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Oil sprayers.

noel's picture

Oil sprayers.

I am wondering if anyone here has had expierience with the refilable oil sprayers that work by being preasurized by hand pumping. I had one several years ago and it clogged up and stopped working after a year or so. I am thinking of getting another one because I hate the idea of buying disposable areosal cooking sprays.

aloomis's picture

If it's greasing pans, try combining 1 part liquid soy lechitin and 2 parts vegetable oil in a blender.  A little dab smeared on a pan takes care of sticking.  I saw this in Laurel's bread, but I think Alton Brown suggests it also. It's much more viscous than oil, and doesn't come off easily in water.  I think the oil is just there to thin the lechitin out.

noel's picture

Thanks for the advice I am mostly looking to lighly oil bowls, parchment paper, et. al. 

KREBSch's picture

@noel- Is this just for occasional usage or are you spraying often?

If you are a professional user, you might want to look at buying a handheld electric food gun-they are reasonable in cost, powerful , easy to clean and last for years.  Will save you a lot of time and much easier to apply the right amount of materials.

You can buy under the Matfer, Alexo (Schneider), Comi Phase (Unilever) or KREBS Switzerland brands.

I've attached a picture below:


KREBS Switzerland LM25 and LM45 Food Gun



gmagmabaking2's picture
gmagmabaking2 carries a pump oil sprayer... I have over time gone through two of them and they are really great and not expensive.

HeidiH's picture

It doesn't make an aerosol-type spray any more but I've had it for years and manage to coax it back to life when it clogs with a good soak in hot water.  One of the nice things about using a pump instead of something from a can is that you know exactly what's in it.  Unlike many of the aerosole sprays, you don't end up with a film that's hard to remove.

From my experience, don't expect the hand pump to give as even a spray as the canned.  And realize that you will have to stop and pump between sprays.  If you want to use it for bread crust, you might want to go over the little drips with a brush to spread them out.

I know it sounds like I'm giving the down sides but I haven't bought canned spray in years.  I find the hand pump very handy for making olive oil-based baklava and spanakopita.  Filo is much less sinful that way and certainly using olive oil instead of butter can be justified as "regionally appropriate" to the Eastern Mediterranean -- or at least that's what I tell myself.

When I thought I had killed mine (false alarm) I spent some time reading reviews of others on Amazon.  You'll find quite a few there.

noel's picture

Thanks for the advice. I guess I should have done the same with mine. I have never used the aerosal spray at home and it always bothered me to use it at work. Right now I just use a bowl of oil and silicon brush. I think this uses up too much oil though. I guess I'll give the pump another try.

noel's picture

Thank you so much to all who answered me. I love this forum and how everyone is so helpful and friendly. And how quickly people respond to my questions.

swtgran's picture

I am thinking about just buying one of those small spray bottles for a dollar, not a pump one, just a trigger squeeze one.  I have seen videos of people using those and I would think it should work fine.  Terry R.

noel's picture

I have a small pump spray bottle for misting plants. Is that the kind you mean and is there any trick to modifying it for oil? I couldn't find anything on youtube about it.

HeidiH's picture

If you want to try a dollar-store spray bottle, there's a good discussion and a key to the food-safe plastics at

dlt123's picture

I have one of those hand pump oil sprayers and it clogs up every so often.  What I do is wash out the container, then add a little cleaning ammonia water solution in it.  Then pump it up and spray this cleaning solution through it for a while till it starts to spray out in a mist.  I then clean out the container and run clean water only through it till it's clean.

This has always worked and my sprayer mists again after I do this.  See if this doesn't help with your current or future oil misters.


fishers's picture

Wally World carries a food grade, hand-pump sprayer by Farberware, specifically for oil for about $10.

barryvabeach's picture

I have one and love it.    It doesn't have any name on it, and I got it for Christmas, so I can't tell you anything about it other than it has an outer cap that you turn to lock , once you unlock it, you use the outer cap to pump it up, and it gives a very nice spray.

Jen D.'s picture
Jen D.

I have been using this for all my cooking over the past 3 months. So far so good!