“ Type: Olive Oils „
Fry light is the only calorie controlled cooking spray that promises to reduce the intake of calories if used instead of oil or butter.
I wanted to give the butter spray a try, and I must say, I'm still not blown over, even though I do use it from time to time. It still has that artificial smell to it, I don't know why, but it's just not welcomed by my smelling buds.
It promises to use at least 30 % calories less than oil when cooking, and it recommends 5 sprays per meal.
Let me start by saying that 5 sprays is just not enough. If you have a good non-stick pan, you don't need the oil, if you don't, you need way more than 5 and it really does depend on what you are cooking. If you want a nice steak, the spray just doesn't do it. Neither does it work for some nicely friend onions. ON the other hand, if you want to fry up some eggs, mushrooms or bacon, the spray is perfect.
Because its vastly recommended to the Slimming World members, I decided to try it while baking their most famous chips, and I must say I enjoyed that. I didn't need to make my hands dirty by adding oil to bake them, and they coated nicely in the spray, though I used close to 10. If I was to use a teaspoon of regular oil, it would have translated in 5 ml, which would have meant 25 sprays. Using regular oil would have meant massaging each chip to get it coated well, where as Fright Light was just sprayed evenly onto fries, resulting in less of it used. The Fright Light spray used amounted to 25 calories, whereas regular oil was around 45 calories, so obviously there is a difference. And cutting down a few calories here and there soon add up. Still, there are times I rather run up and down the stairs a few extra tens of time and just use old plain olive oil to cook.
I still don't like the smell, but it might be just me. It does its job, and in a world keep on reducing the calorie intake, it's great! I will continue using Fry light and all the varieties, but only partly, I can't give up my regular oil forever!
I thought I'd choose the "Butter" version of Frylight as it's the one I'd use the most often.
The others I have tried are Sunflower and Olive Oil varieties.
I was initially attracted to the "1 Cal" spray claim, and although the bottle isn't huge, it does last a long time - especially if you are only spraying it once!
It has a pump spray which can be quite difficult to use. My mum has arthritis in her hands and she couldn't use the pump at all. I've sometimes found it so hard to spray I've had to use two hands and succeeded in missing the pan completely while the bottle shot across the kitchen!
It is an OK substitute for the real thing, good when you want a slight taste of butter without the fat, but its main advantage is in the taste, not its frying ability. To be honest, if you have a good quality, non-stick frying pan you can do without oil or spray of any kind and simply dry fry whatever you are cooking.
I tend to use it more in grilling and baking, on things like potato wedges, or else give a quick squirt into a baked potato.
I don't feel Frylight enhances the browning of food.
The ingredients include sunflower oil, emulsifier, water and alcohol (?) but of course no butter! It's not designed for you to use a lot, and with those ingredients I'd rather not.
The Olive oil is good to quirt on a salad for flavour, but not much advantage in cooking.
The Sunflower one doesn't seem to have much flavour at all.
Available in Tesco at £2.29 - but right now the sunflower one is on offer at £1.99.
In conclusion, it's a good product to liven up certain foods if you are making a big effort to cut down on fat, but keep it out of the frying pan!
Cooking is my greatest hobby so I try and make my recipes as healthy as possible and cut down on calories without losing taste from the food, I also have to be very cholesterol aware as my husband had a minor heart attack 4 years ago as a result of a blocked artery directly linked to having too much cholesterol in his blood, so I am always on the hunt for cholesterol free and low calorie products.
I was in my local Tesco last year browsing the shelves when I spotted Fry Light butter flavour spray oil. On closer inspection the product states it is the only 1 cal spray, is ideal for roasting, basting and shallow frying. It also has no cholesterol , wheat or gluten and is suitable for vegetarians and the best bit only 1 calorie per spray. I decided to buy some and put it to the test.
The first thing I used it for was to fry some mushrooms for breakfast. As soon as I sprayed the frying pan there was an unmistakable smell of real butter, the mushrooms fried perfectly sliding easily around the pan with no sticking, but be careful to keep the heat lower than normal to avoid burning. You need a bit of practice to get used to how many sprays you need depending on how large a frying pan you are using, and how good a non stick coating you have. I find for something like frying mushrooms 5 to 7 sprays is enough in my large non stick frying pan. The mushrooms fried to perfection and had a lovely buttery taste.
Since then I have used Fry Light butter flavour spray when making many things, including garlic bread, roast potatoes (par boiled first), which always turn out a lovely golden colour, fried and baked fish and used it as an alternative to butter with jacket potatoes.It is also ideal for greasing roasting tins, and baking trays.
Fry Light comes in 250 ml canisters and retails around the £2 mark depending on where you buy it from. One canister lasts me for months so it works out quite cheap.
