Cooking Spray

Sunday, 30 November 2008 | Tags:

A useful cooking accessory and alternative to using butter, vegetable oil sprays are a quick and handy way to create a temporary non-stick surface in your pan seemingly using very little fat. We find out more about cooking sprays to see if theyíre actually worth it.

The Basics

  • Vegetable oil cooking sprays tend to contain numerous emulsifiers, stabilizers, lubricants, preservatives, and propellants, so you’re getting a lot more than just vegetable oil.

  • Don’t bother with buying flavoured sprays, since the amount of spray used is so small, the intended flavour is negligible. Just stick to one all-purpose spray.

Other Considerations

  • Some people avoid cooking sprays for environmental reasons because of the excess waste from aerosol cans. However, there are refillable spray bottles (or misters) now available on the market that work just as well.

Be Aware

  • Although many sprays are advertised as virtually fat-free, check out the suggested serving size on the nutrition panel. When calculated for a reality-sized portion, it may not be as fat-free as you think.

  • Some sprays designed not to smoke or burn, even at extremely high temperatures, include partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are high in trans fat. Read labels carefully to make sure that this so-called “healthy” product isn’t actually doing you harm.

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