“ Type: Cooking Oil „
I started a diet and needed some spray oil. In the supermarket at £1.41 for a 200ml bottle in asda it was cheaper than others and doesnt contain alcohol. I have previously had those that contain alcohol and found they can taint the taste of some delicate flavours. This is also not an aerosol but a spray. At only 3 calories per spray it is a fraction of the calories and fat of normal sunflower oil.
As i said i bought this as i was on a diet but have found it really useful in cooking and baking. Instead of having to use normal oil and a brush i can just spray the baking trays/tins saving time and washing up. I have had the bottle now about 3 months and there is still about half left.
With normal oil it is easy to use more than you need when pouring from a large bottle but with this you only use what you need. So overall probably cheaper and much healthier than normal oil. The polyunsaturated fatty acids it is good for your heart. It also has Vitamin E in. It is suitable for vegetarians so if like me you dont drink or eat certain meats it is ideal. No animal fats no alcohol.
I will continue to stock this even when not dieting as it is just so convenient and healthy!
I have recently been trying to lose some weight and I am almost at my target and I am doing well so far and I recently needed some cooking oil and while I was at the supermarket and was looking on the shelves, I noticed this spray oil in a canister and it caught my eye and I thought I would give it a try and see how I liked it.
It comes in a large canister and for 200ml it was priced at just £1.20 and there is a spray nozzle at the top with just a small hole to spray the oil into a saucepan and it also has a top to replace when not in use.
It is a emulsified Sunflower spraying oil with added Vitamin E and is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids keeps the heart healthy used as part of a healthy diet.
It is ideal for grilling, frying and shallow frying and all that is needed is a quick 1 second spray from a distance of around 6 to 8 inches from the pan and it is ready to go and the spray is quite fine and sprays evenly into the pan but I found it is not so good for frying thicker chips that need a deeper fry.
I thought it would be a disappointing oil to buy but I could not have been more pleased with it, I found it excellent and the pan was cleaner than when I have used other cooking oils as I tend to use more with those kind of oils but with this one it was absolutely brilliant and the food when cooked tastes just as it would taste if grilled not fried.
The texture of the food does depend on how much you spray onto the food or in the pan but the quality of the oil is a very good one.
One short spray contains only 3 calories, 0.4g Vitamin E and 0.3g of fat and little else, which is brilliant for my diet and the food tastes so much better with this one as only a little is used.
Per 100ml it contains 522 calories for people who want to work out how many calories per 100ml as it can be easier for some people worked out that way for anyone on a diet as it can be important.
As it is a spray, it is very easy to clean the pan after use, all that is needed is a quick wipe with some kitchen roll and clean in the usual way you may clean your pans/
My hubby used some of this spray on the BBQ recently, he just sprayed the rack and also sprayed a tiny amount over some of the food, as only a small amount is needed for using in this way.
I do not know how long a canister will last because I have only just tried it but it appears that a little does go along way and I would recommend it to anyone to give it a try as I do not think you would be disappointed and for anyone on a diet or cutting down on the calories, I think it is very good to use but for deeper frying I would say it is not so good as this spray is more of a shallow frying spray and nothing else in my opinion.
I give this a 5 star.
Thank you for reading my review.
While doing weightwatchers about 6 months ago I was looking for some cooking oil spray in my local supermarket. We'd been recommended to use Frylight but this was all they had on sale where I went and I bought it assuming it was a similar product.
This is an aerosol spray can with the familiar Flora packaging of green with the Flora logo on and says on the front that it is a "Sunflower Oil Cooking Spray With Vitamin E." In smaller writing at the bottom we are told it is "Ideal for stir frying, roasting, grilling and shallow frying."
~~~How to Use~~~
Like I said, this is an aerosol can not a pump spray which means it dispenses continually and the instructions on the back tell us to hold the can upside down and spray the pan evenly for 2-3 seconds from a distance of around 6 inches. As this is an emulsfified oil you must shake the can well before use. We aren't told to store this in the fridge and you probably can't but I found that mould was growing around the nozzle on my can so make sure you keep it really clean. This of course may be just because I've had it nearly 6 months, but there is nothing on the packaging to say how long it keeps for either.
It covers easily which makes it handy to use quickly while cooking and can be sprayed directly on the food if you're doing roast potatoes or similar. I used it mostly for roasting vegetables or cooking homemade potato wedges as a light coating on the pan then the food seemed a lot better than having it swimming in oil. I don't shallow fry much so I never used it for that but I did find it useful for greasing my George Foreman and it stopped the food sticking which was good. The oil does smell a bit funny and I certainly wouldn't want to eat it on it's own or in large amounts but the small amount you use in cooking means you don't taste it. It says it's suitable for salad dressings but persoanlly I don't fancy the idea!
When I bought this I assumed it was just like Frylight, which is a 1cal spray and very low in fat. With Frylight each spray dispenses 1cal worth of oil and they recommend about 6 or 7 sprays so that's still less than 10 calories per serving. However when looking at this more closely now I realise it is actually very different. One serving, which is 2-3 seconds use, provides 39 calories and 4g of fat. Which for someone doing WW or a similar diet is rather a lot so this certainly is not a diet product. However, it is half the fat that would be in the same amount of sunflower oil and you'd be using a lot more of that so for general use it is a much healthier alternative to using pouring oil.
As an alternative to normal sunflower oil this is definitely healthier (and will last you a lot longer!) and for that reason I would recommend it to anyone wanting to eat less fat.
But don't buy this thinking it is like Frylight or similar products recommended in slimming clubs, because it's a lot higher in calories than those. For this reason I give it 3/5.
Type: Cooking Oil / Manufacturer: Flora