Measuring Shortening (Crisco)

September 10, 2009

Bowl of vegetable shortening on a red polka dot napkin.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.


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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?

Thank you.


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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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December 4, 20170 found this helpful
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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.


September 10, 2009

Before you measure your Crisco or other shortening you should rinse your measuring cup with cold water.

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