They also do an Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray which I have used with the same results and a Sunflower Oil spray which I have not used.
It is recommended that you give the canister a good shake before using this helps to keep the pump free from clogging which has happend to me occasionally but not enough to become annoying.
Last year when Dave and I both chose to follow the Slimming World healthy eating programme we found that before we could change the way we ate we needed to change the way we shopped. We would need to eat much more fresh fruit and vegetables and cut out the fat and sugar as much as possible.
After looking through the diet information and recipe sheets I noticed that any products needing oil, such as roast potatoes and chips, were to be cooked using a product called Fry Light.
When I was shopping in Tesco I did a bit of investigation and found that there are three varieties which are called Fry Light Sunflower Oil Spray, Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray and Fry Light Better Than Butter Oil Spray. They were all priced at £1.49 for a 250ml carton.
During the year we have tried both the Olive Oil version and the Sunflower Oil version and we really liked them both.
When I needed to replace the one that had almost run out the only one that was available for sale at the time was the Butter version so i decided to try that one.
As with both of the other versions the carton is made completely from plastic - so it can be fully recycled then!
The pull off cap is bright green in colour (each variety has a different coloured lid) with the words 'the only one cal spray' written around it. The rest of the carton is in shades of yellow with pictures of buttercups and the words 'Fry Light' and then 'Better Than Butter' written across a picture of a red tape measure.
The other information on the front of the carton is 'for low fat cooking - less 1 cal per spray - no cholesterol - non stick - economical'.
There is a lot more information on the back of the carton giving nutritional values, instructions for use, tips and suggestions for use.
To use the oil first you have to shake the carton well then you just pull off the green cap and then the oil is dispensed by means of a white pump action spray which means that just the right amount will be used. When the oil comes out it looks white but I guess that it because there are so many little bubbles in it to facilitate the spraying process. Within seconds it is clear again and does not colour the food.
The thing I noticed about this one is that as soon as I sprayed it the smell of butter was quite strong. I was a bit concerned whether thus would taint the food and / or make it taste greasy.
I need not have worried - I found that this spray works just as well as the other two did and did not change the taste of the food in any way and certainly did not taste greasy at all! It just goes to show how the smell of something provokes a reaction in the other senses.
I have just found that all the things that I cooked using the spray turned out to be delicious!
So far I have used the oil to cook chips - yes you did read that correctly - I peeled the potatoes, cut them into chips and par boiled them. I then spread them on a baking tray, sprayed them with Fry Light and baked them in a hot oven. They tasted great! I used about 10 sprays so 10 calories.
I also use the spray when making a cooked breakfast; I spray the mushrooms and tomatoes before grilling them to go with our cooked breakfast. When we have a roast dinner and I do the roast potatoes and parsnips in the same way that I do chips and they are superb!
I am very impressed with this product as it is helping us to eat the foods that we really like at a fraction of the calories. Of course if you can eat the foods you enjoy you are a lot more likely to stick to the diet and keep the weight off once you have lost it.
As it is only used a few sprays at a time the 250ml carton lasts us about 6 weeks and now that I have discovered it I won't be using anything else.
I always thought that, if you were dieting, the frying pan should stay in the cupboard but not any longer.
Incidentally we have both lapsed in the diet recently with my birthday in November and Christmas on the way but we still use the Fry Light and will be back on track in the New Year!
Recently I have been looking for more ways to reduce my fat and calorie consumption, in order to lose a bit of weight and have a healthier diet. Seeing as I often do stir fries or curries in the frying pan, and make lots of roast potatoes, one of the biggest additions to my fat intake comes from cooking oil. I was therefore really pleased to see this Fry Light Spray in my local supermarket.
Whereas normal cooking oils can contain around 300 calories and up to 30 grams of fat per tablespoon, which is a disgusting amount when you think about it, Fry Light contains less than 1 calorie per spray. According to the packaging the equivalent amount of normal oil would contain 30 calories. Apparantly the spray also contains no cholesterol and very little fat.
Fry Light comes in lots of different flavours, including rape seed oil, extra virgin oil, sunflower oil and butter. The only one available when I was at the supermarket was butter flavoured so I picked that one as I am not opposed to a bit of butter on my potatoes.
The spray comes in a can which looks like a chunky deodorant can. It contains 250 ml and costs around £1.50. Mine has a best before date on it of about a year in advance.
The spray can be used in frying pans or roasting trays and is suitable for use with any food including meat, vegetables, eggs, pancakes, pasta etc.
I used it first to make some roast potatoes and it was very easy to use. The potatoes didn't stick to the tray and they cooked evenly, although I did find that they had a crumbly, fluffy texture to them rather than a crisp texture which is a shame because I like mine quite crispy on the edges.
