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#1 of 11 Old 11-12-2009, 12:36 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm making these biscuits tomorrow: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2...ddar-biscuits/. I'd like to sub something for the shortening, but I'm not sure what to use. I have bad luck with coming up with my own substitutions in baking (although, I'll be using ww flour and olive oil in place of ap flour and veggie oil).

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I would just use butter probably. You could freeze it and grate it in since it has a lower melting point than shortening. Lard or suet could work as well.
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My favorite sub for shortening, when I can't find good lard, is Spectrum's Palm shortening.
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Butter, beef fat, or lard.

Remember, shortening was originally a substitute for those three things. So they should work well back the other way.

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I can't have dairy, so I use lard

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Coconut oil!
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My favorite sub for shortening, when I can't find good lard, is Spectrum's Palm shortening.
Shortening has a different melting point than coconut oil, and after using coconut oil again and again and again, and not having my baked stuff turn out quite right, I realized that keeping palm shortening around was a good idea. Butter definitely tastes better--Alton Brown (from the food network) says to use a mix to get the best of flavor and texture.
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I use Spectrum's Palm Shortening.

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I use Spectrum's Palm Shortening.
I use this, too.
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Well boo, I don't have palm shortening (I used to...I'm not sure why I don't keep it anymore!), and I already went to the HFS yesterday.

I don't have lard or beef fat. Does the fat on top of my chicken broth in the fridge count for anything?

I know that butter has a different melting point than shortening, which is why I was hesitant to use it. I'm hesitant about CO for the same reason...

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I use coconut oil instead of shortening all the time, works great! Pretty similar properties.
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