Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Colorado Mountains
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Both Virgin and Expeller pressed coconut oil (which is solid like shortening if it's cool enough in your kitchen). Works great for me. No trans fats and lots of other goodies....
I sometimes use butter, but butter has more moisture in it than most 'shortenings' and can affect your pastry cooking (pie crusts, etc)...so it depends on what I'm making.
Sometimes I just use grapeseed oil, even for things that call for soft or melted shortening (pancakes, tortillas, etc).