Lately, I've been trying to go without buying and using pan spray. Something about spraying that aerosol onto the pans my food is cooked in doesn't sit well with me!
For a while I used this homemade "Better than Pam" pan release. But since I've stopped using shortening as well, I've looked for other options.
Here's what I've discovered so far:
--Butter. Rub the stick of butter on the insides of the pan or use a pastry brush to brush it on.
--Butter wrappers. I save these in a sandwich bag in the butter compartment of the fridge. Use the wrapper to grease your pan. This is a great way to use something that you would ordinarily throw away. It does take several wrappers to effectively grease a larger pan, though!
--Coconut oil. Brush this on your pans. I like this for cookies and other treats.
--Olive oil. Again, just brush the oil. I've heard of putting this in a spray bottle but so far haven't had success with this. Let me know if you're successful with this or you've found a sprayer where the oil doesn't clog. I like to use olive oil on breads or non-sweet dishes. A little goes a long way! Too much gets pretty oily! :-)
What do you find works the best as a substitution for pan spray? Please share with the rest of us!
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