Measuring Shortening (Crisco)

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.


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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?

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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.

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September 10, 2009

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

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