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cooking spray- friend or foe

edinaeats Nov 23, 2004 02:17 PM

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

Any thoughts- any I should avoid?


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    Tamar G Nov 23, 2004 02:55 PM

    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.

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    1. re: Tamar G
      Candy Nov 23, 2004 03:05 PM

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

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        Caitlin McGrath Nov 23, 2004 03:58 PM

        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.

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          Tamar G Nov 23, 2004 04:57 PM

          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 Nov 23, 2004 05:49 PM

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

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        foodiex2 Nov 23, 2004 03:00 PM

        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.

        Link: http://ww2.williams-sonoma.com/cat/pi...

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          Karl S. Nov 23, 2004 03:38 PM

          Baker's Joy is the product for baking.

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            Funwithfood Nov 23, 2004 04:48 PM

            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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              LBQT Nov 23, 2004 05:18 PM

              An enthusiastic second for this product.

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                sg Nov 23, 2004 06:33 PM

                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.

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