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Measuring Shortening

Cooking tips for the caring cook.


  • Dip the measuring cup to be used for measuring shortening into water first and the shortening won't stick to the cup. Applying this tip, your shortening will come out in one piece.
  • Some people also say spraying the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray works, too but we haven't tried this one for shortening yet. Although that works great for peanut butter, so it probably would work.
  • Lastly, you can just buy shortening in stick form, like butter, and cut off what you need - no measuring! (But never a good idea to replace shortening with butter.)
  • For mess-free measuring of peanut butter or solid shortening, line your measuring cup with plastic wrap and form it to the inside of the cup. Measure the required amount in the cup, then just lift the edges of the wrap and dump the ingredient into the mixing bowl.

Measuring cup

Extra Shortening Tips

  • To keep your hands clean while greasing a baking pan, place your hand inside a plastic sandwich bag before dipping it into the can of shortening. The pliable bag greases the surface more easily than a piece of waxed paper.

Other Sticky Substances

To keep sticky ingredients like molasses and corn syrup from sticking to the measuring cup, lightly oil the inside of measuring cup before measuring.

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