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Substituting Oil for Shortening in Recipes

September 14, 2010

What is the ratio for shortening to oil?

By margaret clauson

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September 16, 20105 found this helpful
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1 cup shortening, solid (used in baking) = 1 & 1/8 cup butter. Reduce salt in recipe by 1/2

1 cup shortening, melted = 1 cup cooking oil

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September 16, 20102 found this helpful
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I never knew there was a 'ratio' in this. I am 68, I used veg oil for everything, amounts the same. A cup of one meant a cup of the other.

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September 20, 20101 found this helpful
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In some cases the substitution is not wise. Shortening is solid at room temp. Oil is not. The difference would be in the texture after cooking. Butter and shortening would be almost the same but some foods would be of a heavier texture when cooked with shortening than with oil.

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September 3, 2010

Can I substitute cooking oil for shortening in oatmeal cookies?

By Nana from Rio Rancho, NM

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September 4, 20101 found this helpful
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No! No! No! No! No! When a recipe calls for shortening, it has to be the solid stuff. I made this mistake once and really had a mess. So definitely use shortening if that's what the recipe calls for.

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful
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Cookie dough made with cooking oil will usually be softer and spread out more in the oven than when made with shortening. You can replace the shortening with butter.

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September 7, 20101 found this helpful
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I am 68 with 5 children, plus grandkids, etc. I did my share of cooking and baking. I have heard you cannot substitute these items. But sorry, if a recipe said butter, lard/shortening, oil, I used oil for them all and don't recall any problems in how things turned out.

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October 14, 20112 found this helpful
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I just made a banana cake and substituted 1/2 cup vegetable oil for 1/2 cup shortening. Plus I added 3 eggs instead of 2 to help keep the cake solid and it baked perfectly and is super moist. I think "Knitter" is experienced and on the mark when she says she's substituted oil for shortening in her cooking career.
Thanks "Knitter"

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April 7, 2011

How do I convert 3/4 cup shortening to oil?

By glenna

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April 7, 20110 found this helpful

I believe they would substitute the same, as far as measure; BUT you won't necessarily get the same result with whatever you're cooking! Certainly worth a try, unless you need to be sure your food comes out PERFECT for some reason. If you're baking, it might be flat or otherwise wonky...

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April 8, 20112 found this helpful

To substitute shortening with oil is a 3 (oil) to 4 (shortening) ratio. Since the recipe asks for 3/4 cup shortening you will need 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of oil. Please note that using oil instead of the shortening called for in a recipe in baking items such as cakes, cookies or pastries will cause the items to be more dense (less fluffy).

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Anonymous
October 17, 20150 found this helpful

how many ounce of shortening is 1 cup

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January 23, 20190 found this helpful

8 oz

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April 6, 20200 found this helpful

How to convert 1/2 cup shortening to oil

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October 11, 2019

What amount of canola cooking oil would I use instead of 1/4 c. shortening?

Pls help.


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October 11, 20191 found this helpful

I would use the same amount.

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October 11, 20190 found this helpful

These to oils would measure the same, no difference!

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October 13, 20190 found this helpful

If you are using oil, butter or even shorening in a recipe you will use the same amount. There is no difference in this at all.

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