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Tuesday Tip | How to avoid overspray with nonstick spray

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(I thought about it for a long time and could not come up with a better title than that.  It’ll be what it’ll be.)

So, you know how when you spray a pan with nonstick spray, it’s easy to get spray outside the pan and on your countertops?

To avoid this, place the pan on your dishwasher door and then spray.

Any overspray will end up on the dishwasher door, where it will get washed away during the next cycle.

A slightly related tip:

This refillable Misto sprayer promised to be an eco-friendly, less expensive version of cooking spray.

I wish SO MUCH that I could tell you it works as well as commercial nonstick sprays, but unfortunately, it does not.

Misto review

I think the chemicals they put in the commercial sprays are what make them work so well or something.


If you want a greasing method that involves spraying, I do think you are better off with a commercial spray.

And if you don’t want to use that, you can opt for oil or butter, applied with a pastry brush or your fingers.

P.S. I made a Facebook group! It’s better than a Facebook page because you make posts and talk to each other rather than just hearing from me. 

Come join us! I think it’ll be a fun place to hang out with each other.

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Monday 13th of May 2019

I too had the Pampered Chef Mister and it didn't take long to break. Love the dish washer idea, but my husband and I just became empty nesters (all 3 kids have moved out and are living their lives on their own) so I don't use my dishwasher very much. Just the two of us so I just wash the dishes and put them away. I will pass this idea on to my daughter and daughter-in-law. Thank you


Sunday 12th of May 2019

Anyone know how to get the baked-on gunk from the PAM-type sprays off, after it's baked on??? It gets brown and sticky and won't budge. I saw some other comments mentioned the same problem. Thoughts?


Sunday 12th of May 2019

An SOS pad seems to work pretty well, but you wouldn't want to use it on nonstick surfaces.


Thursday 9th of May 2019

My generic oil "sprayer" is just "OK"- it seems to squirt rather than spray, which kind of defeats the purpose, but oh, well. If anyone knows one that really sprays, that would be great. And I will try jan's hints.


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I dislike non-stick sprays with a passion. It leaves a residue in baking pans that never comes off. It ploymerizes.

Back in my bread baking days I'd line bread pans with parchment if using bread pans. I use mostly non-stick pans for baking and wash them carefully so as not to ruin the coating. When something needs greasing I use butter I rub on with the wrapper or a paper towel. I use silicone liners for cupcakes and muffins.

For cakes I use Wilton cake release. It's oil and flour mixed together you brush on (with a washable silicone brush). This is the best thing for cakes, especially my rose shaped bundt pan with tons of little crevices. Cake does not stick and it leaves no residue.


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

BTW, we love our Misto. It does work, but you have to follow the directions carefully to pump it to get pressure and then they recommend opening it to release pressure and leaving the spray assembly just a little loose until you're ready to use it again. It's not great for baking because thin oil beads up, but we use it to spray a pan we are going to saute in or a griddle for pancakes, and for "basting" root veggies in olive oil before roasting it's awesome.


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I disassembled my Misto and recycled it, thinking no one needed to be un-blessed with it used. Ha. Have you noticed how Bridget and Julia on ATK have those ginormous deep sinks, and they just plunk the pan in the bottom to spray it? #kitchengoals


Wednesday 8th of May 2019

I haven't! Much as I love the magazines and books they produce, I don't know that I've ever actually watched an ATK TV show.

But the sink idea is such a good one.

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