Water Displacement Method

The water displacement method is used to measure shortening, butter or margarine acurately. I find it cheaper to purchase shortening in a large can instead of the pre-measured sticks. Sometimes I buy margarine in a larger  tub,  from the warehouse stores so I don't have the convience of cutting off a pre-measured amount.

Say we want to measure 1/2 cup of shortening. Take a 2 cup liquid measuring cup, place it on a level surface and fill it to the 1 cup mark with cold water. Gently drop spoonfuls of shortening into the water until the water level reaches the 1½ cup mark on the liquid measuring cup. Make sure that you bend down to eye level as you measure. Once you reach the 1½ cup mark pour off the water, holding the shortening in the cup with a spoon, then add the shortening to your recipe.

You may also use a 1 cup measure and fill it with 1/2 cup of cold water, add the shortening until the water reaches the 1 cup mark. But, I tend to use a bigger cup because the shortening needs to be covered with the water and not stuck to the bottom of the cup, to be an accurate measurement.

Here is an example for measuring 1 Cup of butter flavored shortening.


1. Fill a liquid measuring cup to the 1 Cup line with cold water.


2. Drop spoonfuls of shortening into the water until it reaches the 2 cup mark. Remove the shortening from the water, to the mixing bowl or carefully pour off the water then transfer the shorting to the bowl.