Vintage Spry Vegetable Shortening Recipe Pamphlet « (2024)

This is a small promotional pamphlet for Spry Vegetable Shortening. Date unknown and although there are two different female characters on either side, neither of them are the Aunty Jenny character.

Spry Shortening was similar to Crisco if you want to try these recipes today.

Date of this pamphlet is unknown, if anyone has more information about the date of this, I’d love to hear about it!

The full contents of the recipe booklet are presented below, presentation trying to stay true to the layout of the original booklet.

I’ve included the advertisem*nt for the “What Shall I Cook Today?” Spry cookbook, but remember–it is a decades old ad and the offer is no longer valid today.

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Fried Foods


SPRY makes fried foods wonderfully delicious. They’re crisp, tender, tasty–and as easy to digest as if baked or boiled. You’ll love Spry for baking, too. Creams so easily. Makes such light, fine-flavored cakes–such tender, flaky pastry. Spry stays fresh and sweet indefinitely because it’s a pure ALL-vegetable shortening. Just keep it on the pantry shelf.


Deep or french frying is cooking in fat deep enough to float the food at temperatures around 375°F. Use a straight-sided kettle two-thirds full of Spry. Use a frying thermometer, if possible, as temperature is important.


6 large potatoes (2 pounds)
3 pounds Spry (3-quart kettle)

WASH and pare potatoes. Cut lengthwise in pieces, 2 1/2 x 1/2 inches. Soak in cold or ice water 1 hour. Dry thoroughly between towels.

Heat Spry gradually to 385°F., or until a 1-inch cube of stale bread turns golden brown in 1 minute. Drop carefully 1/2 pound potatoes, a few at a time, into fat.

Fry until potatoes float and are golden brown. (New potatoes require a longer time than old ones. Thus the frying time may range from 5 to 20 minutes.) Drain fried potatoes on absorbent paper. Raise temperatures of Spry to 385°F. Add another 1/2 pound potatoes and continue frying. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and serve immediately. Serves 6.

Care of Spry After Frying. Strain Spry after each frying to keep it clear and free from food particles. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth placed in a strainer. Spry may be used over and over again.


Shallow frying is simplified French frying. Only a skillet or frying pan is needed. Just melt enough Spry in a heavy skillet to give a depth of about 1 inch. Heat to frying temperature (375°F.) and fry as usual. Croquettes, fish, vegetables, or any other food may be fried in this easy way.


4 tablespoons Spry
5 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 cups salmon, flaked
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon onion juice
Dash of pepper
2 eggs, slightly beaten with 2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup sifted bread crumbs

MELT Spry in top of double boiler. Add flour and salt and blend. Add milk and cook until smooth and thick, stirring constantly. Remove from fire. Add salmon, lemon juice, onion juice, and pepper. Blend well. Spread mixture in shallow pan and chill until stiff. Cut into cutlets with 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter.

Roll in crumbs, then in beaten egg, then again in crumbs.

Fry in hot Spry (375°F.) 1-inch deep in heavy frying pan until brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve with egg sauce or with creamed green peas. Serves 6 to 8.


Sautéing or pan-frying means cooking in a small amount of fat. Keep your can of Spry handy for pan-frying meats, fish, vegetables, eggs, etc.


1 veal steak, 1 1/2 inches thick
Sifted bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 clove garlic, cut in half
1/4 cup Spry
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cups milk or sour cream

CUT veal into pieces for serving. Dip in crumbs, then in beaten egg, and again in crumbs. Rub frying pan with garlic. Heat pan very hot. Add Spry. Brown veal quickly on both sides. Reduce heat. Add paprika. Cover veal with milk. Cover tightly. Bake in moderately slow oven (325°F.) about 1 1/2 hours. During the last 15 minutes remove cover to brown veal. One pound veal will serve four people.

Lamb Patties. Put lamb steak through meat chopper twice, using finest knife. Season with salt and pepper, and add cream to make soft mixture that can be shaped into round flat patties. Sauté in hot Spry.

Hamburger Cakes. Season meat with salt, pepper, and chopped onion. Shape into flat cakes. Sauté in hot Spry.

All measurements are level

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1 cup Spry
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
2 1/2 cups sifted flour

COMBINE Spry, salt, and vanilla. Add sugar, then beaten eggs, and beat thoroughly. Add flour and mix well.

Drop from tip of teaspoon on baking sheets greased with Spry. (Or press through pastry bag.) Let stand a few minutes, then flatten cookies by stamping with a glass covered with a damp cloth. Bake in moderately hot oven (375°F.) 8 to 10 minutes, or until delicately browned. Makes 4 1/2 dozen.


3 tablespoons Spry
1 tablespoon butter
5 tablespoons top milk, scalded
3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

MELT Spry and butter in scalded top milk. Pour hot milk over sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla and salt. Beat until smooth and thick enough to spread. Makes enough icing to cover top and sides of 10 x 10 x 2-inch cake.


1/2 cup Spry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
2 cups sifted flour (cake flour preferred)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup honey

COMBINE Spry, salt, and vanilla. Add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat thoroughly after each addition.

Sift flour and baking powder together 3 times. Combine milk and honey. Add small amounts of flour to creamed mixture, alternately with combined milk and honey, beating after each addition until smooth.

Pour batter into 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan greased with Spry. Bake in moderate oven (350°F) 50 to 60 minutes. Spread White Fudge Icing on top and sides of cake.

This cake may also be baked in two 8-inch layer pans in moderate oven (350°F.) 25 to 30 minutes.

All measurements are level


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