“ Brand: MN Foods / Type: Cooking Oil „
At the moment my hubby is trying to cut down on the amount of fats he eats and so I was looking to buy a less fat product to cook his food and for a change from always using a grill and to also use a product for frying his food and not to miss out on fried breakfasts etc. I spotted this on the shelf and decided to give it a try.
It comes in a tall,plastic slim line can, it looks just like a steel can but is plastic with the name on the front etc. It is lightweight and easy to hold. It has a pull off cap and a plastic nozzle at the top of the canister. It is really easy to press the nozzle to release the oil into the frying pan. It gives a fine mist and is not too heavy a spray for frying, just a nice light mist into the pan and over the food being cooked. It is ideal for frying bacon and eggs or any food you want to fry.
I have fried lots of foods using this spray and all you need to do is to just spray it a couple of times into the pan and away you go. It cooks food nicely but sometimes I have to just spray a little more into the pan so not to burn the base of the pan.
It is a sunflower oil spray and contains only 1 calorie per spray. A really low amount of calories compared to using an oil to fry food in my opinion and cuts calories compared to the oil products. It doesn't make the food taste bland at all and gives the food a nice flavour. I would say the food tastes the same as grilled.
I have used it to cook roast potatoes, I just spray around 6 pumps of the spray over the potatoes and roasted them in the oven, then just taking the roasting dish from the oven around half an hour and just spraying another couple of pumps on top of the potatoes and they then cook really well and do taste really nice.
This one is ideal for anyone who loves frying food but with less calories for a more healthier lifestyle and not missing out on eating fried foods. I have used it to cook Yorkshire pudding by just spraying around 3 pumps into my pudding tray and then adding the batter. I do find that the Yorkshire puddings don't rise so well using this spray but they are adequately risen enough to eat but I do much prefer to use oil for making my Yorkshire puddings and I don't really think this spray works as well for Yorkshire puddings.
With this spray you do need to use a lower heat because the food sticks to the pan and burns, but using a lower heat setting cooks the food nicely in my opinion and works well for frying.
It is a 190ml container and a little really does go a very long way and so the container does last for a very long way. I bought it for only £2 and so a good price in my opinion. it is extremely good value for money and good quality product.
This spray is a product that you have to get used to using in my opinion, although is easy to use it does take some time to get used to using the light spray rather than the oil in the frying pan or roasting dish. It is ideal for BBQ's, just spray the food first and then place it on the grill of the BBQ and the food tastes nice and crispy.
This spray is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I am happy with the way this spray cooks food and for shallow frying. My hubby loves omelettes and this spray cooks the omelette perfectly in the pan, it is a super spray for frying eggs. I have eaten food cooked using this spray and I am also happy with the way the food cook. The eggs taste just like a fried egg cooked in oil but with less oil coating the egg. The food doesn't taste bland and does taste quite nice. So I would say this spray isn't just for anyone trying to cut calories but for just frying and eating a little more healthily.
I do recommend this spray for anyone looking for a decent oil spray. I will buy it again in the future and I think it is good value for money and a good quality.
The container can be recycled after use.
Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I first discovered the joys of cooking 1 year ago when my baby started weaning at 6 months old. I did cook before that but now there was a small life involved it was time to get more complex. Fried egg on toast just wouldn't do anymore.
I have since explored dozens of new recipes many of them involving covering certain meats and vegetables in an even layer of oil. I found this a very annoying experience so tried many different methods, until I tried spray on oil.I chose the Light Fry one as it was the cheapest at £1.79 and the bottle looked easy to refill.
The oil comes in an average yellow looking plastic bottle with a big lid. When you remove the lid it reveals a normal spritzer type pump. I gave it a quick go too see how it worked. At first it was quite hard to press and only sprayed out a pathetic squirt. Imagine my dissapointment. A while later I was a bit bored so started reading the label. Right at the bottom it said it contains alcohol. I am no food expert or scientist so don't know why this is necessary. Living in an achohol free family this was not an option. I was a bit annoyed at this but not all was lost. I unscrewed the top which was very easy and and took the pump out. I then poured the alchoholic oil down the sink. Now this is sunflower oil we are talking about here. I always thought sunflower oil was a clear golden colour. This looked more like a thin watery PVA glue. This worried me a bit. I then gave the bottle a good wash and put olive oil in there.
