Monday, September 26, 2011

{ Cooking Spray Call Out }

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That's right, I'm calling out cooking spray because I find their labelling to be a little misleading and I have an inexpensive, possibly money saving, healthy alternative to share with you today.
Now I'll be the first to admit that now that I examine my cooking spray a little closer I see that I bought "Original" and not "Canola Oil" or "Olive Oil."

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But you can see how all of the "Made with 100% Canola Oil" labels could throw a person off, right? Especially a busy parent shopping with kids.

At one point a couple of years ago I looked at the ingredient labels on numerous sprays and found that even the cooking sprays that were most purely oil still typically have a propellant. In a nice and expensive oil spray, you'll find the most pure propellant of alcohol in your cans. But if you buy any old cooking spray it's usually just listed as propellant, and who knows what that actually is? Yes thank you, I know it's function; but what exactly does the propellant consist of? Whatever it is, it's most likely what makes that fishy smell when you over heat your spray oil and it turns brown. You know what I'm talking about.

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Or maybe it's the soy lecithin or dimethyl silicone added to the unknown propellant of my canola oil that get stinky when overheated. The truth is though, I don't want those things added to my oil and I don't want to smell that gross smell and I don't have to - and neither do you. In enter oil sprayers.

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Now, these spray bottles aren't as maintenance free as a store bought, disposable can but they are well worth it. With several pumps and a wash every couple of weeks you can spray out pure oil without additives.

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I bought these Misto bottles at Marshall's for $7.99 a bottle, but they have them on Amazon for $8.53 a bottle (aluminum; the stainless steel bottles are a little pricier) - so you aren't breaking the bank with up front costs. Cooking spray runs $2-$5 a bottle anyway and once you buy your bottle(s) you just refill with the oil you keep on hand for cooking and baking. So you can see how in the long run  having an oil sprayer not only keeps additives out of your oil and body, but it may also keep more money in your pocket. (Having just realized that I bought aluminum cans I may be upgrading to the stainless steel myself, do your research before buying!)

I also have to mention that as well as being a purer option, spraying pure oil for cooking tastes so much better. I challenge you to cook an egg with your cooking spray and then cook an egg in sprayed pure oil, taste them both and you will know the difference.

I hope that you find this information useful for you and your family. I know that Kyle and I are enjoying the change we've made. Have you made any "healthy changes" for your family lately? If so, what? We'd love to know!

Happy Monday and thanks for reading.

I'd love to hear from you, please drop a line in the comment section.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love these! This is what we use too. I have one for olive oil, for grape-seed oil, and flax seed oil (I only use this for spraying on popcorn after it has popped) super tasty!

bug said...

Hey Jess, nice new header!
This is an awesome idea. We have non-stick pans, but sometimes stuff still sticks, so we are tempted to spray something on them. But Calphalon Customer Service said DON'T use the Pam-type sprays, they are apparently really bad for non-stick surfaces. But pure oil is OK, so the misto is genius! Thanks :) Bug

Trulieunique said...

I just want to say here here! I have been skipping the convenient nature of the spray oils for the very reasons that you stated here. I had a misto in the past but I broke after much use. I will be seeking to buy one again and hold my ground! Thanks for your post.

Lindsy said...

How funny! My good friend just showed me her misters and said she never buys the Pam-type sprays. I'll start "researching" for a good stainless steel one :) Thanks!!

Carolyn said...

A $2 spray (trigger-style) bottle works just as well as a Misto. Actually, it's better because you don't have to pump it to prime it before you spray. BTW, canola is a in no way "natural" as PAM claims. It's a lab manufactured (GMO) product...best to stick w/ olive oil or something else that's truly natural.

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