Today I'm going to share a recipe that is so simple, that you are going to kick yourself for not thinking of it sooner. I'm sure a lot of you out there use non-stick cooking spray, just like I do. But have you ever looked at the ingredient list on the back of that can?
Pam Olive Oil Spray: Extra virgin olive oil, soy lecithin, dimethyl silicone, propellant.
Ok, olive oil, that's good. But what about the other stuff? Soy, we all know that soy is a GMO crop, so that's no good. And dimethyl silicone? It acts as an anti-foaming agent, but is also used in textiles, paper, paint and varnish. Ummm, no thanks.
Now about that propellant... What exactly is it? According to ConAgra, their propellant uses butane and isobutane. Butane is used for things like fuel for BBQ grills, aerosol in hair spray and in cigarette lighters. Whereas Isobutane is a flammable gas that replaced freon in refrigerators, and is used in the manufacture of gasoline. Yummy, right?
So you can see why I make my own non-stick cooking spray. But there are other reasons too. One, it's cheap, one less item to buy, and two, it's green, with no more cans to throw away. It couldn't be easier to make either, with just two ingredients needed. You take olive oil and water, place them in a spray bottle, shake it up, and there you have it, non-stick cooking spray! I told you it was simple and easy.
DIY Non Stick Cooking Spray
1 cup filtered or distilled water
1/4 cup pure olive oil
1 food-grade spray bottle
Wash spray bottle and nozzle in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
Pour water and oil into the bottle. (A small funnel makes this much easier)
Screw on the spray nozzle, shake well and use as you would store-bought cooking spray.
Remember to shake well before each use, as the oil and water will separate.
Store in the refrigerator.
Notes: *Make sure to use filtered or distilled water in this recipe.
*Wash the spray bottle and nozzle with hot, soapy water, and rinse well, each time you make a new batch of this recipe.
*Keep spray stored in the refrigerator.
Do you use non-stick cooking spray? Try my homemade version and let me know what you think!