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September 10, 2009

When a recipe calls for a measured amount of shortening, use this tip to make measuring easier. If the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of shortening, fill the measuring cup 1/2 full of water then add the shortening until the water level reaches the 1 cup mark. Dump out the water and what you have left is 1/2 cup of shortening. Using water to displace space, saves struggling to pack down your shortening and makes clean-up easier. If you need 1/4 cup, place 3/4 cup of water. Just make sure the total amount of water and shortening, equals 1 cup.

By Sheila Wojtowicz from Sacramento, CA

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October 13, 2009

Tired of trying to clean the margarine or shortening out of the measuring cup after you use it? I am! But I discovered a trick today. If your recipe calls for an egg(s), crack the egg into the measuring cup your going to use for measuring the margarine or shortening. Pour the egg into your mixing bowl, now using the same measuring cup that the egg was in, measure out the margarine or shortening.


You will be surprised at how easily the margarine or shortening comes out leaving behind no greasy gobs of shortening or margarine.

By Heidi from Brazil

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Any idea how to measure 1/2# of Crisco shortening? Or also how to measure it when using the shortening sticks?

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December 4, 20171 found this helpful
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1 cup of shortening or butter will equal 1/2 pound. If you are using sticks. It would be 2 sticks because 1 stick equals 1/2 cup.

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I cant image what you are baking that uses 1/2 pound of crisco as opposed to the usual measurements of tablespoons or cups. But, 1/2 a pound is 8 ounces. A tablespoon of Crisco is 12 grams. You would need 227 grams to equal 8 ounces, so 227/12+18.91. So you would need just a smidgen under 19 tablespoonsfull.


The sticks have measurements going up the side.

Or, you could use a food scale and measure it out.

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October 13, 2009

When measuring Crisco in a measuring tin cup, first break your egg from a recipe in it. Put the egg into the batter and then Crisco into cup, it will not stick to cup now.

By Apeters from Northampton, PA


Use Egg To Keep Crisco From Sticking

Sounds like a good idea! I always measure out my shortening first and then use the same cup for the white sugar. The sugar allows you to scrape most of the shortening out with it. Works with peanut butter too. (10/28/2008)


By TheNamesLisa

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September 10, 2009

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!

By Robin


Measuring Shortening (Crisco)

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)

By Jean

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