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Topic: Hi Ratio Buttercream??
jays mom 02/22/2013 10:58 AM
What is this?? Has something changed and I'm not aware of it??? Probably! lol

dottiepark 02/22/2013 11:10 AM
Hi ratio refers to the trans fats in the shortening used in icing recipes. Most supermarket shortening brands used to contain about 3g trans fats per serving...most have switched to zero trans fats, which may be better for our health but not so good for creamy frosting! Hi ratio shortening is a commercial product with lots of trans fats and wow it makes great icing. It can be expensive and hard to find, but if you search these boards you may find it available near you. I'm in Philadelphia, and last year I mail ordered a 50-pound box of Sweetex and it sits in zip bags in my freezer. It may have cost me $75 to $85. You can buy it in smaller quantities and pay less for shipping.
dottiepark 02/22/2013 11:11 AM
PS: I use hi ratio shortening in Bunnywoman's mock Shack buttercream, a great recipe you'll find in the Recipe section of this board.
cakedujour 02/22/2013 1:11 PM
In addition to the transfats, there are emulsifiers that make the shortening extra special. If you have a Gordon's Food Supply near you, they will place a special order for it. It will come in a 50 pound box and costs in the neighborhood of $60 or so. You have to pick it up from them, but that also saves a hefty bundle of money on shipping charges. It is awesome in buttercream.
ginnyl 02/22/2013 7:02 PM
Makes the best butter cream in the world...and worth the money.