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Shortening powder

Also Known As : Margarine


Taste Profile

Shortening powder has a bland taste and has no odour.

Usage Tips

  1. Shortening powder can be added to sauces, gravies and bakery products like biscuits, pancakes, cornbread, and cakes.
  2. It is best to store them at room temperature in a cool, dry place with their lid tightly secured.

Common names and forms

  1. Bakery Shortening


Shortening is a common term which refers to a solid fat. This fat may be from an animal source like pig fat(lard), cow fat(butter) or it may be from a vegetable source like soyabean or palm kernel. Since the 20th century, shortening mostly refers to hydrogenated vegetable oils. These hydrogenated vegetable oils don't turn rancid easily and require no refrigeration. They have a higher smoking point than butter or lard and are cheaper too. Recently, with advances in food technology shortening powder has been invented whereby, shortening is now made available in a dry powdered form. It can be directly added to baked goods or can be rehydrated with water and used. Though it is not recommended for deep frying, it can be used for shallow frying of foods. The biggest advantages of shortening powder over shortening is that is has a much longer shelf-life and is absolutely mess free. It works best in baking, giving baked goods a fluffy, flakey and light texture to them.

Selection Guide

When purchasing shortening powder, always buy from a reputed brand and choose the one closest to the manufactured date so that the powder can be used much longer.



Shortening powder may contain transfats due to partial hydrogenation which are quite harmful to the body as they cause heart disease by raising cholesterol levels and hardening of the arteries. Further, they impair cell to cell communication affecting the health of the nervous system and brain function. Moreover, they are high in calories and contain no nutrition.(1)

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