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How Do You Measure Shea Butter??

QtBoutiqueQtBoutique Posts: 121Registered Users
I posted this in the recipes forum, but I wanted to see if any ladies here could help me out as well. For those of you who use shea butter, I was wondering how you measure it? As in, do you melt it first, then measure, or pack it unmelted into measuring spoons? Or do you weigh it? I hear people saying they used so and so many tablespoons or ounces of shea butter for various recipes, but they never explain exactly how they get that measurement.

Thanks for all the help and input. :)

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  • KeiLaniKoilsKeiLaniKoils Posts: 439Registered Users
    I would melt it first, then measure.

    I know many women (like me) who just "eye-ball" their measurements. Whether it be shea butter or aloe vera.
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  • QtBoutiqueQtBoutique Posts: 121Registered Users
    Yeah I normally just eyeball my concoctions but I want to be able to come up with a recipe with the same measurements that I can use every time so I know how to reduce or multiply it as necessary. I want to fill an 8 oz jar with a shea butter mix I've come up with.

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  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    Coastal Scents has a youtube vid up on how to make your own shea whip and the lady on there measures it solid, using a scale to weigh.

    How to make Whipped Unrefined Shea Butter - YouTube
  • QtBoutiqueQtBoutique Posts: 121Registered Users
    Lanisha wrote: »
    Coastal Scents has a youtube vid up on how to make your own shea whip and the lady on there measures it solid, using a scale to weigh.

    How to make Whipped Unrefined Shea Butter - YouTube

    Thanks, that was a big help. Now I just need to figure out how to measure it when I don't have a scale. Lol

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  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    QtBoutique wrote: »
    Lanisha wrote: »
    Coastal Scents has a youtube vid up on how to make your own shea whip and the lady on there measures it solid, using a scale to weigh.

    How to make Whipped Unrefined Shea Butter - YouTube

    Thanks, that was a big help. Now I just need to figure out how to measure it when I don't have a scale. Lol

    You said you just want to be able to remember the recipe so you can keep using the same measurements for your 8oz jar right. I don't think it matters whether you weigh it or you pack it or scoop it as long as you do that same amount every time. Since it's a jar, it doesn't matter how much the ingredients weigh, it's going by volume. So if you scoop out a cup of shea butter, I believe that will fill an 8oz jar because there are 8oz in 1 cup. So I say pack the shea butter into measuring spoon or cup. Oh and don't forget, stuff kinda expands when you whip it. I did that once and tried to fill the container back up with the concoction I had just taken out and rewhipped and it overflowed even though I didn't add any more ingredients. I had get two containers to fit it all.
  • MsladiiMsladii Posts: 442Registered Users
    I eyeball it...

    But I don't see how packing it into measuring cups solid would be any different. It just needs to be something you can measure the same every time right... So just use what you have at your disposal...

    I personally don't melt anything... Takes to much time to wait for it to solidify again IMO... I use it solid after sitting at room temperature...

    If I'm impatient I put in under a heat lamp (i have a pet that requires one... thats the only reason I have one handy) just to let it soften a bit... But I like the texture the solid butter gives and I don't find it a problem to mix!

    Eyeballing gives me consistent results each time and eventually after making it enough times you'll know what looks right...

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  • QtBoutiqueQtBoutique Posts: 121Registered Users
    I just finished making my shea butter mix a couple hours ago and i'm really pleased. Thought I would share how things went with you ladies.

    Using a kitchen scale I weighed out eight ounces of room temperature, solid shea butter. Then I added four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, two tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, and one tablespoon of castor oil. I put all of this into a bowl over hot water and used a hand mixer to blend all the ingredients. I put it into the freezer when everything was combined for thirty minutes to let it solidify again, and then whipped it once more when I took it out. The texture is VERY fluffy and nice. I stored it in an empty Shea butter container that I had lying around. I'll post pictures on my blog soon. :)


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  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    QtBoutique wrote: »
    I just finished making my shea butter mix a couple hours ago and i'm really pleased. Thought I would share how things went with you ladies.

    Using a kitchen scale I weighed out eight ounces of room temperature, solid shea butter. Then I added four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, two tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, and one tablespoon of castor oil. I put all of this into a bowl over hot water and used a hand mixer to blend all the ingredients. I put it into the freezer when everything was combined for thirty minutes to let it solidify again, and then whipped it once more when I took it out. The texture is VERY fluffy and nice. I stored it in an empty Shea butter container that I had lying around. I'll post pictures on my blog soon. :)


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