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A semi-solid fat made from vegetable or meat sources.  Shortening is made by hydrogenating vegetable oil and the resulting product is 100% fat with a lower smoke point than butter or margarine. This makes shortening a good choice for frying.   Shortening can be used as all the fat in baked goods but a combination of 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening provides for good browning and good flavor.  Additionally shortening produces a product with a longer shelf life than pure butter.


Due to health concerns, shortening manufacturers such as Crisco have reformulated their product to reduce the amount of trans-fats which have been know to create health problems. 



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Substitute for shortening

Butter or use 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening


1-lb can   =   2 1/2 cups
20 oz. pkg. = 3 sticks, 1 cup each


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