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  • crn Sep 25, 2007 06:41 AM
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A friend sprays Pam Olive Oil on her salad instead of usin EVOO fom a bottle. Is that OK to do? I don't even know if there is EVOO Pam so I don't know if you'd be getting the same benefits. Any comments?

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  1. oil in a spray can has additives (emulsifiers and alcohol) so it can be sprayable

    1. Well, on the plus side, the Pam probably cuts back on the fat content of the salad, since a light mist gives you better coverage than a bigger drizzle from the bottle. However, the quality and flavour of said oil are probably very poor when compared to the real deal, and there are all sorts of additives in the Pam that you won't find in proper EVOO.

      I think you'd be a wonderful friend if you bought her an oil mister as a gift, so that she could spray her salad with REAL olive oil instead. :)

      1. I think there is EVOO Pam, but I prefer to put my olive oil of choice in an oil mister--similar to this one.

        http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

        ~TDQ

        1. doesn't kraft make dressing in a spray bottle now? it still has kraft additives but at least it was made to be used as a dressing

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          1. re: chocabot

            Wishbone makes Salad Spritzers which aren't horrid but there's more HFCS and water in there than anything else. It isn't bad and if the idea here is to reduce calories it is ok.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423648
            http://www.chow.com/stories/10728

            I use the bottle currently to spritz my own olive oil on salad. As someone mentioned, it isn't as fine of a mist because there's no junk in there, but it works.

            Neither the EVOO Pam or Wishbone is going to give the same health benefits as regular olive oil if health is the object. A fine spray is going to be too little olive oil to matter much.

          2. If by "is that ok to do," you mean is it going to hurt you, no. They suggest spraying it on cooked pasta as a flavoring. It's ok to eat without "cooking."

            As for whether or not I'd suggest doing so, THAT's another matter. It sounds really yucky to me! And I doubt you are getting any of the health benefits that you get from real olive oil.

            1. The manufacturer claims use of extra virgin olive oil. After searching "Pam spray ingredients", it appears that the sprays do not contain alcohol, emulsifiers, or other additives. [The search was a bit inconclusive, however, in that no specific list of inigredients was found].

              An inadvertant side search track led to info regarding toxic ingredients in PAM spray--insecticides sprayed against the Painted Apple Moth (PAM) in New Zealand.

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              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                PAM olive oil spray is EVOO, but you can be reasonably certain it isn't the highest possible quality EVOO. It also must contain a few other ingredients (alcohol and emulisfier have been suggested, as I've noticed it can leave a bit of a "glaze" on cooking surfaces that aren't just oil overspray.

                Having said that, I use it when making panini...I have a mister, but it tend to srpay in more of a heavy stream, so I use it more like a "drizzler", especially on things when the taste is going to be very apparent. However, between the heat of the panini grill being likely to kill any subtle flavors, and the desire to have a light, uniform coating, it's great for spraying the bread before pressing, it works very well. Just spray the sandwich, not the grill, to avoid the "glaze" i talked about earlier.

                As a final note, they do make an organic version, too, if you are really concerned about what the extra ingredients are...

              2. Get the mister if you are concerned with limiting fat to that extent. Pam is disgusting.

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                1. re: lagatta

                  I will get her a mister. I couldn't beleive she did that....it is kind of disgusting to me.

                2. I went to their website to check for myself. The first thing I saw was "Con-Agra",at which point I turned around and backed out of the website. I do not want to knowingly support that type of business.

                  1. Mazola does make a product that is a spray that has no additives, but what's big deal about a little olive oil on a salad?

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                    1. re: swf36d

                      I don't understand that either. I know some people have to be on very lowfat diets (and not just for weight loss) but there are ways of carefully dosing a very small amount of good olive oil.In almost all cases, a small amount of high-quality vegetable fat is a good thing.

                      1. re: swf36d

                        I'm guessing that the person is using the Pam spray just as a matter of convinence. [I bet I spelled that wrong.] If you weren't familiar with an oil mister, it might be an idea for a way to get a light, even coating of the oil on the salad, rather than tossing in oil, which can get heavy.

                        I'm betting they'll really like the idea of the mister, once they try it and see the flavor difference.

                        1. re: Ditdah

                          I find the oil misters you fill yourself get clogged really quickly, especially if you use better quality oil (which can be more viscous). I used to think it was just one defective model, but I've bought several and it happens every time.

                          Instead, I use pastry brushes to lightly coat pans or brush bread with oil. The silicone ones don't absorb oil so they spread more evenly (and they're easier to clean).

                      2. I often use Pam EVOO to coat a baking dish for easier cleanup. I would never think of using it as a food, on salad. Good quality, cold pressed, first pressed EVOO is an excellent food. It is not only delicious, but very good for your heart, digestion, and complextion.

                        Their is a misting contraption out there, I know. Where you use your own EVOO. Now that might be an idea.

                        1. Get a mister. Mine has never clogged, and gives a nice fine mist. Use it a lot -- for prepping saute, spraying on pasta, salads, etc. The Williams-Sonoma one looks neat. Mine is plain metal pump type -- no filter for herbs. Use good quality EVOO.