This simple oil spray bottle on Amazon is a game-changer for the kitchen
I am wary of kitchen gadgets mainly because many feel like a solution looking for a problem. Here’s an avocado slicer that does the work of a knife; there is a tool for removing the corn from the cob, again doing the work of … a knife.
But sometimes gadgets make sense. A garlic press, for example, is technically a gimmick but obviously still useful for most home cooks.
So I’m here to tell you about an oil sprayer – apparently a gimmick – that is worth the money and is useful, even though it’s incredibly basic.
First, why buy an oil sprayer when cooking sprays, like Pam, exist? Well, first of all, because cooking spray cans are unnecessary, expensive, and can be dangerous for those responsible for recycling or disposing of them. In addition, cooking sprays are often not suitable for cooking at high temperatures. It smokes and takes an unpleasant black color of crude oil in the pan. However, a spray of canola or grape seed oil can withstand very high temperatures.
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However, a lot of the oil sprayers looked, for lack of a better word, crappy. They fogged up, practically leaked, but barely seemed able to give a good spray.
Then I came across this sprayer and a video that seemed to show it distributing a wide, even spray of oil. As someone who does a ton of air fry for work and cooks eggs almost every day while working from home, I could bear to reduce my use of cooking spray.
The oil sprayer I didn’t really know I needed.
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I ordered the sprayer for $ 16.99 from Amazon and it arrived after a few days. As far as I know, the NGECORS Oil Sprayer is a typical and random Amazon gadget, which means it is part of an invented brand that was shipped from China. NGECORS is a brand owned by Hunan Soft Power Information Technology Co., based in China. Either way, it’s basically of unknown origin, but so are a lot of things we buy online.
It came with rubber labels – I guess if you had multiple sprayers that would come in handy – and a nifty collapsible funnel to fill it with oil. The funnel worked great and loading the sprayer was fairly straightforward.
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So, the $ 16.99 question: does it vaporize well?
Quick answer: yes.
I used the sprayer for a number of tasks: greasing a deep fryer basket, frying eggs, preparing meat for the grill. He did all the tasks well. The sprayer has three settings, which basically equates to a direct stream and two levels of mist. There is really no use for anything other than the haze functions.
The bottle, all full.
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Does it make a perfect oil line like in the video? I mean … no, not totally. It is not such a smooth process. But it does a great job spraying a thick mist of oil, using just a quarter of a teaspoon of oil per squeeze the trigger. You don’t coat an entire pan with one spray unless you have a fantastic goal, but two or three might do the trick.
A few tips: It helps to hold the bottle upright; press the trigger hard; watch your goal. The sprayer really lets the oil blow away. It comes out quickly and in a horizontal line, so my main problem was that I often missed the pan while using it. A wandering spray pfffft against the backsplash in my kitchen.
Otherwise, I found the sprayer to be simple, functional, and easy to use. It’s not as good for spreading oil as a cooking spray in a spray can, but it’s 90% as good. For me, this is a huge victory.
Here’s a pic of me spraying a skillet before frying an egg.
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I fried the egg over high heat until it was great, super crispy at the bottom in an effort to show that the sprayer works great and the oil leaves no burnt residue, unlike the cooking spray.
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So yes, the sprayer is not the coolest gadget in the world. Let’s face it, this is basically a bottle of Windex oil. But cool doesn’t have to mean useful. The sprayer is useful and serves two purposes: to reduce waste and cook more efficiently. That’s more than you could say for an avocado slicer. And at $ 16.99, after spending a week or two with it, I think it’s worth the price.
A practical and functional kitchen gadget. Who would have thought?