The Quick Tip for Using Shortening

When a recipe calls for shortening, that can mean greasy measuring cups that are hard to clean out. At least that’s what it used to for me. 

Until I discovered this quick tip for using shortening. This is a real time saver because you don’t have to cram the shortening into a measuring cup, plus it saves you the hassle of washing the greasy cups out. 

This was like the softening butter tip  I shared; so easy, I wondered why I didn’t think of it long ago!

This quick tip for using shortening (Crisco) when cooking or baking will save you time and the hassle of extra dishes to wash!

Use a kitchen scale.

Simply put the shortening can lid onto the scale, zero out the number, and add the shortening with a spoon until you have what you need. 

1 cup of shortening = 6 ounces or 205 grams.

Now you only have to clean the spoon. How easy is that?!


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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. April Decheine says:

    Awesome what a great tip!

  2. great easy tip – thanks for sharing!
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  3. What a simple and great idea! Would have never thought of this! I always get mine stuck in a measuring cup!
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    • Yes, same here! I always hated scraping it in and never being sure I got the full amount – you know how shortening is! This is a million times easier!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing. Great tip!

  5. I pinned AND stumbled..fantastic!! Thanks!
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  6. Thanks for the great tip!
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  7. Thanks for sharing. I am all about simple tips for the kitchen!
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  8. That is awesome!!!

  9. LOVE this tip! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve avoided recipes that use shortening simply because of the measuring mess. Now I’m off to create a chart to put in my recipe book that tells how much 1/2 cup of shortening weighs, 1/4 cup, 1/8 cup, etc.
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    • I know – me too! I always dreaded recipes with shortening for this reason and when I read this it was a like a lightbulb went off! I have a measurements chart for all sorts of things that I printed out and have on my fridge – love it!
      Thanks for commenting! :)

  10. Kathy Idol says:

    Super tip! I have always hated this part of cooking, so messy! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is brilliant. I hate the mess of measuring shortening

  12. Great tip. Thank you. Another Pinterest note.

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