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cooking sprays?

Been a while since I'v purchased the standard can of "Pam". Looking for another can this morning on my trip to the grocery store I was confronted with a few, new to me, choices. Pam w/flour, Pam w/butter, some new brands of butter spray, and a few different olive oil sprays.

Is there much of a difference in these different sprays or is it just another example of mass marketers selling the public a bill of goods?

I might add that I only use the spray on the outdoor grill and in baking.

Akk opinions are welcomed. Thank you.

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  1. I buy the butter flavored spray. I use the spray when I'm frying eggs and potatoes and greasing a casserole pan. My parents use the olive oil spray. I'm not sure if it makes much difference as far as taste goes..

    1. I always look for one that is pure oil (of whatever kind) without any flavoring or other nasty stuff. OO sprays can be limiting...they're not so good for spraying a cake pan or muffin tin, so I generally choose a neutral, corn-oil spray.

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      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        I used TJ's olive oil spray to scramble eggs in the other morning, and found the olive oil flavor too assertive. Which of the neutral ones do you prefer?

        1. re: heidipie

          Like Celeste, I prefer the TJ's corn oil spray.

      2. This is a case where you want to read the labels. Personally, I try to decrease the chemicals when possible. I've tried the butter flavored spray and found it had an artificial taste - sort of like those Butter Buds - fat free butter flavoring. Trader Joe's sells an olive oil spray with no chemicals except "non-fluorocarbon propellant". That is important to me, the environment - greenhouse gases and all. So, I use it for casseroles, to short cut some of the layers with phyllo dough, for oven potato fries and roasted veg., stir fries, omelets - that sort of thing. But olive oil and desserts don't usually mix. I think you'll like the TJ's olive oil spray for savory cooking. One last point: avoid inhaling the aerosol oil particles - very bad for the lungs.

        1. For baking pans, I use oil sprays with flour (this replaces the whole "butter and flour your baking pan" step). My favorite is Baker's Joy. I find the Pam w/ flour to be so-so in its release.
          For everything else, I use a basic canola oil spray

          1. Or you could forego all of these disgusting oils and use a brush to spread a small amount of oil around. They cannot possibly be good for you.

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            1. re: uman

              For me, who loves to make my own spanakopita, discovering I could cut down the labor intensive brushing of butter on 20 sheets of terribly fragile phyllo dough - tearing on each brushstroke, by spraying half of them with olive oil spray, which doesn't damage the phyllo, was a lifesaver. Before, I was exhausted after making a tray of spanakopita. Now, I probably only put about a half hour labor into it and I make them whenever I feel like it, which is a lot more often. And considering I'd rather eat spanakopita than just about anything - that spray olive oil is a miracle, I tell ya!

            2. I caved and bought one of those oil sprayers so I use regular old olive oil in a sprayer. But for baking I like the ones with flour -- they do release better than regular Pam.

              1. How on earth do y'all get your pans clean after using sprays for baking? I've used the regular can, and the ones with flour for baking, and both leave a sticky, gummy mess anywhere the baked item wasn't touching. So I can only assume that the bread or whatever absorbed the rest of the sticky gummy mess and I'm ingesting it. I also had one of the oil sprayers, and couldn't figure out how to keep it clean. The little bits of oil left in it get rancid, and make fresh oil rancid all the faster.

                Now I just use butter. Works great, tastes great, no mess. Outdoor grill, I use a paper towel with a bit of oil on it. Then use the same paper towel to start the charcoal.

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                1. re: JGrey

                  I try to spray only inside the cups when I spray muffin tins, and then wipe down a little with a paper towel.

                  But in the end, it's Palmolive with Oxy that cuts through most of the grease. I really do love the stuff.