When I was scrutinizing my master grocery list, eyeing just how many items I could eliminate, I noticed “cooking spray.”
“Cooking spray should be an easy thing to eliminate,” I thought.
Turns out I use it a lot. Sometimes you don’t know these things until you do without. In our early years of marriage I didn’t buy cooking spray; I thought of it as a luxury item. But back then I also kept Crisco on hand and used that to grease pans.
Now I avoid hydrogenated fats, Crisco included, and butter browns and burns too easily to grease pans going into high heat.
There is always parchment paper and Silpats, which I do love to use.
However, I roast a lot of vegetables and had come to rely on the shortcut of spraying the pan and then the vegetable with canola oil cooking spray. Drizzling & tossing uses so much more oil and is so much more messy!
A Simple Solution
I love it!
From the product description on Amazon:
Simply fill this beautiful high quality sprayer with your best olive oil. Pump the cap to pressurize. Then spray for 10 seconds and pump up A plastic cap underneath the sprayer’s top twists off so the sprayer can be half-filled (1/3 cup) with oil. Inside the top is a plastic tube that fits over the spray nozzle. again. It’s simple, ingenious, and practical. With its cap on, the sprayer stands just 7-5/8 inches high, so it tucks away easily on any countertop. Made of satin-finish aluminum with a black-band accent, it’s sleek as well as utilitarian. No chemicals or propellants. Refill and reuse again and again.
- Grease pans.
- Grease muffin pans.
- Spritz vegetables to be roasted or grilled.
- Fill with 1:1 lemon juice & water and spritz cut apples so they don’t brown.
- Spritz pizza crust or other crispy bread (like grilled bread or fococcia) before salting and seasoning.
- Spritz salad with olive oil.
- Spray vegetables or meat or grill as necessary when grilling.
- Never fill more than half full. I usually just pour in a couple tablespoons at a time, but that lasts me 1-2 weeks.
- Unscrew the top after use to release the pressure; do not store it pressurized.
- To clean, fill with hot water and a drop of mild detergent, and spray.