The Duane-Reade a block away from my apartment closed recently and during the last few days had great sales on stuff they wanted to unload. That is why I actually bought my Mistos. They were on sales for $1.19 each. Who could resist? At worst I could give them as house gifts (thereby violating my rule about never giving gifts the receiver has to keep). The deal was so great I bought FOUR! So now you know a little more about my character…I can’t resist a good sale.
Fast forward a few weeks. I’m busy in the kitchen and am about to reach for olive oil Pam when I remember I had this new gadget to try. I take my “good” olive oil and fill the sprayer – I press the sprayer and…Nothing! I’m a little perplexed, is this a total dud? Did I waste my $4.76? Now I’m forced to read the instructions (something I rarely do). It says “pump top cap until firm.” Huh???
I put the cap on and start pushing 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8.. I get it. It doesn’t want to be pushed anymore. Now I take off the cap and press the sprayer – WOW a really fine mist comes out (wish I had a better camera so you could see it better).
It settles evenly on my baking sheet. That was easy.
But the question remains was it really worth buying? I did have Pam why bother with an extra gadget? Here are the really BIG reasons.
1. It doesn’t use any chemicals. I really dislike the smell of aerosoled oil and it always makes me wonder what bad stuff gets in the food (maybe none or maybe – who knows).
2. You are in control of the quality and type of oil (or vinegar or whatever you want to spray). I don’t imagine that the corporations that makes aerosol sprays use extra virgin olive oil… I would guess they use olive oil from the second or third pressings.
3. It’s eco-friendly.
Here are some of the uses I’ve found for it (and I’m sure I will find more uses as I have it longer).
Perfect for a light salad dressing – and here is where two Mistos are genius…one for oil and one for vinegar. 4 sprays oil; 8 sprays wine vinegar – excellent!
Perfect for broiling or roasting potatoes or vegetables…spray the pan or foil, spray the veges.
Perfect to spray the Griddler (post 2 weeks ago) or waffle iron to ensure nothing sticks
Perfect for low fat sauteeing.
You can buy the Misto probably anywhere and certainly on Amazon. I think it’s around $10 and it now comes in very sexy colors. You can check it out at www.misto.com