It seems like I am always using shortening. In my homemade frosting, my banana bread and other baked goods. Every time I use shortening, I feel like I spent five minutes scraping it out of the measuring cup and then another five minutes washing the measuring cup afterwards. It was enough to make me not want to bake.
I discovered an awesome trick while watching a friend bake that have saved me a ton of trouble. Before you measure your shortening, place a piece of plastic wrap in your measuring cup. Measure your shortening out and then remove the plastic wrap. Slide the shortening off your plastic wrap and into your mixing bowl. It both ensured all of your shortening made it into your recipe AND keeps you from having to scrub shortening off anything. The perfect combination.
How about you any easy cooking tips or tricks?