Make your own cooking spray & save a bundle!
I loathe spending money on frivolous things. Cooking spray is frivolous because you can achieve the same effect with plain old oil and a napkin, but I love, love, love the convenience of it. Store bought cooking spray does not fit into my frugal lifestyle or my monthly budget. The off brand hovers around three bucks and I can go through a can in a month. Nope. Not practical at all.
I figured I could make my own cooking spray about 5 or 6 years ago and I was right which makes me happier than it should. I had to fine tune it the first year, but eventually I arrived at a super mega awesome fabulous mix that gives the perfect amount of coating. Saving a little in many areas makes for overall frugal living, friends. That's what I like so much about simple and easy strategies like this one. Peace, B.
Here's all you'll need to make your own cooking spray:
a spray bottle, water, and olive oil
I most often use olive oil, but have also used grape seed and regular old vegetable oil. Both worked well. I just prefer the taste, texture, and performance of olive oil.
You want to be able to mist the pans, so be sure the spray bottle you use is capable of misting. The one I currently use cost me $1.79 at Target. It hold 12 ounces and is fabulous.
How to make your own cooking spray:
Mix in your spray bottle 1 part olive oil to 5 parts water. In my 12 ounce bottle, I add 2 ounces of olive oil and 10 ounces of water. Shake well and you're done. That's it. Shake the bottle each time you use it and make sure it is clearly labeled when you store it in your pantry.