Vegetable shortening is an excellent alternative to animal-based versions for vegetarians. Rather than using animal fats, it uses soybean oil, vegetable oils and cottonseed oils, which are hydrogenated until they are solid. Although it has little flavor, it is ideal for baking foods that are flaky, such as cakes and pastries.
People who want to store vegetable shortening can keep it in a dry place that is at room temperature for up to a year. It remains in a solid state when stored at room temperature.
Individuals who are looking for an alternative to vegetable shortening may wish to try Crisco, which contains fewer trans-fats. Vegetable shortening is made of trans fats, which can cause a range of adverse health conditions. Another alternative is to try vegetable shortening that is made from palm oil.
Individuals who do eat an animal-based diet may consider other shortening alternatives. Both butter and margarine remain solid at room temperature, and both last for a few months without spoiling. Alternatively, there is coconut oil, which can last as long as two years without spoiling.Learn more about Food Facts