What seriously? Don’t you know this amazing money-saving tip! Well, it’s time we share the secret with you guys and help you save a few dollars.
An olive oil spray bottle costs around $13 to $15 on Amazon. While if you buy a mister from a dollar tree shop and fill it with the correct quantity of olive oil and water, you save around $12.
Surprising! Right? Now let us get back to the question, can I use a regular spray bottle for olive oil?
Yes, definitely, you can use a regular spray bottle for olive oil. However, there is a trick to it.
This post will explain why and how to efficiently convert your regular spray bottle into an olive oil spray.
Why Do You Need an Olive Oil Spray in Your Kitchen?
We suggest you always keep olive oil spray on your kitchen counter and use it instead of an olive oil bottle. Let us state our reasons.
· Why Downpour When A Drizzle Can Do!
Olive oil is the best cooking oil; there is no doubt about it. But, every ingredient in the kitchen works best if it is used in the correct quantity. The same applies to using olive oil for cooking. Different recipes ask for a different amount of olive oil.
Some recipes ask for 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (a bowl of hummus requires 4 tablespoons of olive oil, but who is counting 🙃). However, recipes like salads just need a drizzle.
Moreover, because olive oil spray is evenly distributed, it is ideal for greasing frying pans to create a non-stick layer to prevent food from sticking.
So, here comes the need for an olive oil spray bottle or mister. Using an olive oil bottle will result in more oil than the recipe requires.
· When it Comes to Health, Less is More!
Even though olive oil includes heart-healthy fats, consuming too many good calories still contributes to excessive fat intake. Therefore, knowing how much olive oil you should add to food and consume daily is essential.
As a general guideline, 1-2 (1 table spoon=120 calories) tablespoons of olive oil per day is a suitable quantity to ingest. This applies to both – olive oil consumed for health reasons and olive oil consumed with food as part of your regular culinary routine.
One-second spraying of olive oil contains 15 calories. One or two times, spraying can help you fulfill the purpose of using olive oil and cutting down on your calories.
Read that? Now you know why you should be using an olive oil spray rather than an olive oil bottle in the kitchen.
How to Use A Regular Spray Bottle for Olive Oil?
If you have a spritzing oil spray bottle, you can fill it with pure olive oil and use it without hassle.
However, we all know that regular spray bottles are made for water or cleaning sprays, not for oils. They have minute nozzles that can get clogged if the thicker velocity of the liquid is passed through them.
And olive oil is even thicker than other cooking oils. So, what can we do?
It’s time to get tricky! We cut olive oil with water and make it thinner.
And don’t worry! Doing so will not affect your food and its taste in any way. In fact, on the positive side, it will cut your fat intake and still give you the full benefit of olive oil.
Pro Tip: If you are still not satisfied with the idea of mixing olive oil and water, you can use an emulsifier like carrageenan or guar gum to dilute olive oil.
How to Dilute Olive Oil with Water to Make a Mister?
Follow these steps to create a mister or smooth olive oil spray using a regular water spray bottle.
- Take a regular spray bottle and wash it thoroughly.
- Dry it out with the help of a clean cloth.
- Fix a funnel on top of it.
- Fill the bottle ⅓ with distilled room temperature water
- Then fill it ⅓ with olive oil.
- Leave the last ⅓ of the bottle empty
- Close and tighten the nozzle tightly.
- Lastly, shake it well.
How to Use a Homemade Olive Oil Mister?
Using your homemade olive oil mister is as easy as making one. You just need to take care of the following things.
- Oil and water do not dissolve into each other. Before using, remember to shake the bottle well to mix oil and water.
- Remember to set the nozzle setting to mist or stream for particular usage.
- Oil attracts dust and germs. Wash the spray bottle regularly to get rid of germs and greasy oil.
- Nozzles can get clogged. Keep a thin metallic wire handy if you need to open the nozzles manually.
Which Spray Bottle Is Best for Making Homemade Olive Oil Mister?
As discussed above, a regular spray bottle can work. However, for efficiency and convenience, you should consider the following options:
· Higher Quality Spray Bottle:
The higher quality of your spray bottle will help keep the oil fresh for longer and ensure the proper working of the spray.
· Spritz Oil Sprayer Attachment:
Olive oil is thicker and stickier than other oils and water. You can fill it in a regular spray bottle, but to be safe, it is better to invest in an oil-specific sprayer attachment.
· Dark-Colored or Spray Bottle:
Keeping olive oil protected from UV light will help in keeping its nutritional value and freshness intact for longer. Hence a dark spray bottle is recommended for long-term storage.
· Spray Bottle Made of Glass:
Glass spray bottles are also preferable for making homemade olive oil mister. They better safeguard the oil, and their cleaning is more effective than the regular plastic spray bottles.
So, now you know you can use a regular spray bottle for olive oil. Just keep in mind that finding a high-quality bottle that can handle olive oil and cutting down olive oil with water will make things much easier for you.