What is vegstable shortening?
One tablespoon of solid shortening weighs 13 grams (from label). There are 16 tablespoons in one cup, so 13 x 16 = 208 grams. One-half cup of shortening weighs 104 grams. One-third cup of shortening weighs 69 grams. One-fourth cup of shortening weighs 52 grams. This is the easiest way to weigh shortening. Just be sure to zero out the scale before adding shortening to the cup or bowl.
A pastry blender is used to cut shortening into the flour mixture for flaky pastry. To get the flakiest pastry, it's important not to mix the shortening and the flour together but to layer them, that's what makes the flakes. To accomplish this, the shortening should be solid shortening and be ice cold while you work with it because if the shortening warms, it will soak into the flour before flakes can be formed. Some…
You can safely substitute liquid oil for solid shortening in baking ONLY if the recipe calls for the shortening to be melted first. You can substitute butter or margarine for shortening ( 1 cup + 2 Tbsp for each cup of shortening). You can also substitute 1/2 cup applesauce or prune puree for each cup of shortening.