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Old 12-10-2010, 01:09 PM   #1
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Substitute for Lard or Shortening?

I have a bread recipe calling for shortening. I do not usually cook with it.
Is there a suitable sub?


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Old 12-10-2010, 01:23 PM   #2
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Old 12-10-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
For bread, that should work. For lots of other things you need to make adaptations, since butter is only 80% fat.

Lard is 100% fat, so it would work, but the flavour would be different.
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:00 PM   #4
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The best is butter but, if there's no butter available. Try replacing with palm oil even if I haven't tried it. Maybe it may work also but I'm sure there will a big difference. :D
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:09 AM   #5
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Butter worked fine. Thanks!
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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If you want to elminate the saturated fat, which butter, shortening, and lard contain, just give plain old vegetable oil a try. It sure can't hurt anything just giving it a try.

A while back my wife decided that she wanted to make some tamales from scratch. Well all the recipes we could find called for lard. She didn't want to use lard, so she just used canola oil instead. We weren't sure how it would work, but the tamales came out fine and tasted great! So, just because a recipe calls for a certain ingredient, don't be afraid to experiment a bit. If it doesn't work, then just mark it up to experience.

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