Are there any substitutes for Shortening?

  • I was specifically thinking about the Crisco shortening that is used in baking.

  • hobodave

    hobodave Correct answer

    10 years ago

    You can use any neutral flavored oil, such as vegetable or canola oil. You can also use butter, but you may have to adjust for the amount of water present in the butter (about 20%), unless you're using clarified butter which is a 1:1 substitution.

    Sir I believe you need to clarify your butter!

    Butter, yes - vegetable or canola oil, not so much because they are liquid at room temperature, so when used for baked goods they produce a much different texture. (Compare a cake made with oil vs. butter - both can be good but very different.)

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