What is Shortening?

What is shortening? It is listed in a waffle recipe.

By Sevesh from South Africa

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

It would be similar to lard, but from what I was taught many years ago when I was a kid, it is healthier. One brand available in the US is Crisco. I don't know how to explain it any different. I'm sure you have something like it where you live. I wouldn't subsitute lard for the shortening though, because lard is greasier.

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

This article mentions something in South Africa called 'Holsom' as a substitute:

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http://bakingbi  t-is-shortening/

a bit about Holsom here: http://www.theb  -puff-pasty.html

Most waffle recipes I know of use either vegt oil or melted butter and some use buttermilk. I don't think I have seen one that uses shortening.

Edit: oops, I just found one that does: http://southern  s/r/bl30201v.htm

I would think you could substitute melted butter or vegt oil in place of the shortening if they call for melted shortening like this recipe.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

Actually now they are saying shortening is not healthy. I haven't used it in years. You can use oil or butter, they will be just as good. Hardly any recipes these days call for shortening but the old ones do.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

It's hydrogenated vegetable oil. This stuff seals the cells so they can't respirate or get rid of toxins. Causes cellular damage, that can lead to all of the really bad & no so bad diseases. They say you can use virgin or extra-virgin coconut oil. I haven't tried it, but it's good for you.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

Shortening is a type of man made solid grease. If you render the fat from an animal, you get solid grease called lard. Lard was used for years but shortening does not have the strong taste like lard. I've used it in recipes for almost 80 years.

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful

Crisco is vegetable based and used in recipes instead of animal fat. Some recipes just need the old fashioned taste though. Bacon grease is still the best to make corn bread like mom and grandma made. Just don't make it every day, use common sense. Also Crisco in a small amount is a wonderful moisturizer for face and hands. GG Vi

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful

You must be very young! But do stay away from it. Use it very infrequently. It's an artery clogger!!

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May 15, 20100 found this helpful

Like they said, the solid form of animal fat. As an alternative, use coconut oil. It's not for everything, just when the recipe calls for shortening.

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