Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Frugal Home: Homemade Nonstick Spray

Well, for the third night in a row I am sitting here in the middle of the night wide awake listening to my daughter coughing. It's a mom thing: they cough, but stay asleep, while we (with our mom instinct on full alert) are wide awake in case they need us. So, rather than wander around the house aimlessly I thought, "Hey, why not blog?".

If you read the ingredients on a bottle of no stick spray oil you will see that the main two ingredients are canola oil and lecithin. Plus a bunch of accelerants that we should probably be doing without.

Liquid lecithin is readily available in liquid form and it is the ingredient that makes the nonstick spray "nonstick". Mix one part liquid lecithin and three parts oil in one of those handy oil dispenser thingies. Sorry, it's late. You see these oil dispensers being used by Food Network chefs to drizzle oil into pans.

The lecithin settles to the bottom, so you do need to shake the mixture up before using. This mixture is wonderful for oiling casserole and baking pans. It makes washing up so easy, the food washes off with little scrubbing.

Another trick with lecithin is to add a small amount to your bread dough when baking. It enhances the gluten in the flour, enhancing the rising.

Time to try to get some sleep...

God bless,

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