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#1 Wed 15 Aug 07 6:02pm

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
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Vegetable shortening?

When a No.American recipe calls for veg shortening, does it mean those blocks of "lard-like" (yes, I know that lard comes from beef) such as Crisco?

Can I safely substitute canola oil instead of buying something I won't use again?

Btw, the recipe is for dog biscuits.

Thanks heaps!


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#2 Wed 15 Aug 07 6:53pm

Garou

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

I think the closest substitute you might find is lard, actually. Though you may think lard is unhealthy, but I'm sure its better by far than Crisco (ie the stuff that you can leave on the counter for years and NOTHING touches).

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#3 Wed 15 Aug 07 6:59pm

mummza

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Yes Maree ...as far as I know it is crisco is vegetable shortning.
In the UK you can buy Trex.. a solid vegetable fat .. which is a similar product.

I am not too sure if you can use a canola oil instead , or how the quantities would equate.
I suppose that it eould depend on the amouts used and if you were using flour.
i know that when we  make bread we always use sunflower oil instead of butter of lard.

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#4 Wed 15 Aug 07 7:12pm

SusanneH

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Crisco is the best known brand of shortening.

Problem with using oil might be that it is liquid. In most baking recipes you can use lard or margarine. Shortening is often used in recipes that traditionally had contained lard in times past. The taste is probably different, but I assume the texture of the result to be the same.

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#5 Wed 15 Aug 07 7:15pm

Maree

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From Newcastle, Australia
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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Thank you both for your responses. 

The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of veg shortening. Since it is biscuits, it has flour. Might try substituting 60ml canola oil for the solid fat (which will migrate to the back of the fridge never to be found again!).

Thanks, again smile


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#6 Wed 15 Aug 07 7:43pm

SonomaEddie

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Crisco now comes with 0 trans fat.  Just in case anyone was wondering.
Eddie

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#7 Wed 15 Aug 07 10:19pm

SusanneH

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

What is trans fat?

(Sorry, I thought I knew quite a bit about nutrition, but I think I never heard this. Maybe I know it under the German term whatever that is...)

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#8 Thu 16 Aug 07 12:10am

Eilen

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Hi Maree, would you mind posting the recipe?  It's just that I would be wary of a recipe for dog biscuits that uses shortening.  It's not at all a healthy fat, you'd be better off finding lard than using Crisco.

And I'm sure you know this, but most dog biscuits use canola oil for the fat.  I don't see any problem substituting this; it's a bit more healthy, and dogs don't really care about texture anyway. smile

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#9 Thu 16 Aug 07 1:23am

Garou

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Trans fats are fats created artificially by partially hydrogenating unsaturated fats. This makes them have a higher shelf life and a higher melting point (Think margarine as an example).

Trans fats has no nutritional benefit to human health and research has in fact shown them to be detrimental.

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#10 Thu 16 Aug 07 7:00am

Maree

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Re: Vegetable shortening?

Checking the recipes I used when I first started the business, the call for 1-2tabs of canola oil. That's for a batch of 100-110.

This new book calls for 1/4cup veg shortening for much the same yield. Think I'd better go buy some of the veg shortening.

Thanks for your help smile


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