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Why we don't use some stuff.

Why we don’t use cooking spray.

We don’t use cooking spray.

There are many reasons why you will not find aerosol cooking spray in our home. Most traditional oil sprays, like Pam, contain propellants and alcohol. Also, it is over-priced and under-recycled.

Note the ingredients include grain alcohol from corn, lecithin and propellants.

I don’t care if there are organic or pure versions. They just don’t appeal to me. Neither does spray cheese – which I’m sure most of you don’t buy. You’d rather just have the brick of cheese, right? Well, that’s how I feel about oil. I’d like it to be non-aerosol. It’s just that on occasion being able to spray some oil can be convenient. Like when baking muffins. Several years ago I tried a gadget that you pump to create a spray without aerosol. It didn’t work well enough for me.

If you use this type of sprayer, and love it, great. Of course I am always searching for what will work best for me. My final solution was inspired by Alton Brown. He suggests using spray bottles (like the kind you would spray your cat with) for oil. What a smart man.

I found some amber bottles with sprayers at the Soap Dispensary to finally get what I want – an easy way to spray my pans and muffin tins in a more environmentally friendly way. The large sprayers are easier on my hands too. I have a bit of tendonitis so anything helps.

Here are the DIY instructions:

Pour any kind of oil into a glass spray bottle and then spray as needed. Funnels help.

Another great use for my stainless-steel funnel.

The amber glass will help prevent the oils from going rancid. I wouldn’t suggest plastic for obvious reasons. I think I will refill the oils at the Bellingham Community Coop so this is potentially another zero waste solution.

I love when a great idea becomes reality. Alton Brown is my idol.


Anything simple always interests me. ~David Hockney

Each and every one of us can make changes in the way we live our lives and become part of the solution [to climate change] – Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ (2006)


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “Why we don’t use cooking spray.

  1. I love my misti thingies – I’ve been using one for 15 years. Before that, we must have just painted the oil on or something. I’ve never bought cooking spray, don’t think I ever saw it in my moms kitchen either.

    Posted by Heidi @ lightlycrunchy | July 13, 2012, 3:53 am
  2. I used a spray oil years and years ago, but hated the cost and like you realized it wasn’t pure oil. I’ve been using a spray bottle ever since. As for the cheese in a can, my grandmother used to buy it because she loved it, but she was the only one, she used to just squirt it directly into her mouth. Yuck!

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | July 13, 2012, 11:35 am
  3. Great idea, especially using glass bottles to hold the oil instead of plastic.

    Posted by Melanie | July 13, 2012, 10:27 pm

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