is darker.

 

 

I probably shouldn't be worried.  It smells good, and I'm sure it'll work fine...but I was curious more than anything.

 

Thanks!

post #4 of 25

Mine is white.  But I buy the 50# boxes.

 

That looks like it's been melted and resolidified. 

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post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Spooky_789 View Post

That looks like it's been melted and resolidified. 

 

Would the quality change, then?

 

Eek. Maybe I should call the shop I bought it at.  But I kind of hate to question them...they're supposed to be the experts (shop is owned and ran by a qualified pastry chef)....

post #6 of 25
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Would the quality change, then?

 

Eek. Maybe I should call the shop I bought it at.  But I kind of hate to question them...they're supposed to be the experts (shop is owned and ran by a qualified pastry chef)....

 



I  purchase mine in a 50# box also, it looks like it has been melted, I'd ask them.  You paid for it so I would treat it like any thing else you purchased that you have questions about, it's only fair.

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post #7 of 25

Yeah, it looks gross. I buy mine in a 50lb box, and it is as white as freshly fallen snow ;-) It also looks more solid and less oily, like the picture. When I first bought mine this way, I had a lot fewer orders, and would waste the bottom 1/8 of the box because it got funny looking and clearish, and sticky, after it sat for too long. (a lot like what your picture shows.) I wonder if you could buy some from an actual bakery, where it is likely fresher?

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post #8 of 25

http://cakecentral.com/t/1264/high-ratio-shortening, hth. There is a pic on this thread with the color and like every said, it should be white or creamy off-white. It is a wonderful product, I hope you can get it in Canada.


Edited by enga - 5/7/13 at 12:54pm

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post #9 of 25
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Thanks for the link to that thread, Enga!  That was really helpful.

 

So, I phoned the shop and asked about the colour and texture.  She said that's how they purchase it.  The brand is Golden Gate (I can find Golden Gate online, but no reference to that particular brand in a high ratio shortening).

 

Apparently once it's whipped up, it whitens.  They use it for making icing for their cakes all the time (they also make and sell cakes), and their icing is white.

 

So...I'm going to try making an American-style buttercream with half shortening, half butter, and see what happens!  If it doesn't work, I have found an online supplier in Canada where I can get CK brand in a 3 lb. bucket.  I just didn't want that large a quantity for something I hadn't tried before.  I much prefer low-cost trial and error.  icon_biggrin.gif  The 250 g was only $2.00.

 

Thanks for your replies!  I appreciate it.  icon_smile.gif

post #10 of 25
A gal that I was talking to on here bought her high ratio shortening at bulk barn in canada .it comes in small amounts at bulk barn too she paid like $2.15 for a really small amount.
post #11 of 25
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Alas, we don't yet have a Bulk Barn where I live.

 

However, there's one opening soon apparently, and I'm really excited to check it out!   (isn't that sad? icon_redface.gif )

 

Thankfully, it's not TOO close to me, so I won't be tempted to go there every day.  icon_biggrin.gif

post #12 of 25

Mine is definitely white.  Your's looks so gross.  Definitely something is wrong.  Don't feel that they will be insulted.  As business owners, they need to know when their products are faulty.  I just got the chills up my spine thinking of your high ratio...................seriously.    Yuck.

post #13 of 25
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Mine is definitely white.  Your's looks so gross.  Definitely something is wrong. 

 

Ya, I thought that too.  But when I phoned, I described the product to her (it's a small shop), and she said that that's what they use.  And they do commercial cakes there, as well a classes, etc.

 

OK...maybe I won't use it.  icon_sad.gif  I'm not going to take it back (it'll cost me the $2 I spent on it in gas to go there), but next time I'm in there, I might question them in person.  They have the product on the shelves.

 

Maybe I'll wait until Bulk Barn opens at the end of the month and try there.  I'm in no hurry...it was an experiment.  icon_smile.gif

 

Thanks again, everyone.

post #14 of 25

It should look like Crisco only just A LITTLE off white, not beige...........boy does that look gross.  I would bring it in to show them.  Maybe they don't know how much it's changed if it's in a closed (non see-through) container.   And yours looks awfully loose, it should be nice and solid, even more firm than Crisco.  There's something wrong.

post #15 of 25
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Thanks, Denise.  When I bought the container, there was more than one on the shelf, and they all looked the same.  The containers were clear...you could see the contents through the lids.

 

Funnily (is that a word?), when I first went into the store, I was looking for it in the area where they display their packages and containers of edibles (fondant, gumpaste, etc), and walked right by it because I was looking for something white.  When I asked, the clerk went right to where they were sitting and gave me one of the containers.  The reason I had missed it was because of how it looked...not what I had expected.

 

I guess I should have questioned it right then, but not ever having seen it before, I thought "well, they're the experts...", and took it at face value.  The fact that I was told on the phone that they themselves use it made me second-guess my doubts as well.  However, all the comments on this thread have certainly made me not want to use it.

 

I'm going to wait until I can buy some elsewhere (in a small quantity).  Like I said...it's not crutial.  I just wanted to try it because of all the positive comments on this site about it's superior quality for ABC.

 

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