I really love the convenience of no stick cooking sprays. I love them until I start reading what’s in them, anyway. Then I don’t love them quite so much. There really isn’t that much that is terrible in them but most of them are made with canola oil and I think that stuff is the devil. Someday I will give you all the reasons I totally don’t think you should buy canola oil but for now we will just agree that I despise the nasty stuff.
And then there is the propellant in the cooking spray. It doesn’t say what it is and I probably do not want to know.
Well a few years ago I discovered olive oil sprayers or misters. I know it sounds sexist but it isn’t. If you wan to call them olive oil missus or olive oil MIZZZ go ahead, no one will care.
Anyway with these misters you just fill them about partway with olive oil and then use it just as you would PAM or other cooking sprays. You can even use it to put a light coating of oil on bread doughs, pizza, bruschetta, salad or what ever.
When it runs out you just refill the container and it is ready to go again.
Misto Olive Oil Sprayer
One of the most popular ones is called the Misto Olive Oil Sprayer. It gets great reviews and it is a great basic sprayer for an affordable price. Amazon has it for less than $10.
The one thing I have against it is that it is made from aluminum. It is beautiful to look at and works great but I am freaky about aluminum molecules staging a sit-in in my brain. I am forgetful enough. If you don’t have issues with aluminum (and lots of people don’t) and you want a good basic mister to get the hang of it then the Misto is probably perfect for ya.
It’s definitely a good place to start. They also make a more expensive stainless steel version
Prepara Oil Mister
Another sprayer, one that I like, is a bit more money but offers more flexibility and is BPA and aluminum free. It is called the Prepara Oil Mister and it is beautiful.
The bottom is glass so you can see how much oil you have in there. You can also add herbs to flavor the oil and the mister has a filter to keep the pieces from clogging the sprayer part. You can add garlic, rosemary, basil, hot peppers, or whatever to the mister base and then add the oil and let it stand for a day or so. When you use the mister on your shish kabob or chicken breast it will have that great olive oil flavor infused with the herbs that you put in there.
The Prepara is twice the cost of the Misto, or around $20. They do last forever and a day and you will get a ton of use out of them.
Just don’t spritz that cake pan with the garlic and olive oil sprayer. Maybe you should get two…just in case.