Before you measure your Crisco or other shortening you should rinse your measuring cup with cold water. Pack shortening into the wet cup and it will slide right out in one piece instead of sticking to the cup!
If you need a half cup of shortening, fill the measuring cup with a half cup of water. Then add shortening until the water level is at one cup. Pour off the water, and add the shortening to your recipe. This works for any amount of shortening. You will need a measuring cup bigger than the one cup size to measure more than half a cup of shortening. (04/22/2005)
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