Grease Poles, Bake With Butter

Author: Gary Cheeseman | January 30, 2018

Grease Poles, Bake With Butter

Super Bowl LII is almost here and Philadelphia Eagles fans are having a hard time containing their excitement! Eagles-mania is so real, that fans decided that the tops of utility poles are the ideal place to celebrate. As a result, the city had to grease the bottom of these poles to deter climbing. Their greasing product of choice – shortening.

Coverage via WPVI - Philadelphia 

Shortening is commonly used for baking because it is believed that it makes for a lighter and flakier pastry. This is because it contains 100% fat…including those pesky, artery-clogging trans fats.

But, we’re here to let you in on a little secret, freezing butter before baking increases the flakey factor AND adds less fat to the dish – butter is 85% fat and 15% water. That’s right! This one simple step helps stabilize the fat, so that your baked goods come out as flaky and light as your taste buds desire. No need to mess with shortening!

“Personally, I only bake with butter. I never use shortening. I just freeze my butter before baking with it. It has more flavor, is natural, and has some vitamins and minerals! It’s a win-win for me.”

-Michelle Barber, MA, RDN, CDN, Nutrition Specialist

So, the next time you gather ingredients to make your favorite baked good, like something for a football party, stick to butter for a tastier treat…like these Cheddar Apple Tarts. YUM!

Besides, it looks like shortening isn’t the best choice to grease poles with either.

Coverage via WPVI - Philadelphia 

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