Commercial cooking spray is typically made from a combination of vegetable oil and lecithin (or other emulsifier). Dispensed in a very fine mist, it coats pans and surfaces to prevent foods from sticking when grilling, sautéing, broiling, roasting or baking.
Sometimes cooking spray is used directly on foods to add low-fat flavor. It is an indispensable cooking ingredient for health-conscious cooks who are watching their fat intake, and it also has some practical uses around the kitchen when it comes to easy cleanup.
Cooking spray can be found in your supermarket's cooking oil section. It is available in aerosol and nonaerosol cans, as well as plain (original), butter or olive oil flavors. You may also find specific varieties for grilling (formulated for higher temperatures) and baking (mixed with flour).
To make your own spray, purchase a mister (available at most kitchen stores) and manually fill it with vegetable or olive oil at home.
Cooking spray should be stored at a cool room temperature and used within one year for best quality.
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