Cooking spray has been a staple in my kitchen for a long, long time. I’m not even sure how I got hooked. I think it was Martha Stewart – and if Martha says it’s good, it has to be good, right? Most often, I reach for the spray can when I’m baking or making pancakes. Grilling – both indoor and out – calls for a quick spray as well.
What’s wrong with cooking spray?
Conventional cooking sprays contains more than just oil. They also contain soy lecithin (GMO), mono- & diglyerides (these are transfats – seriously!), dimethyl silicone (do we really want to be eating that?) and a propellant (derived from alcohol, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, or propane – Yuck!)
The oil mister solution
Yes, it’s possible to keep food from sticking without all those extra non-food ingredients and in an easy to spray format. It’s called an oil mister (or sprayer or spritzer). Here’s why oil misters rock:
- Better for you – Choose your own organic, GMO free oils.
- Better for the planet – Refillable again and again.
- Cheaper in the long run – My mister investment was a whopping $14.95. It won’t take many refills to make that back.
We were actually given an oil mister as a gift many years ago but it never worked all that well and after leaving it unattended in the cupboard for too long it got clogged and had to be tossed. It was easy for me to slip back into the PAM habit.
But now PAM and I are finished.
I picked up an oil mister at Crate & Barrel last week (photo at top of post). All it takes is a few pumps for the oil to become pressurized and it’s ready to spray. The spray is fine and distributes evenly – just like the can. My mister is currently filled with flavorless canola for baking but I plan to get a second one for olive oil.
The one downside of my mister is that the bottle is plastic. I’m on the lookout for a glass or stainless steel version. I’ve heard good things about Misto* – which is made of aluminum. Let me know if you have one to recommend.
Are you still hooked on cooking spray? Ready to make the swap?
(PAM spray graphic courtesy of naturallysavvy.com – a great resource for healthy living!)
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