Sunday, April 10, 2011

Olive Oil Spritzer

I've mentioned that some people (my mother, my mystery Sunday night dinner guest, etc) think I have a lot of kitchen stuff.   I don't think so, really, but that's because I use it.   I'm quick to donate or sell whatever I'm not using, and I can't handle the idea of not being able to store all my stuff.  

So while Sous Chef Brian thinks I'm a hoarder, and mystery Sunday night dinner guest thinks I have way too much stuff (she has three blenders, FYI), and my mother, who is constantly buying me kitchen stuff seems shocked at it all every time she's in my kitchen, I think it's well curated.  I think I have the right kitchen stuff for me.  Minus the immersion blender of my dreams, and maybe a functional food processor.  But even if I had these things, where would they go?

That's a lot of lead-in to talk about my olive oil spritzer.  From time to time, I'll talk about the things I use every time I cook, and this is one of them.   

Here it is:
The Internet says I should take photos outside - sure, better lighting, but I don't know about raw chicken in the back yard.
Very simple.  You open it up, add olive oil (or something else, but I only use mine for olive oil) and pump the lid to add pressure. 

Then you can spray it onto foods that need just a misting of oil - things you don't want greasy.  Things you want to brown lightly.  Things you don't want to stick. 

Sure, you could go out and buy non-stick cooking spray, but that isn't food.  The only ingredients in the olive oil spritzer are air and olive oil.  No propellants.  No propane, no butane.  No aerosol cans. 

The Internet says you can make your own cooking spray by mixing oil and lecithin in a spray bottle, but if you don't keep lecithin around the house, or you're vegan and looking at non-soy lecithin and wondering to yourself about the source, a pump bottle like this is $10.   I've had mine for eight years. 

There are plenty of other brands available in the same price range - I'm not trying to advertise this one, it's the only one I've used, but you know, something like it.  I'm not brand-oriented.

Have a favorite cooking tool, or some extravagant thing your friends and family mock you for?  Want to tell me the propellant in cooking spray is safe to eat and won't harm cookware?  Let me know in the comments.

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