There are several reasons to use oil when cooking. The most obvious being, so that your food doesn’t stick to the pan.
There are alternatives but none are perfect. There are non-stick cooking sprays but they are full of unhealthy additives and most break down with high heat. Teflon coated pans are great, because you can technically cook with no oil. However Teflon breaks down after a while (never heat a teflon pan with nothing in it). Which is why, whilst I am an advocate for good quality, heavy, stainless steel pans, when it comes to non-stick pans budget friendly is better. You can use them till the teflon starts to be less effective, then replace them cheaply rather than spending a small fortune…. trust me I have made this mistake before. But I digress!
Even with a non-stick pan the use of a little oil is beneficial. Oil is a great conductor of heat, and actually helps the food cook faster, more evenly and helps develop the colour and therefore the flavour of the food.
You can certainly cook without it but the results won’t be the same. This is where an oil spritzer comes in and is an invaluable tool for any healthy kitchen. Often just a spray oil is all you need, and a little spray doesn’t cost any WW points. It’s the perfect way to control the amount of oil you are using in your cooking but still getting all the benefits.
I have had more than a couple of these over the years, and have generally been very disappointed. They are wonderful when new, but clog quickly and become pretty much useless, so after a number of disappointments I gave up on this gadget. Then I was introduced to the Pampered Chef Kitchen Spritzer.
I have had mine for about nine months or so now and it’s still going strong! It clogged up once and I simply washed it in hot soapy water, let it air dry and it was as good as new. What’s even better is that it comes with a replacement spray mechanism, so in the event it doesn’t unclog with washing, you can just swap it out and you are good to go. Pampered Chef also sell replacements! Genius and environmentally friendly. The spritzer isn’t just for oil though, mix up some salad dressing and use it to spray a fine mist on your salad greens or anywhere a light spray is all you need.
If you don’t have a Pampered Chef consultant, I can highly recommend Erika Szeidl Lee, Consultant #688482
*I was not financially compensated for this post, nor did I receive a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*