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How can you cream shortening and sugar?

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Shortening and sugar can easily be creamed together using the beaters of a handheld mixer or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Shortening that has been cut into pieces and stored at room temperature is fairly soft and easy to cream.

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Beating the shortening by itself before adding the sugar is the most efficient way to achieve a smooth consistency. Use the mixer on low at first, then increase its speed as the shortening becomes creamy and somewhat plastic-looking before folding in the sugar a tablespoon or so at a time, and beating it until it is completely blended.

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