Can I use butter in place
of vegetable shortening?
Q: Dear Hope: If the recipe calls for 3/4 cups vegetable
shortening can I use butter and if so how much butter would equal
3/4 cup shortening? Thanks in advance.
A: Yes, in most instances you can use butter or margarine
in place of vegetable shortening. However, be aware that butter
and margarine both contain a small amount of liquid and shortening
does not, which adds some moisture to the recipe, but in most
cases not enough to make a noticeable difference. For example,
when adding a small amount of fat to thin out chocolate for use
as a coating, it is best to use the vegetable shortening so that
water is not introduced into the chocolate that could cause it
to not firm up properly, or worse, seize up.
Butter (and margarine) are equivalent in measurement to vegetable
shortening. In other words, 3/4 cup shortening = 3/4 cup butter
(which would be 1 1/2 sticks of butter)