How to Cut in Cooking Fats

Cutting in fat or shortening in cooking is very easy to do. This baking technique is normally used to make biscuits or pies. Some muffin recipes may use this method of distributing fat but this type of muffin recipe is usually found in older recipes.

Steps

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    Add the flour to a mixing bowl. You may also add salt, sugar or baking powder, if called for, when planning to cut the fat into the flour mixture.
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    Cut the fat or shortening into small pieces, if the fat is cold.
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    Add the cut up pieces of fat to the flour.
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    Use a pastry blender or two table knives to cut the fat into the flour.
    • If you are using a pastry blender you normally press down and rock back-and-forth to cut the fat into the flour.
    • If you are using two table knives, then cut the fat into the flour using a criss-cross slicing motion.
    • Most recipes ask the fat to be cut into the flour mixture until the fat looks like it's the size of pea.

Tips

  • You can also cut in fat or shortening using a food processor. Add the ingredients to the food processor bowl and pulse until the mixture looks like peas.

Things You'll Need

  • Pastry cutter
  • Table knives
  • Mixing bowl

Article Info

Categories: Food Preparation | Basic Cooking Skills