While I do try to keep cooking spray on hand in my kitchen, I don’t use it that frequently. So every once in a while I’ll go to grab the cooking spray out of the cupboard, only to realize the bottle is actually empty! So what’s a girl to do? I’ve greased pans with either butter or oil in the past, and that works okay. But using butter or oil is definitely messier than using cooking spray, plus I feel like I’m adding unnecessary fat to whatever I’m cooking or baking.
But luckily for me, there’s an easy way to work around both of those issues. The solution is simply to make your own cooking spray! It’s easy to make, works just as effectively as the store-bought stuff, and you’ll save money too! And you won’t have to worry about mystery ingredients or aerosols, because you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into it.
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If you’re ready to give it a try for yourself, here’s how you can make it at home. It’s as easy as pour, shake, and spray!
Homemade Cooking Spray
1 part olive oil (or your choice of cooking oil)
1 part water
Misting spray bottle
Add equal parts of water and olive oil to your spray bottle. (My bottle holds about 5 ounces of liquid, so I used about 2.5 ounces of each.)
Shake well to mix the oil and water, and you’re done!
I used this continuous mist spray bottle I found on Amazon. It produces a fine, even mist that’s perfect for using with homemade cooking spray! But feel free to use any spray bottle you happen to have on hand.
Using Your Homemade Cooking Spray
Shake your spray bottle well before each use, as the oil and water will separate over time. Spray your baking pan or sheet lightly and evenly.
Your food will slide right off when you’re done cooking or baking!