How to Make Vegan Shortening - Coconut Oil Base

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vegan shortening

Hi, I really applaud your efforts to be more conscious about the ingredients you use and especially thank you for becoming vegan. However, I would like to point out that canola oil is not healthy for you. A genetically modified product, canola oil is a Canadian invention that is backed by their government, cheap to manufacture, and many processed or packaged foods contain it. Canola oil was first created in the early 1970s as a natural oil, but in 1995, Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil. Naturally grown rapeseed contains a high amount euric acid (54%) which damages heart muscles. Always use natural nut or seed oils and leave the canola alone.
And a little tip, if you add a small amount of tumeric to your shortening, you have a golden colored substitute for butter.

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Substitute for canola, olive oil?

Will macadamia nut oil or avocado oil work in place of the canola oil? Thanks. Excited to try this out.

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Worked great!

Thank you for this recipe! It was so easy and worked well in a frosting recipe that called for vegetable shortening. I'm glad this allowed me to avoid using palm oil.

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The coconut oil

Hi....

I'm new to vegan baking for this few months. I have a question regarding this shortening. Here in my country, the room temperature is about 35-37 Celcius. It's rather hard to find a coconut oil that is not liquid. Is there any other solution? I've been trying to figure it out this past month.
Thank you so much.

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I just got unrefined cocosnuts oil

Hi Mattie, I am trying to do a vegan Fondant and it has been very hard to find out how to do it. One of the ingredients I would need is a shortening and I will use your recipe. However, today I went through the whole city trying to find refined coconuts oil but could just got unrefined. Do you think that there is any problem with that?
I thank in advance your advice!
Greetings,
Abril

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Hi Abril! There should be no problem- both refined coconut oil and unrefined coconut oil behave exactly the same in food. The only difference is that refined coconut oil is passed through a filter that removes the coconut oil aroma and flavor. Your fondant will probably just taste a little more like coconut than you planned. Yum! Hope it worked out!

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going to make this tomorrow!

Here in South Africa all the vegetable shortening has whey added to it - no idea why - and I also have no idea why it took me so long to think of looking on your site for a shortening recipe! Yay!! Also posting this on our local vegan site for others to see and use - thanks so much :).

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Gosh

I am SO making this right away with light olive oil. You rock!

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Can you explain why you need to mix the coconut oil with another liquid oil? I have tried just using coconut oil by itself. I am interested in your vegan butter. I will find that recipe. Thanks!

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Spectrum palm shortening and Tropical Traditions shortening are both sustainable and forest friendly. Both sites offer great information on the issue.

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Coconut oil?

Thanks for this very helpful article! I'm now one step closer to understanding this shortening business. I've really struggled with it, and now I just have one question, I hope you can help me with.
Where I live, we have this 100% coconut oil block in stores. It's completely solid, almost too solid to use sometimes... It's mostly used to cook or "deep fry" these traditional Danish pastries in a pot, but I am wondering if this is all I need for, let's say, a vegan pie crust? Is it necessary to mix it with something else, as you have done above, when it's already a solid block of oil?
I'd really appreciate any help!

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Great question Line! I assume you live in Scandinavia? They also may have what you're talking about in Australia I believe. I'm pretty sure the coconut oil you're referring to is hydrogenated, which lowers the temperature at which it becomes solid, hence the extremely hard nature of this product.

Since I have no experience with this product, it's difficult to tell how it measures up to American-style shortening. Since the product you're referencing is 100% fat, it's probably extremely similar. I recommend substituting it where shortening is called for and see what happens. A pie crust would be the perfect place to start!

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Doesn't roll in my recipe...

Thank you for this recipe. Can you link me to your recipes that uses your shortening? I have been trying to make empanadas (de camote y pinia) several ways. I have used this recipe, but I cannot get it to work. My dough is to "wet" and cannot be rolled. It falls apart. I'm trying to figure out how to get it to work by looking at other recipes. :) I haven't given up on these empanadas... TIA.

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Hi this recipe is an incredible find for my kiddo with so many food allergies. However, I do need an alternative to Coconut oil as I need to make an allergen free birthday cake for her in 4 weeks and need to make my own icing, have you posted the cocoa butter recipe yet??

