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Curious about shortening [message #785535] Sat, 24 August 2013 09:42 Go to next message
SkiGirl
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shortening poll[ 20 vote(s) ]
1.Always 2 / 10%
2.Never 13 / 65%
3.Sometimes 1 / 5%
4.what on earth do you mean? 4 / 20%

Each time I measure shortening, I wonder about this.
How many of you, by choice ie. not in school, measure shortening by displacement?

Re: Curious about shortening [message #785537 is a reply to message #785535 ] Sat, 24 August 2013 10:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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If I'm going to use honey or molasses in the recipe, I just pack the shortening into the cup when I measure it. I'm left with a greasy cup, and the sticky stuff will pour out completely when I measure it.

I got a gizmo from Pampered Chef that has a plunger...you set it for the amount you need, pack the cup full, and push it out with the plunger. That works pretty well.

Before I got that gizmo, I always used displacement to measure shortening.

Frankly, I rarely use shortening anymore except in some of the old cookie recipes I have (which I rarely make, since it's only dh and me...and we could eat an entire batch of cookies in one sitting! Embarassed ...not so good!) I don't think shortening is very healthy, and prefer real butter if I can. (Once in awhile, I'll make pie, though...but usually I am lazy and buy a prepared pie crust instead of making my own with shortening).


Lisa T.
Re: Curious about shortening [message #785538 is a reply to message #785535 ] Sat, 24 August 2013 10:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
SkiGirl
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I have one of those, but the cleaning is a pain so I just use a measuring cup.

I don't buy cookies so I try to bake now and then. Ds can't have dairy so I use shortening and the dreaded margarine. Laughing

I don't think I've ever used displacement. It seemed messy .
Re: Curious about shortening [message #785539 is a reply to message #785535 ] Sat, 24 August 2013 11:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bonnie  is currently offline Bonnie
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When I use shortening I do use displacement, but I think I have bought 3 cans of shortening in my entire married life. I just don't use it - even for pie crusts and biscuits.


Bonnie
Re: Curious about shortening [message #785546 is a reply to message #785535 ] Sat, 24 August 2013 12:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I use shortening every time I make icing (several times a year). I don't use displacement because the little bit of water that sticks to the shortening can mess with the consistency of the icing. Instead I rinse the cup in hot water first. Then, the shortening doesn't stick as much, but not as much water gets on the shortening, either.


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Re: Curious about shortening [message #785549 is a reply to message #785535 ] Sat, 24 August 2013 14:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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And I just remembered (which shows you how infrequently I use shortening!) that it comes now in sticks like butter so you can just cut off the amount you need. That's by far the simplest way to measure it!


Lisa T.
Re: Curious about shortening [message #785552 is a reply to message #785549 ] Sat, 24 August 2013 16:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
LauraBeth  is currently offline LauraBeth
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I don't EVER use shortening. I use butter or oil of some sort instead, depending on what the recipe is. It's probably irrational, since all of those are fats that could potentially be bad for you, but if I know that something was made with shortening, I just CAN'T eat it--I feel like I can feel my arteries hardening as I eat. Can't do it.
Re: Curious about shortening [message #785584 is a reply to message #785552 ] Sun, 25 August 2013 14:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michele (Queen of Cheap)  is currently offline Michele (Queen of Cheap)
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I put #4 because I never use shortening Very Happy


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(aka Shelly the Swamp Frog)

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Re: Curious about shortening [message #785751 is a reply to message #785584 ] Wed, 28 August 2013 10:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mairi  is currently offline Mairi
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Michele (Queen of Cheap) wrote on Sun, 25 August 2013 14:28

I put #4 because I never use shortening Very Happy


I am the same as Michele.


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Re: Curious about shortening [message #785825 is a reply to message #785535 ] Thu, 29 August 2013 12:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
MicheleB  is currently offline MicheleB
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What is displacement??


Michele
Re: Curious about shortening [message #785836 is a reply to message #785825 ] Thu, 29 August 2013 16:03 Go to previous message
Christinam  is currently offline Christinam
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MicheleB wrote on Thu, 29 August 2013 12:57

What is displacement??


I feel better that I'm not the only one that doesn't know about displacement. I actually googled it.
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