This is a quick, easy, LESS messy way to measure.
Step 1: Step 1: Utensils.....Nothing Special
Glass measuring cup (used for liquids)
Shortening (or margarine etc) that you wish to measure
Spoon to scoop shortening
Step 2: Step 2: Do a Little Math
In my liquid measuring cup (Glass) I'll put 3/4 Cup of cold tap water
NOTE: The math is that 1/4 C + 3/4 C = 1 Cup
I will add solid shortening to the 3/4 C of water until the level of the water shows 1 cup. The shortening has displaced the water.
NOTE: The shortening must be submerged in the water
Step 3: Step 3: Drain the Water
Just to show that this works I scooped out the shortening and put it into a 1/4 C measure