Did you know that you can make cooking spray at home? Yes, if you know how to, then you can enjoy the benefits of homemade cooking spray that is free of additives and preservatives. As we all know that these artificial chemicals have a harmful effect on our health in the long run, it is better to switch to something that is natural and harmless to our body and wellbeing. Most foods that are available in the market nowadays are laced with harmful chemicals that cause diseases like cancer, so it is all the more crucial we consume foods that are simple and made at home.
These days less is more and it is better to lookout for homemade recipes within our kitchen. Cooking sprays have been around for a long time and they have always rescued us by cutting down on calories and fat. It seems sensible to use cooking sprays instead of butter, shortening or large amounts of oil. Nowadays you get organic cooking sprays, but even their quality is questionable. Sprays have been used for baking too instead of butter and oils because they are less messy, but one problem that was noticed is that cooking sprays leave unpleasant stains behind on the pans and dishes.
There is an easy way to work around this problem and that is to make your own homemade cooking spray. It is easy to make and works just like the store brought cooking spray. They are economical too. The best thing about homemade cooking spray is that you don’t have to worry about the harmful additives as you know what you are putting in it. The homemade cooking sprays don’t leave any gunk on the dishes, which is definitely a bonus point.
What does cooking spray have in them?
Before you start making your own cooking spray you need to know what goes into making these cooking sprays that are available in the market.
• Lecithin (emulsifier)
• Propellants like alcohol, propane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide
• Some sprays contain healthy things like dimethyl silicone and artificial flavors
• Genetically modified ingredients, which have higher levels of pesticide compared to the regular crops
• Overindulgence in soy increases the chances of harmful diseases like cancer
Sprays contain propellants that are not only good for you, but also for the environment. According to a lot of health experts, extensive use of cooking sprays have actually harmed our health instead of benefiting. We think we are reducing the calories and leading a healthy life, but the truth is for all us to see.
Ingredients to make your own homemade cooking spray
• Spray bottle that is able to mist, should hold at least one cup and not filled up to the top because the spray will need air to mist
• Canola oil, extra virgin oil, walnut oil or any other healthy oil
• Liquid lecithin, this is optional, but it will help the cooking spray emulsify better
Technique to make homemade cooking spray
1. Measure about 2 tablespoon of oil and pour it into a measuring cup for easy pouring into the bottle.
2. Measure a cup of water into a measuring cup and remove 2 tablespoon from it and discard.
3. Pour oil into the mister bottle.
4. Add water.
5. Add lecithin if you are using.
6. Now, shake well.
7. Stick labels if you are making more than one type of cooking spray.
8. Store the cooking spray in a cool and dry place away from light.
9. Shake well before every use as water and oil will separate over time since there are no chemical binders to hold them together
Roughly, you will need 1 part of oil to 5 parts of water. You can make many of these from different oils. Make sure you leave some space in the bottle for air. Don’t fill to the top. Lecithin can be added to make non-sticky cooking spray. Store brought cooking spray contain soy lecithin, an emulsifier that can come from animals and plants. They can be found at the local food stores, but if you are using non-stick cookware it is best to skip the lecithin as it will cause sticky buildup on the pans.
Purpose of Cooking Spray
• Use the homemade cooking sprays to grease anything
• Walnut oil cooking spray is great for spraying in muffin tins before pouring the batter
• Cleaning Crockpots can be easier when you use some cooking spray
• Cooking sprays are a great alternative for frying anything
• Spray some very little cooking spray before adding any seasonings to help them stay put
• Spray some cooking spray when the food is under the broiler as it will help the food brown better and in quick time
• Cooking sprays can be used to clean up the BBQ grills
• Spray some cooking spray inside food storage bags or freezer bags for items to easily slide out like frozen pizza dough
• Use the cooking spray to oil any measuring cup or spoon before you scoop out any sticky foods like peanut butter. These ingredients will come out easily