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post #1 of 10
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I'm a 19 yo guy btw not much cooking experience really but since my mom had to go somewhere else for awhile I've decided to take the initiative and start learning some basic things. Right now I've got one of those betty crocker cake mixes in the oven. I'm not sure how my mom used to do it, but it said use shortening to grease the pan, so I quickly ran out and bought a big thing of crisco for $5.

I'm wondering if there are any alternatives to using shortening since we didn't have any, and how much you're supposed to use. I just dug into the jar and smeared it across the cake pan with my hands until it looked mostly covered.
post #2 of 10
butter. Margarine. Oil. Spray oil stuff. oil and flour. parchment paper
You use enough to keep the thing your baking from sticking, but not enough that you're going to fry the cake in it. If you can spread it evenly (a paper towel is handY), you don't need much.
post #3 of 10
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Thanks:cool:
post #4 of 10
woot! betty crocker! next up is stove top stuffing and then a nice rice a roni.:p Only partly ribbing you man. everyone has got to start some where. let the cake cool at leat an hour before you try and frost it or its gonna fall apart from being too soft.

also unless your real serious i wouldn't make a cake from scratch either:D
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post #5 of 10
As you said, Gunnar, one step at a time. :)

CB23, you're welcome to post your questions as you did this one- any time! We also have a good search tool, too. That'll show you older threads on topics you might find interesting. For instance, if you put "macaroni and cheese" in the search line, you will get stuff on cheese (but not macaroni)- switch it up a little and try "mac and cheese" or just "macaroni". I'm not the most able person on how it narrow a search, but sooner or later you'll find what you want. You may also run into some things you didn't think of.

I have suggested to other new cooks who are trying to learn basic cooking skills, to make homemade mac and cheese. For one, you learn how to make a white sauce, which can morph into a bunch of other sauces and dishes. I'd suggest doing some searching, then post a question in a new thread if you want to. You'll always get responses!

We hope to see you more often as you explore home cooking.
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post #6 of 10
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All right, thanks
This is how the cake turned out, if anyone was curious
post #7 of 10
makes me want a glass of milk. your off to a good start:D
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post #8 of 10
Any leftovers?!!! Looks great!
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post #9 of 10
u are on the right track!

cake looks delicious

baking is not easy but it is rewarding and will teach u a lot!
post #10 of 10
if using solid fat like butter or shortening or margarine u can use ur hands and just grease the pan lightly... it shouldnt be too much... a little dusting of flour can help too. bakers joy is a wonderful spray. it combiens the flour and fat... dont use low fat cooking spray, it has stuff in it that will burn... im not sure if pam falls in this category or not, but i think i have had a bad experience with some popualr cookign spray... (i recommend butter or peanut or corn oil or animal fat because shortening and margarine have unhealthy fats, i reserve shortening for use IN a pastry or desert where i feel it really is necessary and im trying to use less. i would rather use lard or beef suet or another animlal fat over shortening.... because im trying to use more and more whole foods. but some baked goods really come out well with some shortening!
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