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i have a good number of recipes that ask for shortening is there a substitute? i found something online which says to mix 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup margarine for each cup of shortening.. does this work? are there any other substitutes out there? i'd like to make the recipe as healthy as possible...

thanks for your help!

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  1. I use butter and shortening interchangeably for a basic pie crust, but haven't tried the substitution for anything complicated.

    Shortening creates a lighter, fluffier crust, but I only use the kind without hydrogenated fats (Crisco makes one now, and Whole Foods has only products without hydrogenated fats).

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    1. re: nooodles

      thanks. i've never used shortening in anything and didn't realize they make shortening without hydrogenated fats.. good to know.

      1. re: ivie

        If you can get it and don't need a veg product, good lard is always nice (not the hydrogenated supermarket stuff, though.) What the veg oil industry propaganda doesn't tell you is that unprocessed lard is half monounsaturated fat and as long it's not the mainstay fat in your diet, far from a health nightmare.

      2. re: nooodles

        mono- and diglycerides are transfats by another name.

      3. Are you worried about transfats? If you are, I've used the organic shortening by Spectrum with good results.

        If you would rather not use shortening for some other reason, butter will work as a substitute but the flavor and texture of the finished product will be different. So, for example, many white cake recipes call for shortening and using butter would create a yellowish cake.

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        1. re: Jujubee

          thanks for the info!!

          1. re: Jujubee

            The Spectrum stuff is good.

          2. Crisco now has a transfat free product which I've used and it works fine. Some recipes will change if you use butter instead. I've got recipes handed down from my great-grandmother and a couple of them aren't as good with butter.

            1. Hi ivie I am trying to find out if you can use 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup ob Becel Marg to make a ccup to make cookies