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I am not sure if this will work for me :( I live in the Caribbean where it is very hot and coconut oil is liquid at room temperature... maybe I will still try.

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Hi Danibelle,

This will totally work for you! Just skip the step where you melt the coconut oil- it's already been done for you by Mother Nature;) Regular shortening melts at around the same temperature as this one so it's all the same once it's solidified in your refrigerator.

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Can I use the shortening recipe in baking recipes that require butter? Can I whip it with an electric beater while making the cake batter? It is difficult to procure xanthan gum. It is so exorbitantly priced. I cannot make vegan butter solely due to this reason.

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Hi Gemini, This is definitely not recommended as a vegan butter substitute. Regular butter (and my vegan butters on this site) is about 78% fat, 18% water and 4% solids. Shortening is 100% fat so your recipes won't turn out right if used in the place of vegan butter.

Also, in the vegan butter recipes I call for lecithin for emulsification and xanthan gum for minimal foaming during whipping. Since my shortening recipe is just fat, it won't whip at all. For convenient vegan cake baking I recommend vegan recipes that don't require whipping. Good luck!

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How to make vegan shortening

coconut oil is one of the most highly saturated and therefore one of the most unhealthy oils, vegan or not

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Hi, I live in a hot climate, often above 25 degrees celsius, I'm trying to make cupcake frosting and the coconut oil version will melt if the weather is hot? How do I make vegan shortening with deodorised cocoa butter?

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Hi apple15! The frosting will melt if the weather us much hotter than 25C. I'm still working on a cocoa butter version and don't have it finished yet. In the meantime, you can try making my latest recipe of Vegan Butter using a cocoa butter base that you should be able to use for a frosting instead of shortening: http://www.veganbaking.net/fats/vegan-butters/818-regular-vegan-butter-cocoa-butter-base
Good luck!

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is this shortening suitable for making fondant?

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Hi, I'm just starting to eat vegan. Just wondering about the Vegan shortening. Do I have to keep it in the freezer? The ingredients used are not kept in the freezer. Just wondering. Things in our freezer seem to get forgotten sometimes. Thank you.

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You're the vegan Alton Brown!! Science + Art = del

I became vegan this year and have struggled to re-learn how to cook. I am so glad to have found your site today. Thank you so much for sharing your work! I'm making my first vegan pie crust today (for international pi day tomorrow), substituting your vegan butter and shortening in the Cook's Illustrated foolproof pie dough recipe that I used for years as an omnivore. I believe it will work!

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Thanks Amy! It should work fine. My pie crust is actually heavily influenced by the Cook's Illustrated version and I use this shortening in it all the time. Have a great Pi Day!

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can this substitute

Can this be used as a substitute for vegetable shortening? I'm baking a cake for my little bro, and I want to know if I can use this instead of the vegetable shortening for the frosting?

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I made this shortening for the vegan frosting recipe and it worked fantastically.

This is just my own personal opinion but there hasn't been enough research on coconut oil to deem it unhealthy. Regardless, this is a great way for one to take control and cut out the hydrogenated ingredients normally found in shortening.

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Omg! Thank you so much! I've always stayed away from shortening...but I want to try making this! ^^

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Thanks Apple! It's so easy!

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allergy free birthday cake for my daughter.

Great idea! now i can start experimenting an allergy free cake for my daughter.
i wish i could come up with recipes like that ha ha!
peace

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does have to be refined coconutoil?

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Soap Making

Could you use this homemade shortening then buying vegetables shortening for soap making?
Thank You
Rosie

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Interesting~

Im curious to try this and see how the flavor is and how well it bakes!

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Different but good!

This gives it a different flavor but still very good! thank you for providing recipe!

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So much great info here. Thank you for sharing this secret with us.

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I've been looking for the real natural vegan shorting in my country for so long,
and now, this is it! Tks for the magical recipe :D

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So glad you're able to make shortening now Sandy! Happy baking!

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ANother great idea!

This is nother great idea for fat substitute, tropical climate can take advantage of the abundance of coconut.
The potential is endless!

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