12 Feb

Propellant in Pam? Use Misto instead

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to buy a Misto oil sprayer.








I’ve always been skeeved out by Pam’s ingredient list. As an alternative, I’ve been running into the bad habit of pouring a drop of oil into my pan and using wasting a paper towel to spread it around. That’s just inefficient.

Using a spray is beneficial because you tend to use less oil than if you poured oil straight into the pan. 

Let’s have a look at Pam, shall we.


A few alarming things. First, the ingredient list includes propellant. It’s an FDA approved food additive, but personally I don’t think propellant and food should be in the same sentence. When using Pam, you’re not using pure oil; you’re getting some grain alcohol (chemists, what is that?) and soybean lecithin. We can add Pam to the everlasting list of foods that surprisingly contain soy.

The second concern is the serving size. Who does anything for 1/3 of a second?! And, all of the nutrition facts refers to this 1/3 of a second spray. But, there’s a caveat on top of the label “A 1 second spray covers a 10″ skillet.” So, all of the nutrient facts are based on this 1/3 of a second amount that is not practical and really you must use a little over 3x the amount of the serving size to cover a pan. That makes no sense.

Just as I explained in my last post, companies can get away with listing items as “o gm” when it has less than 0.5 gm per serving. Because Pam is oil, and oil is fat, there is no way Pam has “o gm fat” as stated. It just has less than 0.5 gm in 1/3 of a second spray. So I bet if you use Pam for 1 whole second, you will be getting close to 1 gm of fat. Tricking the consumer? Yea, that’s what I thought.

Now that you don’t want propellant in your food, you probably want to know where to get Misto. It’s easy to find, it will be in most houseware stores. I got mine from Amazon.com for  $9.99. There are also some other companies that make similar aerosol oil bottles. Not only is it a safer, but it is money saving and environmental friendly because you use the oil you already have. All you do is fill the bottle halfway with oil, use the cap to give it a few pumps and viola – you’ve got your spray.