Shortening - How To Translate?

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BlueP Posted 14 Dec 2008 , 8:24pm
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Hello from Croatia! Please advise what is the difference between butter and shortening? It is quite confusing in recipes..thanks

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bisbqueenb Posted 14 Dec 2008 , 9:35pm
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Welcome to the group!

Butter is a dairy product and shortening is a vegetable product. Butter is more likely to be soft at room temperature and usually requires refrigeration for longer shelf life. Shortening, depending on the kind, is a more solid product that does not require refrigeration and is made out of a lot of different vegetable products.

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Frankyola Posted 14 Dec 2008 , 10:05pm
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Welcome to the BEST WEBSITE EVER Bluep. (In my opinion)

What busbqueenb said it is totally right, she gave you a really good description about shortening and butter thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif , what I can add to add to that it is htat Butter has more watter than shortening, 1 cup of crisco (shortening) + 6 teaspoon of watter = 1 cup of butter or margarine.. acording to the crisco shortening brand.

I hope this can help you. thumbs_up.gif

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BlueP Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 7:19pm
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Thanks girls! icon_smile.gif

unfortunately we dont have crisco (not under that name) in our stores, but if i mix something between vegetable fat and normal butter, maybe it will come out ok.

this website rules, it is indeed higly adictiveicon_smile.gif))

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JanH Posted 17 Dec 2008 , 4:57pm
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Hi and Welcome to CC, BlueP. icon_smile.gif

Decoding CC acronyms:

Defining "shortening" as used in baking:


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liapsim Posted 17 Dec 2008 , 5:12pm
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So you know as well, butter has a yellow tint, while shortening is white. So if you are making buttercream icing....people usually prefer it white, unless you are needing to color it....Good luck!

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