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When measuring lard, shortening, peanut butter, or other such ingredients, I use the displacement method for easy measuring and clean-up.
For example, if you need a 1/2 cup of lard for your pie crust, fill a one cup measuring cup with 1/2 cup water. Using spoon, add lard, pushing it down under the water with each spoonful, until water level reaches 1 full cup. VOILA! 1/2 cup of lard.
Need one cup? Use a larger measuring cup.
Source: My mom
By HESTER from Chesterfield, MI
When making peanut butter cookies, coat your measuring cup with oil before measuring peanut butter. It will make the cleanup easier.
By Peggy from Glencoe, MN
When measuring peanut butter (or any other kind of sticky ingredient), spray your measuring cup with a non-stick spray like Pam before filling the cup. Fill and take a small spatula to release. Comes out easy and easier to clean!
This is a page about measuring shortening. Measuring shortening can be difficult because it sticks to the measuring cup. Here are some great tips for making it easier to measure shortening.
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Before you pour sticky substance into a measuring cup, fill cup with hot water. Dump the water out, but do not dry. Add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc), and watch how easily it comes right out!
By Lisa Otts from Hernando, MS
That does work! (02/24/2010)
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your sticky ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
By LRP from LOWELL, MASS
If you're baking for the holidays and the recipe calls for molasses, corn syrup, or another thick, sticky ingredient, spray the measuring cup with cooking spray first and it will slide right out.