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Nov 23, 2004 02:17 PM

cooking spray- friend or foe

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I have never used a cooking spray- but am considering it for baking.

Any thoughts- any I should avoid?


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  1. it's great for non-stick, but not as an oil/butter substitute. just avoid the ones that are flavored for taste like "butter" flavor. I use it with all sorts of baked goods when I want it to not stick. I wouldn't use it instead of oil or butter in cooking because those things are adding flavor when you use them to cook.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Tamar G

      But do not use it on non-stick cookware. You will ruin the surface.

      1. re: Candy
        Caitlin McGrath

        That's one good reason to use a Misto-type mister, as it seems to be the propellants that make that awful sludge on nonstick pans.

        1. re: Candy

          really? why?

          I often use it on non-stick cake, pie and loaf pans without a problem (although I don't bake with regularity so my pans don't get a huge amount of use to begin with). Am I ruining things?

          1. re: Tamar G
            Caitlin McGrath

            It's fine on bakeware, but it puts a nasty deposit on non-stick skillets that's pretty much impossible to remove.

      2. Ugh!! Pam and the like taste disgusting! And don't even go near the "butter" flavored ones! My SIL uses them and I think they lend a nasty taste to almost any thing.

        I just use a spritzer and make my own spray. I have one for neutral flavored oils for baking and one for olive oil that I use for everything! So easy to spray veggies before roasting or coating a non-stick pan for sautéing. I linked to an expensive one from William Sonoma but you can find cheaper versions at any big box retailer.


        1. Baker's Joy is the product for baking.

          1. Trader's Joe's Canola Oil Spray does not leave the sticky residue after baking that Pam does. I use it all the time for all 'non-stick' uses--great stuff.

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            1. re: Funwithfood

              An enthusiastic second for this product.

              1. re: LBQT

                i just bought a can also, and love it - it's not as aerosol-y as the others, so no funky, chemical smell. it actually looks like real oil being misted onto the pan.