Ways to Save: Make Your Own Cooking Spray

Ever wonder how an 8 ounce bottle of cooking spray costs around $3.50 when you can buy a gallon of vegetable oil for less than $7? With a little do-it-yourself ingenuity, you can make your own cooking spray and save a bundle this year.

All you need is a spray bottle, which you can find at a dollar store or Wal-Mart, a bottle of vegetable, canola, or olive oil, and water. Fill the spray bottle halfway with oil, then top it off with water, and voila, nonstick cooking spray at a fraction of the cost. We gave it a test run, and the homemade version was equally effective at preventing sticking, so go ahead and give it a try and see how much you save.

The cost of an 8 ounce bottle of Pam is $3.50. To make an 8 ounce spray bottle of our DIY cooking spray would cost only $0.22. If you bought a new bottle of cooking spray once a month, you could save close to $42 in a year!

(We got this idea from Pinterest.)

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10 thoughts on “Ways to Save: Make Your Own Cooking Spray

  1. Dana

    Thank you for this handy post! I quit buying cooking spray a long time ago after I checked the ingredient list. Wasn’t sure about “propellent”!

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    1. Heather Brown

      If you just fill the bottle with oil, then when you spray it the oil comes out in a stream, not a mist. Addding the water makes it the right consistency for spraying as a mist. You can also purchase misters made for spraying oil (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=11318517). These misters can be filled solely with oil and have to be pumped, which incorporated air into the oil, cueing it to spray as a mist without the addition of water.

      1. tess

        I would note that those misters don’t actually use a propellant (hence the pump action). I’ve had the same Misto for almost 10 years.

        I’m going to do this, but I’d be wary of using any old spray bottle. Look for one expressly marked as BPA-free and food-safe. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

  3. Lori

    Love it! Have been worried about feeding my kids all the “unknown” ingredients on the PAM cans! And my husband will love the cost savings! Thank you!!

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  5. Kelley P

    Doesn’t it separate? Do you shake it before using? I had a pump style mister, but the oil seemed to go rancid in it faster than in the original glass bottle.

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