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Old 02-25-2006, 09:10 PM   #11
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I have quite a few recipes that call for lard and I've always replaced with Crisco. I have not tried the butter flavored, that might be good for biscuits. :-)
LeeAnn, it's also wonderful for piecrust.
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:22 PM   #12
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My grandmothers always used Crisco for their buttermilk biscuits. But I'm sure for them it was a modern day convenience food. They both grew up on farms in the South and had to render lard when they were young girls.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:21 AM   #13
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I have heard that Crisco is now considered to be bad for you - something to do with transfats. I have also heard they are changing the formula. Have they done this yet? Is Crisco still unhealthy?
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:35 AM   #14
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Crisco and Lard are interchangeable as far as cooking properties are concerned. Lard will give ou a flakier and crisper product, with a bit more flavor. Crisco is not more healthy, just differently unhealthy.
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Old 03-30-2006, 10:29 AM   #15
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I saw Ina Gartner using Crisco for a piecrust the other day, and she keeps it refrigerated, so it's nice and cold. Excellent idea, I think.
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Old 03-30-2006, 12:56 PM   #16
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I I have also heard they are changing the formula. Have they done this yet? ?

Really? I never heard about that.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:12 PM   #17
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I use butter in biscuits and 1 C buttermilk. I also make them with only 2T of butter, 1/3 C buttermilk and 2/3 C cream. Try to keep on the damp side. A bit trickier to handle but makes a better biscuit. Very good with homemade strawberry jam and a dollap of whipped cream.
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Old 03-30-2006, 04:15 PM   #18
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lard vs crisco

i too think crisco is fine

here is a fun link on crisco's rise (and fall?) The Rise and Fall of Crisco - The story of how Procter & Gamble successfully demonized lard
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Please read the above link regarding the rise and fall of crisco. For your own health and the health of the people we so lovingly cook for, do not use crisco, margarine, hydrogenated fats, including hydrogentated peanut butters, anything made with cotton seed oil, palm oil, coconut oil. These products are very harmful to our health. Trans fats, artifically hydrogenated saturated products are not good for humans. Please read up on these fats and make your own decisions.

Fats that are okay are butter, olive oil, unsaturated oils, even lard. Lard has a high mono-unsaturated level which is good.

Personally, I use butter, olive oil, and canola oil. I use lard only because I have access to some freshly rendered stuff, not the commercial product.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:18 PM   #20
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Lard has a high mono-unsaturated level which is good.

Personally, I use butter, olive oil, and canola oil. I use lard only because I have access to some freshly rendered stuff, not the commercial product.
I didn't know that about Lard.. I thought it was a BAD product to use.. worse the Crisco....... soo what do you use for your pie crusts then?
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