Storing fats long term is tricky. Fats have a very short shelf life, for example unopened Crisco shortening has a shelf life of 2 years. That is not very long. Shortening powder has a shelf life of 10 years making it a great option for long term storage. Many of you have asked me how shortening powder works and how to use it. Today we are going to take an in-depth look at how to bake with shortening powder.
Whitney who write the blog Thrive with Hemasth is here to show us how to make awesome and EASY pie crust and sugar cookies using shortening powder. Whitney is a girl after my own hear, she experimented with shortening powder until she figured out exactly how to to use it. She very graciously agreed to share it with all of us. Take it away Whitney.
Source: D Sharon Pruitt
It seems that my whole culinary life, I have been hunting for the best sugar cookie and pie crust recipes. This last year, I have stopped searching. I finally have a recipe for the perfect flaky pie crust, as well as for perfect sugar cookies (roll-out or drop). Turns out the secret to both these recipes was shortening. I have never really used shortening before, but it makes all the difference in these recipes. My family loves them, and I knew I needed to find a way to incorporate them into our food storage options. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered THRIVE Shortening Powder.
Lots of people say that this product can be tricky to work with. Hate to say it, but it's true. The good news is, however, I've learned all the tricks! And now I get to share them with you. Here are some of my favorite shortening powder secrets that will ensure awesome food storage recipes.
After 20 minutes in the fridge, reconstituted shortening has hardened enough to not fall out of the measuring cup.
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c shortening powder
1 tbsp egg powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/8 c flour
1/2 tsp powdered milk (not Instant)
Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl with a fork. Create a well in the middle and add 5 Tbsp of water and 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Combine with fork until well blended.
And now on to the pie crust recipe. I will say, my "regular" recipe gives me the perfect flaky pie crust. Using shortening powder, and mixing all the dry ingredients first to avoid using a pastry cutter, I don't get as flaky a crust. It is a bit more tender than crumbly. But it is still wonderful, and so easy, you will want to try it.
1 1/4 cup THRIVE white flour
1 cup THRIVE Shortening Powder
1/4 tsp THRIVE salt
7 Tbsp ice cold water