A few days later I was grilling potatoe wedges and had to spray them with oil. The first 5 or 6 sprays was really difficult.The pump was very stiff and the spray didn't desperse properly so it took ages to get good coverage. However every other time I have used it it has become easier and and sprays evenly.
If you were to use the origional oil in there it is advertised that it contains one calorie per spray. This is so much healthier than deep fat frying. Great for dieters and more importantly for everyone to life a healthy everyday life. It is great for keeping chicken and other meat moist while cooking as you can add it while in the oven really easily. It also says its good for stir frying but I can't imgine this as it would be a bit hard work spraying frantically and stirring at the same time.
If it isn't one thing its another, there seems no end to the warnings we get concerning our eating habits. The latest craze seems to be that of cutting our salt intakes, apparently we are all unaware of the quantities of salt we imbibe on a daily basis. We don't read labels and are a bit lackadaisical when it comes to our eating habits. Well I guess I fit pretty neatly into that category being that I basically eat what I like when I like. I do kind of watch a little but generally what and when I like.
I'm not overly overweight but I like most of us probably could do with losing a few pounds. I'm not keen on giving up anything that I particularly like, so sugar stays in I may change from my usual dosage to a smaller proportion but that will of course depend totally on how I feel at that specific moment when the decision has to be made. One way of reducing your fat intake without too much hassle is to stop cooking those foods which require frying in heaps of oil. You know one inch of oil in the pan and then just chuck in what needs frying. Not healthy but they taste good don't they.
Another alternative, which incidentally works out way cheaper as well, is to fork out 90p for 250ml of Fry light spray oil. It comes I a nice plastic container with a pretty bright yellow top. The top has red writing on it stating that it is the only 1 cal spray, and indeed since I have failed to find another I have no reason to doubt this claim. The bottom half of the spray bottle (which does look remarkably like a can of air freshener) is delicately patterned with sunflowers and has the maker's emblem emblazoned across the front in large green letters. Below this emblem in small letters and in a light red colour is the word light. Beneath this there is a depiction of a measuring tape, which I guessing is to provoke the reader into interpreting the product as one, which will loose these extras inches. You are undoubtedly going to lose a little weight using this since your food is not going to be swimming in sunflower oil of vegetable oil should that be your thing.
Information down the side of the spray bottle indicates that one actuation of the spray will produce a squirt of sunflower oil with a fat content of .1gms if however you decide to use 4 squirts into a 10" pan say too cook an omelette then the fat content rises to .4gms . It also claims that each calorie of Fry light replace up to 30 calories from conventional cooking. It does also state that using Fry one cal requires you to cook on a slightly lower heat and that this in conjunction with the oil will reduce sticking.
So to the cooking test, I decide as you might have guessed from a hint earlier on to cook and omelette in a 6" frying pan. I used three squirts of the spray and as I sprayed I kind of waved my hand to coat the surface of the frying pan. It is advised not to heat the pan first. Switched on the gas a slowly heated the oil, then added my omelette mixture. Shuffling the pan about to avoid sticking I have to say there wasn't a hint of it. The mixture moved nicely around the pan. When I thought my omelette had reached the crucial point I added some grated cheese and a little chopped onion, waited a minute or so for the cheese to melt and then folded the omelette onto my plate. NO STICKING or hint thereof.
My dish tasted pretty much as it always did, but I did notice that there was no oil running around my plate as previously noticed. No one wants oil that is going to overpower his or her food whilst cooking, and this certainly doesn't, in fact you'd hardly notice it was there which I guess is the general idea. So to that extent it is a success. All in all I think I might easily be sticking with this if you forgive the pun. You can see the difference when you are cooking since there is no great pan full of smoking fat. Therefore there is no excess fat on your plate once your dish has been served up. I can't say that I really tasted this since there was so little on my omelette that the omelette was all I could taste. I think it is a great product and way cheaper by far than the extortionate prices they charge for coking oil.
Sunflower Oil 58%
Soya Lecithin (E473)
Fry light is suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free.
As a member of Slimming World, I use Fry Light products quite a lot, and so, on a recent trip to the supermarket, I was intrigued to find a new variety displayed next to the usual suspects on the shelf. It was advertised as "Fry Light Stir-Fry Spray Oil with Oriental Seasoning", and, as we do a fair bit of stir fry, I decided to give it a try.
PACKAGING & PRICE
The oil comes in a tall, predominantly black and yellow plastic 250ml bottle with a spray pump on top which is covered by a clear plastic lid emblazoned with "The Only 1 Cal Spray". It is busily decorated with vaguely oriental symbols and fonts, which should make it easy to spot on the shelf.
