How to Make Biscuits Guide - Butter vs Shortening

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We are featuring this article that gives some answers to the butter versus shortening debate in making biscuits. There is no doubt that there is a difference when you bake with these two ingredients. We will give you a bit of a teaser to introduce the experiment, but the recipe and credit goes to Tessa from 'Handle the Heat' as it is she that conducted a full on experiment baking the muffins side by side with the same ingredients in both, except the butter and shortening.

There are photos and explanations of how it is to work with each dough as well as how they baked up and tasted. It is a great article explaining how easy it is to make up a batch of fresh homemade biscuits.

When I was a little girl, my mother also baked primarily with shortening. It was cheaper than butter for baking. Shortening was very common to use few decades ago, and there were countless TV and magazine commercials talking about Crisco and Tenderflake and how light, flakey and tender your pie crusts and biscuits would come out. It was pretty fantastic advertising and for a number if years shortening was used by many.The problem was that no one related any health issues to the use in shortening, so as no one seemed to know any better, there was no reason to have any concerns about it. Shortenings are made from vegetable oil and hydrogenated vegetable oil contains trans fat.

We went to the online source 'Wikipedia' to find out more. In the 21st century, it was evident that hydrogenated vegetable oils with their trans fats were linked to adverse health effects. New regulations came in to play and in 2007, all Crisco products were reformulated to have less than one gram of trans fat per serving. Many products are being manufactured within the standards set with the new evidence. You see many products on the shelves now that say 'No Trans Fat'. So the main thing as with any ingredient you put into your body is to read your labels and always choose products that are not using Trans Fat.

Now let us guide you to visit the 'Handle The Heat' website below, not only for the recipe but to read the results of the experiment.

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