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The 4 Best Cooking Sprays to Use

 Perhaps one of the most convenient items in the kitchen is cooking spray. They coat skillets and baking pans, with a perfectly even, never-too-thick layer of oil. With the help of cooking sprays, food doesn't stick, nor does it become overly greasy or soggy. But what's the issue with these cooking sprays? Unfortunately, there's usually more than oil in the can.

 

 

Here's what you're likely to see on the label:

Propellant

Propellant is a big problem ingredient with cooking spray, which, unless you've done some research, probably tells you nothing. In aerosol-style spray cans, a propellant is needed to force the cooking oil out of the pressurized can through the tiny spray nozzle. Propellant is typically a tiny amount of butane, isobutane, or propane - these are colorless, odorless gases derived from petroleum. There are, thankfully, some brands, especially organic ones, that are now switching over to compressed air or carbon dioxide propellants as a safer alternative. 

Soy Lecithin

Extracted from soybean oil, this cooking spray is used as an emulsifier so that the ingredients don't separate. It's also what makes such cooking sprays nonstick. Adding to this, the overwhelming majority of soy is GMO. 

So, with this in mind, what cooking sprays are safe to use?

 
Avocado Oil Spray
cooking oil
For a healthier alternative, opt for avocado oil. Avocado oil's smoke point (the temperature at which the oil begins to burn and break down) is 500°F, making it extremely versatile and ideal for high-heat cooking and grilling. 
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray
cooking oil
This type of spray is great for tossing a bit of flavor into pasta or a salad. You could also use it on the stove for frying an egg, or to lightly sauté some vegetables. This oil has a smoke point of 350°F and should be used for low-heat cooking only.  
 
Organic Canola Oil Spray
cooking oil
Organic canola oil is a rare find, however one brand you should keep an eye out for is La Tourangelle, ideal for just about any kind of stovetop cooking or baking. It's smoke point is medium high, at 400°F. 
Blend Oil Spray
cooking oil
Some oil sprays come as a mix of oils (opt for organic). This oil blend is a mix of safflower oil, avocado oil and coconut oil, designed for coating baking pans. Its high smoke point of 490°F means you can use it on the stovetop or the grill. 
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