Kitchen Tip: Measuring Shortening

When a recipe calls for shortening, it can mean a greasy mess in your measuring cups. At least that’s what it used to mean for me.

Until I discovered an easy trick that makes measuring shortening quick & easy and doesn’t leave you with greasy measuring cups that are a pain to get clean. It was like the softening butter tip – so easy, I wondered why I didn’t think of it long ago.

Use a kitchen scale. Put down waxed paper, zero the scale out, and spoon the shortening onto the waxed paper.

1 cup of shortening = 6 ounces.

When you have the amount you need, just dump it in your bowl and toss the waxed paper in the trash. Now all you have to clean is the spoon. How easy is that?!

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Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married with four energetic children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for encouraging other moms, photography, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and attempting to keep her home organized.


  1. April Decheine

    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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  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

    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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