How Many Cups Of Shortening Are In One Pound?

Decorating By sweettreat101 Updated 5 Aug 2014 , 8:01pm by sweettreat101

sweettreat101 Posted 4 Aug 2014 , 11:10pm
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I need to purchase frosting shortening and the lady at the cake store wasn't sure how many cups of shortening are in a one pound tub. I use 1 1/2 cups per batch of butter cream and I thought there was almost enough for another batch minus about 1/2 cup. TIA

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enga Posted 4 Aug 2014 , 11:46pm
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Lol, you pretty much answered your own question, there are two cups in a pound which is 16 oz. So after you make a batch you would be left with a half of a cup

MimiFix Posted 4 Aug 2014 , 11:49pm
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 2 cups shortening = one pound

Elaine2581 Posted 4 Aug 2014 , 11:50pm
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AI recently purchased a 3 lb. container of Hi Ratio shortening and was able to measure out about 7 1/2 cups packing it as much as I was able each time I measured.

MimiFix Posted 4 Aug 2014 , 11:59pm
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Brands of shortening yield different amounts. Fats are typically 2 cups = one pound, so I've found it safe to use that ratio for all brands of shortening.

sweettreat101 Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 8:18am
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By saying minus a half a cup that would mean three cups being short 1/2 cup. Solids don't measure the same as liquids that's why I was asking. Thank you.

sweettreat101 Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 8:23am
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Elaine that's what I thought your measurements sound right. I just remember when making a second batch of icing having to scrounge up about a half cup of hi ratio from another container. Thank you.

enga Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 6:12pm
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Oh well, glad you figured it out. This is one of the reasons I always use a scale. :roll:

MimiFix Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 6:27pm
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My mom used an unusual measuring method. If she needed half a cup, she'd put 1/2 cup water into a measuring cup and then added shortening until the water reached the 1 cup line.


But still, it's more accurate and less messy if you measure by weight. Especially when working with an ingredient like shortening.

MBalaska Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 6:46pm
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Weigh, weigh, weigh.............for accuracy and consistency.

Start converting your recipes to grams or ounces and you'll make life much better for yourself.

sweettreat101 Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 6:54pm
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Thank you everyone.

cakegrandma Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 7:25pm
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1 cup of shortening weighs 6.50 ounces. I always weigh it out rather than measure, much easier so if you take 16 ounces divided by 6.5 a pound of shortening equals 2.46 cups. like I said, much easier to weigh it out and not as messy as trying to put it in a cup and then get it out.

sweettreat101 Posted 5 Aug 2014 , 8:01pm
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Thank you cakegrandma

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