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Poll: Do You Bake With Shortening?

Do You Bake With Shortening?

This morning, I set the record straight on the baking fat known as shortening. Although it's a nice vegan alternative to butter or lard, a number of you are disgusted with its trans fat content. I can relate to both perspectives — although I recently became enamored with the flaky texture it lends to pie crusts, like the one in traditional apple pie.

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jmorri26 jmorri26 7 years
I get the butter flavored Crisco for certain cookie recipes and pie crusts. Oh, and most traditional buttercreams I made have a ratio of shortening to butter. All this trans-fat business has gotten old. Were your parents or grandparents worried about it? I don't think so. The hysteria will die down. Already has. For certain things, shortening has its purpose and is better.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My mom's family is from the South and they all use Crisco. My dad's family is from Eastern Pennsylvania and had a hog farm and they all use lard. I have tried both and after I found out how bad Crisco is for you, I use lard. It actually tastes better than Crisco and it gives you THE BEST pie crust. Sometimes I use part butter and part lard for better flavor. And while it isn't exactly health food, it's better than chemically hydrogenated stuff in a can.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
deanna024 deanna024 7 years
The lady who taught the pie cooking class we went to last weekend said you can use butter ... but use milk instead of water for the crust recipe. The cold milk gives you a nice, flaky crust. We've used her recipe before and it works! That said, my 93-year-old Grandpa swears by shortening, especially the trans fat-filled ones, for his delicious apple pie. I don't mind eating it, because I only get it every so often.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I haven't used shortening in awhile, but after all this talk about super-flaky pastry, I'm totally going to make a pumpkin pie recipe that uses it!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
If the recipe calls for it, I use it. But mind you, it isnt very often a recipe calls for it.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years So it was first created to make candles, and they didn't change the formula at all when they began to sell it as lard (simply because it looked like lard and electricity was putting the candle businesses out). Most people don't even know whats it made from (Which oils? What processing?) but still use it. *shrugs* As always, my own opinion on it, I just don't get it.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
yes it makes the best pie crust and biscuits ever
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 7 years
I just use butter.
mommie mommie 7 years
I've used fats in different combinations. Usually mix both butter and shortening.
jenrik06 jenrik06 7 years
I absolutely do cook with Crisco! Maybe it's a southern thing. I don't use animal lard like my grandmother-that's just way more gross to me! I use shortening in my biscuit and pie pastry recipes but usually it's normally just a little mixed with cold butter. By the way-If I'm concerned about healthy eating then I'm not eating pies and biscuits! ;D
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I'm not telling myself that pie is healthy in any way, so who cares about more fats? I don't use it a lot, only when a recipe calls for it and I'm too lazy to calculate how I'd substitute.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I don't make pie crusts and I have no problem with Crisco.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I don't know.... if you are cooking with crisco every day then that is gross, but if once a year you use it to make a pie crust? I think you'll live.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I've got to agree with Smacks83 about lard making the best crust. Mom makes a crust that is so tender that it practically explodes flakes with the mere touch of a fork. :feedme:
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
No. I don't bake much but when I do I use butter.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Here's the thing. If you want a flaky pie crust, just use rendered leaf-lard. Thats what Crisco is trying to imitate, so why not just use the real thing? Don't do pork products? There's beef suet or butter. Yes, I've heard the vegan thing, but really, you don't want animal products in your body (thats cool), but you are willing to put up with chemicals and crazy forms of processing?
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