Restaurant FAQs - Baking

Updated:Aug 23,2010

Fats - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (restaurant resources header)

The American Heart Association is in close contact with The Trans Fat Help Center in New York City as it collaborates with the American Institute of Baking and the Hospitality Management Department at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) to identify new products and learn how bakers can use them.  We have put together these frequently asked questions about commercial baking:

I. Working with 0 grams trans fat products

Restaurant FAQs (Baking) I

Fats -  Small "A" IconThis is happening because the shortening is made with palm oil and there’s a solution. Palm is temperature-sensitive, so you may need to store shortening differently than before. In winter, look for a place in your kitchen or storeroom that's a little warmer. A five-degree difference may be enough to solve your problem. In hot weather, use your cooler to get shortening to the desired degree of firmness.

II. Cookies

Restaurant FAQs (Baking) II

Fats -  Small "A" IconThis is happening because the margarine is made with temperature-sensitive palm oil. Take dough out of the cooler in advance, and let it sit at room temperature until it's soft enough to work with.Fats - Cookie Dough (original)


III. Icing/Butter Cream

Restaurant FAQs (Baking) III

Fats -  Small "A" IconThis is a problem that can occur with some palm-based icing shortenings. Fortunately, others are cleaner in flavor and whiter in color. Review our 0 grams trans fat product lists for product suggestions and try a different product. 

IV. Doughnuts

Fats - Small "Q" IconWe're getting a greasy, bitter-tasting result from our new doughnut fry shortening.

Fats -  Small "A" IconMake sure you're frying in fresh oil at the right temperature. Learn how to get the best, most healthful results from your fry shortening. You may also need to switch to a different brand. If you're not successful frying in 100% palm, try a shortening that is lower in palm or palm-free. Check our 0 grams trans fat product lists for product suggestions and try a different product.

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