Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Kitchen Tip Tuesday: No Pan Spray?

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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DarcyLee said...

Unfortunately, I'm still using pan spray, although I, like you, don't like it. If you do find something better I'd be very interested.

Michelle said...

Have you tried Mr. Misto? You put the oil of your choice, pump, and spray. Bed Bath and Beyond has them. I also recommend grapeseed oil for it's neutral, but almost buttery flavor.

thehomespunheart said...

I have a Pampered Chef spray bottle - similar to what Michelle described. I usually use vegetable oil in that, but find it isn't always as effective as the canned spray is. I'm not crazy about it either - but find myself using it because I know it works and it is fast. Lousy excuse, but the truth!

:) Monica

mare said...

I make my own non-stick spray and keep it in a spray bottle:

Combine 1 cup of vodka and 4 tsp liquid lecithin. Shake. Makes one cup. Shake well before each use.

(You could use corn oil instead of the vodka but its not quite as effective).

From the 1978 edition of Make Your Own Convenience Foods

~Cindy~ said...

still using pan spray here too...but have wondered about the oil bottles I have heard about..