Do you use cooking sprays when you bake? I think most people do. It’s a quick and easy way to oil a pan before baking numerous types of food. I used to buy Pam’s vegetable oil cooking spray and then eventually I bought the Kroger generic brand. I used that for YEARS…up until early last year, when I actually looked at the ingredient list.
The Kroger Vegetable Oil Cooking Spray contains soybean oil (GMOs!), soy lecithin (GMOs), water(?), and propellant. Yep, propellant. Yuck. Maybe it’s safe. Maybe there is such a small amount that it could never do any real harm. But, you know what? I really don’t want to eat propellant. It just doesn’t seem all that appealing to me.
Cooking sprays that you find at the grocery store contain propellant to help push the oil out of the can. Propellants are on the FDA’s “Generally Recognized as Safe” list, however, so are many of the other chemicals and ingredients that we try to avoid these days. (As a note, several ingredients that the FDA lists as safe are not considered ‘safe’ in other countries.) I’m going to err on the side of caution when it comes to the foods we eat and avoid these ingredients as much as we can. I don’t want to eat propellant, just as much as I don’t want to eat Yellow #5 or azodicarbonamide. I prefer to eat foods that are in their original form or made from REAL ingredients.
Pam sells “100% All Natural Olive Oil Cooking Spray” now, which is a much better option than using Kroger’s vegetable oil spray. The ingredients in the All Natural version are organic extra virgin olive oil (okay, wonderful), organic grain alcohol (not really sure what this is, but it seems ok), lecithin from soybeans (eh…probably contains GMOs), and propellant. That darn propellant again.
Of course, there is all sorts of debate on whether the amount of propellant used in these cooking sprays could ever do any cumulative damage, but why risk it? If I can use an olive oil sprayer that contains ONLY pure olive oil and none of the other junk, why wouldn’t I? I don’t see any harm that could come from NOT ingesting propellant on a regular basis. So, that’s what I do now! Since early 2013, I’ve been using my own olive oil sprayer and I’m so happy with it.
The Misto Olive Oil Sprayer is simple to use and it’s refillable, too! (Eliminating waste is always a good thing, right?) I fill the canister up about HALF WAY with pure olive oil, screw the lid back on, and then pump it several times until I feel the pressure building. Then I just spray like normal. That’s it! Simple, right?!? Every time I use it, I give it a few pumps first, and it’s ready to go. When the oil runs out, I just wash it, let it dry and then re-fill to the halfway point again. I’ve never had any problems with mine and I’ve been using it for about 10 months now.
The first time I used it, I noticed that it didn’t spray as fine of a mist as the store-bought version, but I didn’t mind because I knew I was eliminating propellant from our daily diet. It has served it’s purpose well (nothing sticks to my pans) and I’m completely sold on the product. They even sell these in multiple colors if you want to buy one for olive oil and another for extra virgin olive oil (as an example). You could even spray extra virgin olive oil right on to your salads! This is another one of those “real food” changes that is so simple and easy to make. I highly recommend it, because, let’s be honest, no one really wants to eat propellant…
P.S. – Want to know what my five absolute favorite (and most used) ‘real food’ kitchen tools are??
- My breadmaker (for making homemade whole wheat bread)
- My smoothie straws (so I don’t have to throw plastic straws away after each use)
- My butter crock (so my organic butter is always soft and spreadable)
- My cheese grater (because I’ve yet to find a package of shredded cheese that does NOT contain wood pulp)
- My Ninja blender with individual blending cups (because I use it almost every day for smoothies, fruit purees…even salad dressings!)
What is your favorite kitchen tool or gadget?? Would love to hear in the comments below!
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