Easy Kitchen Tips – Easy Clean-Up When Using Shortening

Easy Clean-Up When Using Shortening

I love using Crisco for my pie crusts, but I’m not a fan of cleaning shortening out of the measuring cup. So here’s an awesome tip to save yourself from washing the greasy mess left behind after measuring out shortening:  line your measuring cup with plastic wrap before measuring out your shortening.

It totally works–and is completely worth the small bit of plastic wrap you’ll have to sacrifice.

Wahooo! Do you do this too, or am I just a super nerd?

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  1. Sherle says

    I have never thought of doing that before, though it is a great idea. I usually measure shortening by the water displacement method in a wet measuring cup.

  2. Ann T. says

    Why didn’t I think of this years ago? Do you also do this when measuring peanut butter? I too dislike cleaning up the measuring cups after shortening and peanut butter.
    I think I’ll be able to save on dish soap now. 😉

  3. Kathy says

    Never thought of that. I just use the method I learned in 7th grade HomeEc…take at least a 2 cup measuring cup, put in 1 c cold water and then measure. Remove with a slotted spoon. Always worked fine for me. Going to have to try this.

    • Elise says

      This is what I do too! (or did, before I went super-geek and started weighing everything instead – NO measuring cups to wash)

  4. Heather says

    I usually just spray my measuring cup with Pam first, but usually there is always a bit left behind, so I will try this tip next time!

  5. Jen J says

    ” …is completely worth the small bit of plastic wrap you’ll have to sacrifice”

    Mavis, your picture shows 3,000 sq ft of plastic wrap. I think you are good until the next century! :)

  6. says

    Yes, I do this. It is worth tossing a small piece of plastic wrap to save my sanity. I hate trying to get all of the shortening out of a measuring cup.

  7. Deb Miller says

    This is a great idea. A tip for those times when you have “greasy” residue, wipe with towel/rag that has been moistened with white vinegar and it will cut the grease.

  8. Nicki says

    Or you could weigh a cup of Crisco (or butter or sugar or flour…), write down how much 1 cup weighs and then just put that amount directly into the bowl. I have a really nice Salter digital scale and I just put the bowl on it, hit the button to reset it to zero and then measure out what I need. I especially like this way of measuring brown sugar because I always make such a mess otherwise.

    No mess, no extra work and no wasted plastic wrap. :)

  9. says

    Our family likes this recipe:

    1 head cauliflower
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp onion salt
    1/3 cup mayo
    1 1/2 Tblsp prepared mustard or to taste
    Mix all ingredients together, except caulifolower.
    Wash caulifower, place on microwaveable plate and cover with plastic wrap, microwave approx 4-5 mins on high.
    Cover the cauliflower with the sauce mixture, cover again with plastic wrap and microwave another 3-5 mins.
    Take off plastic wrap and add a little shredded cheddar cheese on top, pop back in microwave for 20-30 sec.
    Cut in wedges like a pie to serve! YUMMY!! Never any leftovers!!

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