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#1 Old 10-14-2010, 05:55 PM
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im taking cake decorating classes, and just wondered if there was a healthier version to vegtable shortening. i asked about butter (vegan) but teacher says its possible, but it would have to be eaten that day.
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#2 Old 10-14-2010, 06:21 PM
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You can get hon-hydrogenated shortening. Don't know if that would work in your frosting, but I think it would be worth a try. It is the hydrogenation that makes trans fats.
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You can get hon-hydrogenated shortening. Don't know if that would work in your frosting, but I think it would be worth a try. It is the hydrogenation that makes trans fats.

thanks. i will try that.
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Earth Balance makes a non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening. It's the best I've used. Spectrum also makes one, though it's in a tub. Crisco is vegetable shortening and they call themselves trans fat free but still have partially hydrogenated on the label. Crisco is also nasty, however, so I wouldn't recommend it in frosting.

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Earth Balance makes a non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening. It's the best I've used. Spectrum also makes one, though it's in a tub. Crisco is vegetable shortening and they call themselves trans fat free but still have partially hydrogenated on the label. Crisco is also nasty, however, so I wouldn't recommend it in frosting.

thanks so much. i will look for those brands. i've been using crisco. and i have to find something better than that.
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#6 Old 10-19-2010, 02:38 PM
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Depending on what recipe you are using the shortening in, you can use 100% coconut oil. I've used coconut oil in cookies and muffins with much success. If you are making icing, though, you have to cook the coconut oil slightly or it doesn't work quite right.
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