I’m not the kind of person that has to have every fancy little kitchen gadget that comes on the market. But I do recognize when there’s something that stands to add a bit of value to my life, whether that’s in the way of saving time, money, or making it a little easier to be healthy.
That’s why I got myself a Misto Gourmet Oil Pump Sprayer, and I use it ALL the time!
The Misto is a pump sprayer with a very fine misting spray nozzle. You fill it halfway with the cooking oil of your choice*, screw the top on tightly and then use the pump lid to pressurize the chamber. Pump about 10 times or until you feel resistance, and you’re ready to spritz!
Why use a Misto Gourmet Oil Sprayer?
1.) You can use the oil in your Misto like you would any aerosol cooking spray – to coat casserole dishes, frying pans, or cake pans before baking, sautéing, or grilling to prevent food from sticking.
2.) Spraying your cooking oil means that you can control the amount of oil you are getting to be exactly what you need, whether you’re spraying it in a pan or right on your salad.
3.) This pump spray works without chemical propellants, unlike store-bought cooking sprays, which makes using the Misto sprayer a much healthier choice as well. You know exactly what’s in your cooking oil spray, because you poured it in there yourself!
4.) The Misto is a more environmentally friendly choice – since it doesn’t use any aerosol to propel the oil, you’re not responsible for adding to the destruction of the ozone layer. Also, since it’s refillable, you’re not adding empty spray cans to the landfill every time you need more cooking spray.
5.) It helps you save money because it makes your cooking oil last so much longer. Pouring oil out of the bottle tends to give you way more than you need almost every single time, which means you’ll go through the cooking oil that much faster. Since I started using the Misto sprayer, my cooking oil lasts about ten times longer!!
6.) Using the Misto helps you be healthier too. Using less oil not only means saving pennies, it also means saving calories!
7.) Making your own cooking oil spray means you have more options than you do if you buy a can of cooking oil spray. You can use olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, truffle oil, etc.
8.) You can use the Misto to spray flavorful oil, lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar on top of salads, pasta, or vegetables.
9.) Mix oil & vinegar in the Misto to spray a light homemade vinaigrette dressing!**
The Misto is available in a variety of fun colors and patterns:
Tips for using the Misto Gourmet Oil Sprayer:
* I don’t recommend using coconut oil in the Misto sprayer, because coconut oil will solidify below 76˚ and it will clog up the sprayer. Similarly, DON’T keep the Misto in the fridge with other oils either because you will have the same problem. Just store the Misto at room temperature in the pantry just like you would your other cooking oils or sprays.
Try mixing a flavored oil or more expensive oil (like truffle oil) with a less expensive oil like olive oil to extend it that much more.
**Don’t use any oil mixtures with food particles in them – like pepper or herbs – since they can clog up the Misto nozzle.
Clean your Misto regularly as recommended below to keep it working well and your oil tasting good.
How to clean your Misto Oil Sprayer:
Clean your Misto every 6-8 weeks. Do NOT run it through the dishwasher. Instead, discard any remaining oil and fill the bottle halfway with warm water. Add one drop of liquid dishwashing soap. Replace the lid and pump 15 times, then spray for 15 seconds. Remove the lid and dump out the soapy water and rinse the inside of the bottle. Then fill it again with warm water only this time and repeat the 15 pumps and 15-second spray to clean the soap out of the nozzle. Rinse well and it’s ready to fill again!
What about you? Do you have any favorite money-saving kitchen gadgets?