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Substituting Butter or Oil for Shortening

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I am using gluten free Bisquick to make biscuits and it calls for 1/3 cup of shortening. Can I substitute butter or oil instead and if so what would be the equivalent measure?

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Thank you for any info.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

I use butter, oil, or shortening interchangeably, or a combination as long as the total is the same and always get good results.

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July 12, 20110 found this helpful

I am sure you will get acceptable results with butter; but oil may make for flat biscuits. Don't melt the butter, just use it as you would the shortening.

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July 13, 20110 found this helpful

You can but it might change the density and flavor of many original recipes. Switching won't make a huge difference in most recipes but it can mean the difference between a moist or dry cake.

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