Can I Substitute Shortening for Oil?
If you don't have oil on hand but do have some shortening in the cupboard, you may be in luck. The BHG food team investigates whether you can substitute shortening for oil or not.
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Substituting Shortening for Oil
This depends on the recipe. Using oil vs. shortening will change the texture of baked goods. The shortening, being a solid fat, will add more air to the batter when beaten in, giving the end product more of a cakey structure rather than the more dense structures oil will give.