Olive Oil Misters and Sprayers
Why use an olive oil mister? Several reasons actually...here are a few I've come up with.
Use less oil
If your fat intake is a concern, or you're paying a premium price for gormet olive oil, you can get far more coverage with much less oil when using a mister. It's great for spraying salad greens, bread, pasta, popcorn, cookie sheets, muffin tins, cast iron pans and more.
Sometimes I mix salad dressing in a dressing bottle with a cork. (An olive oil mister won't work if you add crushed garlic or fresh basil to the dressing.) It's almost inevitable that there will be drips down the side of the bottle and a ring of oil left on the table afterwards or an entire plate of dinner left floating in a a sea of dressing. (If you have children, you can probably relate to that one.)
An olive oil mister can make applying salad dressing much easier, even kind of fun for kids. I find it works well with my basic everyday oil and vinegar dressing.
It's economical, earth friendly and natural
I've never purchased an aerosol cooking spray. I'd rather not to pay more for added chemicals or contribute to the waste in our landfills.
I had to laugh while reading about Pam's olive oil cooking spray on their website the other day, but it really isn't funny at all.
First, they compare the fat content of their spray with oil and butter, but they compare a one second spray with a tablespoon of oil or butter. That's hardly a fair comparison if you ask me. I know I could coat a 12 cup muffin tin with one tablespoon of olive oil, but there's no way I could do it with a one second shot from a spray can!
Then, they make the "fat free" claim. This is really good...
You see, if a product contains less than a certain amount of fat it can make this claim. So say that amount is .5 grams per serving.
The manufacturer simply defines a ridiculously small serving size in order to legally make a "fat free" claim.
Such is the case here. It's oil, it can't be fat free!! It contains fat along with grain alcohol, lecithin and propellant.
That olive oil spray defined one serving as a 1/5 of a second spray. Is it even humanly possible to spray for 1/5 of a second?!
Labels have become a word game, a puzzle that most of us don't have the time to decipher. It's deceptive, misleading and so frustrating, but that's a whole other story. I had better not even get started on that subject right now.
So...what to use instead of Pam or other cooking oil sprays?
An olive oil mister or sprayer is a healthy, less expensive, and convenient alternative.
A mister works by pumping air into the container to create pressure for an aerosol kind of misty spray. I had a pampered chef pump mister that didn't work very well for me and won't pump at all any more, so I started shopping for a new one.
There are lots to choose from and I read a lot of mixed reviews while trying to decide which one to buy. Some of the more popular ones are made by Norpro, Cuisipro, Misto and Hoffritz.
Based on the reviews I read and the fact that it is stainless steel so it blocks out light, I bought the Cuisipro Stainless-Steel Spray Pump . It works quite well and I'm happy with it, but not happy enough to stop looking. I'm thinking maybe one of those trigger sprayers (no pump) like this Delta Evo Oil Trigger Spray Bottle. They must have a special nozzle to handle thicker fluids. oherwise, you could just use a regular water sprayer...........right?
Click here to see several different misters.
If you've found one that works really well and is lasting more than a few months, I'd really appreciate you taking a minute to tell me about it.
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