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Kitchen Dictionary: shortening

A solid fat made from vegetable oils, such as soybean and cottonseed oil, which have been hydrogenated to create a solid. This process creates trans fatty acids which turns polyunsaturated fats into saturated fats. Vegetable shortening is virtually flavorless, and is used to make baked goods light and flaky. Crisco is a popular brand of vegetable shortening.


Season: available year-round

How to store: At room temperature for up to a year.

Substitutions: copha, lard, butter, margarine

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All-Purpose Easy Shortening Pie Dough

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 tbsp
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 113
Calories from Fat 115 (101%)
Total Fat 12.8g 19%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 0.0g 0%

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