Silly Crisco Question - How Many Cups In A 1Lb Can??

Decorating By Mrs-A Updated 6 Jan 2010 , 6:01pm by cookiemama2

Mrs-A Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 11:00pm
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hi all... so im looking at some receipes and they state 1 cup of crisco but we dont have Crisco down here but i can get it via a USA food store in another state and they sell it in 1, 3 or 6lbs cans

so can you give me a general idea of how many cups of crisco is in a 1lb can? also if i have left over crisco is it something i can freeze? is it perishable?

thanks

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suzylynn58 Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 11:08pm
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According to this website, one cup of Crisco weighs 6 oz, so a little more than 2 1/2 cup per pound.

http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/ButtercreamIcing.htm

I'm not sure about freezing shortening, but it stays well at room temp for a few months. It does eventually get rancid.

Hope this helps!

Susan

cookiemama2 Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 11:11pm
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We get it in 1 lb blocks like butter and there is 2 cups in a block.

Mrs-A Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 11:12pm
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thank you! we also dont use pounds or oz down down here so everything is a learning curve for me

Kiddiekakes Posted 5 Jan 2010 , 11:16pm
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Okay here you can buy Crisco in a 1lb block which is 2 cups.They also sell the in the 1.36kg tub (3lbs)which would be equal to 6 cups and a bit!

BlakesCakes Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 2:59am
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If you are using 1 cup, then you are talking about VOLUME, not weight.

You can put lots of things in a 1c. measure that won't weigh anywhere near 8 ounces............feathers, nuts, etc.

A cup of shortening weighs about 6-7 ounces, depending on the brand--Crisco cites that 1 c. weighs 6 ounces, so there are 2.5 cups in 1lb. My hi-ratio Sweetex weighs 7 ounces to the cup.

HTH
Rae

indydebi Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 3:05am
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I have a 1lb can in my cabinet. (Daughter laughs at it because it's so small!) So I just went out and pulled it.

On the Nutrition Label, it shows a serving size is 1 Tablespoon and there are 38 servings in the can.

There are 16 Tablespoons in a cup (ref: http://www.crossmier.com/PersonalArea/convert.html ) so a 1 lb can of crisco = 2 cups.

Mensch Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:38am
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Sixteen tablespoons is volume, not weight. As some others have said, one cup of Crisco weighs 6-8 ounces, NOT eight ounces, like butter. They are two completely different fats with different properties and weight.

Mrs-A Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 8:47am
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thanks everyone!!! i bought 2 x 1lb cans to try them out... having never seen it before im getting interested to see what exactly it is

it would be so much easier if we all had the same stuff and spoke the same way.

you guys say powdered sugar, we say icing sugar. you say parchment, we say baking paper and im wondering if your crisco is what we call copha.... gets a bit confusing icon_biggrin.gif

Mrs-A Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 9:28am
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ummmmm... i didnt believe until i just saw it but....

down here if youre an adult wishing to puchase adult toys, there is an aussie store called the toolshed

and they stock crisco!

of course the mind boggles at what someone would be buying crisco for at an adult onlys toys shop... especially at $13.95 per pound!

Bunsen Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 11:31am
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Originally Posted by Mrs-A

ummmmm... i didnt believe until i just saw it but....

down here if youre an adult wishing to puchase adult toys, there is an aussie store called the toolshed

and they stock crisco!

of course the mind boggles at what someone would be buying crisco for at an adult onlys toys shop... especially at $13.95 per pound!




LOL - I'm pretty sure in that situation you could substitute copha icon_biggrin.gif

I have also seen it for sale in David Jones and Sugar Fix in the city, not sure how their prices compare tho.

aizuodangao Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 11:43am
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Originally Posted by Bunsen

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrs-A

ummmmm... i didnt believe until i just saw it but....

down here if youre an adult wishing to puchase adult toys, there is an aussie store called the toolshed

and they stock crisco!

of course the mind boggles at what someone would be buying crisco for at an adult onlys toys shop... especially at $13.95 per pound!



LOL - I'm pretty sure in that situation you could substitute copha icon_biggrin.gif

I have also seen it for sale in David Jones and Sugar Fix in the city, not sure how their prices compare tho.





hi bunsen. I am in Sydney too. i went to a cake decorating course recently and was also told that I can get crisco at a sex shop. LOL. great to know that it is on sale at Dj and sugar fix (not sure where this is but will google). thanks for the info

JanH Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 12:03pm
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Can you get Trex or Flora White?

While Copha is a vegetable shortening, I don't know that it contains the emulsifiers that Crisco has which make it suitable for frosting.

aizuodangao Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 12:24pm
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copha
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/copha.htm

found this on the net about copha and crisco.

Hope this helps

indydebi Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 1:37pm
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Originally Posted by Mensch

Sixteen tablespoons is volume, not weight. As some others have said, one cup of Crisco weighs 6-8 ounces, NOT eight ounces, like butter. They are two completely different fats with different properties and weight.




But I measure my ingredients by volume. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of crisco, I would measure a measuring cup of crisco .... volume measurment.

Is there a trick to knowing if the recipe means volume or weight? icon_confused.gif

artscallion Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 2:37pm
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Indy, The theory in your initial post was correct. You were using all volume measurements to determine the volume in a known weight. It's just your math that was off. 38 divided by 16 = 2.38, not 2. So there are 2.38 cups in your 1 lb can of Crisco. Each cup weighing 6.72 oz. (divide the total ounces in a lb - 16 by the number of cups - 2.38 )

I almost always use weights when measuring ingredients, because I find it easier and more accurate, guaranteeing consistent results. But you have to know the conversion factor of volume to weight for each ingredient because they differ. For instance, 1 cup of powdered sugar weighs about 4 oz, while 1 cup of flour is closer to 5 oz.

For those of you who don't weigh ingredients, here's an example of the benefit of weighing over measuring...
You put the mixing bowl on the scale before you turn the scale on, so it won't include the bowl's weight. Then pour or spoon in your 10 oz of flour. Press the reset button on the scale so it now won't include the weight of the bowl OR the flour, pour in in 4 oz of white sugar, repeat with your brown sugar, your oats, etc until your done. No measuring cups to clean or wipe between ingredients, and you're sure that the recipe is exactly the same every time you make it. Imagine, no more washing out that measuring cup covered in Crisco. just spoon in 6.72 oz, wipe and wash the spoon.

Consistency is so important in a professional business. If a person buys your cake once and loves it, comes back a month later and buys the same cake. This time it's still good, but a little heavier (your flour was more compacted when you scooped it. The next moth it's light again, but a little on the dry side...I guarantee this person will stop buying your cakes.

indydebi Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 4:41pm
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arts, you are so right! I blinked on the math! icon_redface.gificon_cry.gif Thanks for pointing that out! thumbs_up.gif

cookiemama2 Posted 6 Jan 2010 , 6:01pm
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You know i just looked at the measuring guide on my crisco box and there is 2 cups and 1/3 marked on the guide!!!
I've never noticed that before...I just cut the block in half and call it a cup just as I do with butter! Yikes!

I took a cooking class a few months ago and the woman made a blueberry crisp and used coconut oil in the topping. I had never heard of it before...its solid like crisco smells like coconut, tastes fantastic. I haven't seen it in my grocery store but we have a Bulk Barn close and they sell it. She said it was available in health food stores. I haven't bought it yet but I think the jar must hold apx. 2 cups!!! Not that I know what a cup is any more! And it cost about $8.00.

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