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What is 'shortening' in English ?

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Lucycat Wed 28-Feb-07 11:08:59

Following on from the 'moral shopping' thread thought I'd have a go at making my own tortillas but the only recipe I can fnd is Mexican and wants to me to use 4tsp of shortening! translation anyone?

or alternatively a recipe!


MegaLegs Wed 28-Feb-07 11:09:32

Is it suet?

MrsBadger Wed 28-Feb-07 11:10:40

Shortening is hard fat like you'd use for making pastry - try Trex, or butter would probably do.

paulaplumpbottom Wed 28-Feb-07 11:10:57


oxocube Wed 28-Feb-07 11:11:06

Lard, I think, or you could use cooking margerine in a block, like Stork or Blue Band. I make my own flour tortillas without it but I'm sure thats what it is

MegaLegs Wed 28-Feb-07 11:11:13

"butter, lard, or other fat, used to make pastry, bread, etc., short. "

This is th edefinition from an online dictionary.

DimpledThighs Wed 28-Feb-07 11:11:35

hard white fat - buy vegetable shortnening - trex and the suchlike or use lard.

Legacy Wed 28-Feb-07 11:11:36

It's solid fat at room temperature see shortening

White Flora prob your best option?

paulaplumpbottom Wed 28-Feb-07 11:11:55

If you want proper shortning go to The brand is Crisco

bewilderbeast Wed 28-Feb-07 11:12:11

I used trex (sort of vegetarian lard I guess) when making tortillas in place of shortening, seemed to work ok, get lots of clingfilm though they stick together like buggery unless you have one of those griddle, commal (sp) things that you can do them on straight away

Lucycat Wed 28-Feb-07 11:14:10

ooh thanks - could have tried an online dictionary myself sounds a bit blurgh, can see why they use the word shortening instead - so much puuurrrtier

oxocube what recipe do you use?

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