Quick Tip: Non-stick Spray (PAM) Substitute

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on September 27, 2008

I hate to spend money on non-stick spray (Pam).

Not only is nonstick spray expensive, but throwing those aerosol cans into the trash just irks me! More fodder for the landfill. . . And how healthy is the stuff anyway? What’s in the “aerosol” part? I’m pretty sure the green/organic folks wouldn’t approve.

So I tried buying a special “oil spray bottle” from one of those home parties (you know which one I’m talking about). After about a month of use it started clogging up. Ditto for the “Mr Misto” that I bought new in the box from a yard sale this summer for $.25.

But I have finally come up with the answer. It’s simple, it’s effective, it’s frugal-and it’s so easy you’ll be thumping yourself on the forehead with the palm of your hand and saying “duh”!

Here we go:

Use a few drops of oil and a basting brush.

That’s it! Just drip a few drops of oil into the cake pan, baking dish, crockpot, bread pan or whatever, then brush it around to coat with a basting brush.

Alternately you can pour a bit of oil into a bowl, dip the brush in and go from there. I always feel like I’m wasting some of the oil when I go to pour it back into the bottle, so I prefer the few drops method.

I particularly like to use the silicon basting brush I got at my local dollar store for this-the ones with the real bristles never really look like they’ve gotten clean. The silicon cleans off like a dream.

Tada! There you go-easy and cheap nonstick properties. Are you saying “Duh!”?

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