The product is suitable for vegetarians (it is both Vegan and Vegetarian Society approved and bears both marks on the labelling), and is wheat and MSG free and has no cholesterol. It does not need to be refrigerated and can be used up to six months after opening. I picked mine up at Tesco for £1.97 (on sale from its normal RRP of £2.39).
ABOUT THE FRY LIGHT BRAND
Fry Light is a great boon for those who want to cut down on their oil and fat intake. Most (if not all of their brands - including Salad Light) are about one calorie per spray, and for guidance, about five sprays will coat a medium sized frying pan. Its very versatile and I have used Fry Light extensively for just about everything I used to use oil and butter for (there is a Butter flavoured spray, as well as Sunflower Oil and Olive Oil varieties).
For example, I use it to fry onions, scramble eggs, shallow fry sausages and to spray on potatoes to be baked or roasted in the oven. I generally find it acceptable for most purposes, but if you are looking for real flavour - something only quality extra virgin olive oil can deliver - Fry Light isn't going to cut the mustard.
WILL IT WORK?
Stir-frying doesn't need a great deal of oil, so I was dubious about the benefits of a spray oil like this one. Normally, I would pour about a teaspoon of sesame oil into a heavy based wok, and then, with the corner of a paper kitchen towel, coat the entire surface area of the wok with a thin film of oil. That's all that's really needed. I also add Chinese spices when cooking - such as soy sauce, ginger, sesame, garlic and five spice.
The alleged benefit of this spray is that the seasoning is already in the oil, so you don't need to add anything extra. However, what concerned me (after I bought it but before I used it) is that for stir fry to be successful, you need to heat the oil until the pan is starting to smoke a little. If you do this with an oil that has flavouring already added, you risk burning the spices. It turns out I needn't have worried about it for reasons that will become obvious.
GIVING IT A TRY
Given my satisfaction with other Fry Light products, I was cautiously optimistic. I decided to use it to make a chicken stir fry with yellow peppers and cashew nuts, using fresh chicken breast. I sliced the chicken into thin strips and the pepper into square chunks.
At this stage, I would also have thinly sliced a clove or two of garlic and a considerable amount of fresh ginger, to add to the oil shortly before putting in the chicken, followed quickly by the pepper (the nuts go in right at the end). However, as the label advised that spices had already been added, I left my soy sauce on standby and didn't bother with ginger and garlic.
The instructions advise shaking the bottle well and then spraying the unheated wok. As suggested, five pumps were enough to coat it. The oil came out a brownish yellow colour (sort of like Dijon mustard) and once the wok heated up, it dispersed well enough. I added in the rest of the ingredients and cooked as usual, only adding soy sauce (as suggested on the label).
The instructions then tell you to spray the finished dish a few times and then mix at the end of the cooking. A few observations. Firstly, it didn't smell right at any stage - not when it was sprayed on, not when it was heated, nor at the end when on the food.
Secondly, there was only the vaguest hint of ginger and garlic seasoning, and whilst this may be down to personal preference, the bitter aftertaste certainly is not. I didn't burn the food when cooking, but it still tasted unpleasantly like burnt toast.
Given the disappointing results and the apparent waste of a perfectly good pepper and chicken breast (not to mention the lovely jumbo cashew nuts) I thought I should take a closer look at the ingredients. Although seasoning and spices are mentioned repeatedly, there is little evidence of it in the list of ingredients.
The predominant component is Vegetable Oil (49%), followed by an unspecified amount of soy sauce, water and emulsifiers. A little further down the list, after the ominous sounding E570, are the generic "flavourings". No wonder it was so insipid. Whatever the mystery flavourings were, they were a very poor substitute for real Chinese five spice, ginger, garlic and quality soy sauce.
An unfortunate waste of both time and money (even at the sale price), and a good reminder that the time invested in the use of real, fresh ingredients will reward you with real taste. The calorie savings in using this product as opposed to real sesame oil, sparingly used, is negligible compared to the massive sacrifice in taste.
It seems to me that they have got the balance of this product completely wrong. The fact that the bottle itself can't be usefully recycled rounds out the list of its completely un-redeeming features. The only reason its gets one star is because DooYoo won't let me choose "none". Steer clear.
© Hishyeness 2009 - previously published on ciao.co.uk under the same user name.