The main problem though was the taste of the potatoes. If you really love butter then you might find the taste acceptable but I was shocked by quite how buttery this is. It is like you have an entire tub of butter on each potato. I couldn't taste the potato at all, just the incredibly strong butter taste.
This spray is not for me because of the excessive taste, however I will probably try the others in the range to see if they are more palatable.
Fry Light Better than Butter:
After the other half's recent shock heart attack we have been living on a 'cardio-proactive' diet as recommended by The British Heart Foundation. We have had to change a lot of our diets and one of the big no-nos is saturated fat. With that in mind I browsed round the oil section of the super market and I noticed the Fry Light range of spray oils. I chose the buttery one for use frying onions and to add a little flavour to mash potatoes.
The spray comes in a pump action container made of plastic with a green plastic lid. I actually hate the packaging as I find it garish but it serves it purpose well. There is loads of information on the package including nutritional info, suggested uses, ingredients etc.
The spray allows you to use less fat, (only 0.1g per spray), but it isn't actually low fat with 55.2g per 100ml but for a 10" pan you only need 4 sprays as opposed to the amount of butter or oil you would use for the same pan. It also has no cholesterol, (although recent studies that cholesterol we digest has little/no effect on our cholesterol levels) and only one calorie per spray. The spray is vegetarian, gluten/wheat free and it contains no artificial preservatives or propellant gas.
The ingredients of the spray are: sunflower oil, water, alcohol, soya lecithin, E473, Vitamin E and flavour. It might sound weird that there is alcohol in there but only a very small amount is used to keep the contents fresh and it completely evaporates when you use it.
I find this very easy to use and it gives good results. I use a couple of sprays in my pan for frying and browning meat etc and it really helps prevent things from sticking which is a good thing. I also spray a couple of sprays on top of my cottage pies etc to help the potato go brown and crispy and it works well for this too and is much healthier than the blobs of butter and cheese I used to use!
The taste is similar to a buttery spread instead of actual butter when it tastes good with things like fried onions and mushrooms which is what I wanted it for really. I also use it for mash to give a butter-like taste which is nice too.
It cost me £1.49 at Tesco which is an absolute bargain as it will last ages and ages. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone watching their figure or who needs to cut out as much fat as possible.
I have been using Fry Light for years as an alternative to cooking oils and lard, and have just tried the new "Better Than Butter" spray.
For those of you that are unfamiliar to Fry Light, its a spray that you can use when cooking instead of oil, lard, or butter. The bonus is that it has considerably less calories than all the other options, at just 1 calorie a spray. You do need several sprays to get a good coating, but still the calories dont add up to anywhere near what you'd use with oil. The Fry Light comes in a plastic version of an aerosol can, with a spray pump at the top which you use to dispense the oil.
When spraying the oil in to the pan you get a pleasant buttery smell - much better than the smell of the original Fry Light which smells a bit plasticky. It allows you to cook stuff without it sticking to the pan, which is great! I use this for cooking anything and everything - just use it in place of your usual oil.
This is a butter flavour sunflower oil and soya lecithin emulsion non-stick cooking spray, for shallow frying, roasting and baking.
It comes in a 250ml can, which lasts me ages! One can replaces up to 7 litres of oil.
There are lots of ideas for usage on the can - garlic bread, chips, roasting meat... you'll soon be using it on everything.
Its suitable for vegetarians, and its gluten and wheat free for those of you with allergies. There's no artificial preservatives or propellant gas. There is however one E number in the ingredients... but only one!
Overall this is great for the kitchen, I use it all the time with good results and haven't used proper oil for cooking in years.
Frylight is fantastic, it's a very low calorie spray cooking oil which is designed to replace conventional cooking oils. Each can costs around £2 depending where you buy it from and lasts for ages as you dont need to use much during cooking.
Each spray contains just 1 calorie and replaces up to 30 calories worth of oil with a wonderfully buttery flavour so is fantastic for anyone watching their weight or being concious of what they eat. I use Frylight for all of my cooking, it's great for making chips and also makes lovely light and crispy roast potatoes. It can also be used for frying eggs though I find you have to be careful not to have the heat on the pan too high overwise the frylight evaporates too quickly and the eggs can stick.
One little critisism I have of frylight is that towards the end of the bottle it can be very hard to get the spray to work, I often have to throw out cans with quite a bit left in the bottom as the spray doesnt appear to be long enough.
That said I love this stuff and wouldnt go back to normal oil or butter now. My thighs and tummy love me for it
Spray 250ml. The only 1 Cal spray. Butter sunflower spray.