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Organic Vegetable Shortening for Pie Crusts

Organic Vegetable Shortening for Pie Crusts

The fall harvest inspires many of us to make fruit pies. Although I myself prefer to make piec rusts with butter, I know that many believe that the perfect flaky pie crust requires vegetable shortening.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of vegetable shortenings on the market are made with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (also known as trans fats).

Hydrogenated oils are artificially hardened, and there are many concerns about the havoc they may play in the body, including atherosclerosis and cancer. They also appear to raise serum cholesterol levels almost as much as saturated fats do.

Another concern is that if too many trans-fatty acids are ingested, they interfere with essential fatty acid function.

Wouldn’t an organic vegetable shortening free of hydrogenated oils be terrific? Browsing through my local health food the other day, I was delighted to see just such a product from Spectrum Naturals, as well as organic margarine that is trans fat free. The shortening is also 100 percent Third Party Certified Organic, non-GMO, cholesterol free, contains less saturated fat than butter, and tests show that it is as good or better than leading national brands of shortening. And non-GMO.

You use organic vegetable shorting just like conventional shortening.

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1:01PM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Thank you.

12:40PM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Palm oil is wreaking environmental havoc and endangering wild animals. I'd like to follow up and let your readers know about the absolutely devastating effects palm oil is having on orangutans. The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place where these gentle, intelligent creatures live, and the cultivation of palm oil has directly led to the brutal deaths of thousands of individuals as the industry has expanded.

When the forest is cleared, adult orangutans are typically shot on sight. These peaceful, sentient beings are beaten, burned, mutilated, tortured and eaten. Babies are torn off their dying mothers so they can be sold on the black market as illegal pets to wealthy families who see them as status symbols of their own power and prestige.

8:27PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you!

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1:57AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thanks for postng.

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2:06AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:58AM PST on Jan 25, 2012

I'm excited about this. Since I'm old as dirt I've made the journey from using lard (old country girl) to shortening and sometimes butter. Now that I'm getting older in my old age... I'll go looking for this stuff. Hope it measures up and is worthy of my squash pies!

1:58PM PST on Jan 24, 2012


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