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post #1 of 16
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I know this must be a stupid question. But I had to ask it.

I currently scoop my Hi Ratio shortening with a 1 cup measuring cup. But it is so messy. I have watched Todena (I know I am jacking the spelling of her name) on her You Tube video and she has some sort of extruder contraption she pushes the shortening out into her mixer with.

I am afraid that I am not getting an accurate measurement by doing it with a 1 cup measuring cup. Im not sure if the shortening is going all the way to the bottom, even when I push it down.

Suggestions, Tips are appreciated.

Thanks!
Michael
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post #2 of 16
Have you tried the water displacement method? When you want to measure 1 cup of shortening, use a 2 cup measuring cup; fill with 1 cup of water. Now add shortening until the water comes up to the 2 cup line.
post #3 of 16
What she said ^^^^^ . I tried to log on but for some reason it takes me about a dozen tries before I connect. icon_cry.gif Anyway, the liquid displacement method is what I use and it works very well for me. thumbs_up.gif
post #4 of 16
Awesome tip! Can't believe I've lived this long without ever hearing of it. I always painstakingly pack the shortening into a cup measure, making extra sure to get it all the way to the edges. No more! Thanks!!
post #5 of 16
I tried the extruder type measuring cup, so excited to finally have it since it would be so much easier to use. After a couple times of trying to pack the shortening to not have air spaces (which now you can actually see since the cup is clear) and failing. I was disappointed to see how many air spaces no matter how hard I tried to eliminate them. I went out and bought a reasonably priced scale at Harbor Freight to use for shortening and haven't used the extruder style again. Weighing is the only way I do it now.
post #6 of 16
making extra sure to get it all the way to the edges. No more! Thanks!!Image
post #7 of 16
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Thank you all for the tips!
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post #8 of 16
Like denetteb I too use a scale. Bought one for about $30.00 at Walmart a couple years ago. Lightly lay a piece of Saran Wrap on the platform and spoon your shortening right on the wrap. No cleanup plus accurate measurements = well worth the purchase icon_smile.gif
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post #9 of 16
I just measure with a half cup instead...easier to pack.
post #10 of 16
I weigh my ingredients (pretty much all of them) to cut down on washing measuring cups fifteen times a day. I usually weigh directly into the bowl rather than onto scale then dumping. The tare function is very useful for this!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by 3D-Sweets

I weigh my ingredients (pretty much all of them) to cut down on washing measuring cups fifteen times a day. I usually weigh directly into the bowl rather than onto scale then dumping. The tare function is very useful for this!



This is what I do also. So much easier.
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post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by kimbm04r

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Originally Posted by 3D-Sweets

I weigh my ingredients (pretty much all of them) to cut down on washing measuring cups fifteen times a day. I usually weigh directly into the bowl rather than onto scale then dumping. The tare function is very useful for this!



This is what I do also. So much easier.



I never thought of it before, but that actually would be a lot easier! And I just found this by googling weights because I'm not really familiar with this method, so hopefully this might be useful for anyone that might like to give it a try...

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.
post #13 of 16
I'm totally doing the plastic wrap and scale method! I bought one of those special push cups, too. I had heard so much about them and everyone loves their's. Mine? Ugh! I hate using it and I hate cleaning it. My friend thinks I'm nuts but I'd rather use a regular measuring cup.
post #14 of 16
Yeah, I fell for the push type cup too. Total waste of money!
post #15 of 16
I weigh everything possible, right in the mixing bowl.
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