Frequently, more than I hate to admit, I learn things from Tiffany. Since I’m 25-years older than her, you would think that I have 25 years more experience. Well, that’s true; I do have 25 years more “life” experience, but she still teaches me something new all the time – mostly technical, geeky stuff that I struggle to understand that she “gets” just because she’s of that generation; that even though technology was in its infancy, she and the other Generation Y AKA Millennials AKA Generation We AKA Generation Next AKA Net Generation – whatever you choose to call them (she was born in 1980), never got left behind. Us Baby Boomers, while we hate to admit it, because we are of the hippy, dippy Age of Aquarius and paved the way on many important social fronts, sometimes need the Net Generation to help us “get it.” And, since I don’t have children she has become by default, de facto and proximity, my first “go to” person when I need help understanding technology.
In addition, she tells me about great products and services. Win, win for me!
So, Tiffany introduced me to the Magical Mystery of Misto. She bought hers at Costco, in a 2-pack at a very reasonable price and she thought it was great and thought I would think so too. I took her advice, purchased a set, filled one with olive oil and the other one with canola oil and replaced the popular aerosol-brand in my pantry. I’ve never regretted it for a minute. And, 4 years later, mine are still working great!
I wrote on the inside cap area of mine, to distinguish between the 2 oils, but you no longer need to do this because they come in a myriad of wonderful colors as well as the “basic” brushed aluminum: olive green, teal, eggplant, tomato red! I might have to have one of each!
See my “EVOO” written in marking pen on the inside plastic cap? Another good idea would be to purchase those chalkboard sticky labels and stick one on the bottle!
I’m so “sweet on” the magical mystery Misto that I wanted to share it as an “Innovations” in the section of our blog that we call “Sweet On” and it holds the place of honor as the first one reviewed in this category! In addition, we have “categorized” it under our “Green Living” tab under “Sweet Home” (reasons outlined below). However, it made its first appearance on our blog in The Casa Bella Swedish Pancake Factory post under Gail’s Swedish Pancake recipe (under “Experiments Gone Array and Other Anthologies” in “Sweet Eats”).
Here’s why I love this product:
- It’s easy to use. You “pump” the bottle and point and spray.
- You use less oil on food and cooking products than you would use if just rubbing a pan with oil or adding oil to food.
- I’ve already had mine 4 years and its functioning perfectly.
- It’s easy to clean – just fill with hot water, add a drop of dish soap, shake, insert pump cap, pump and spray, then rinse.
And, it’s environmentally friendly in several ways:
- Because it is a pump, it doesn’t rely on chemicals to propel the oil from the device.
- Because you use less product, you use the product longer, resulting in less waste.
- Because it is a refillable device, you aren’t throwing away an empty aerosol can and adding to our landfills.
- Because it’s a refillable device, you fill it from bottles of already purchased products in your pantry.
Not only can you use it to coat cooking and baking equipment such as cookie sheets, muffin pans, sauté pans, pots, etc., you can use it on food:
- Spray on vegetables before grilling or roasting
- Spray on bread with olive oil and grill for a healthy treat
- Spray on pasta after draining to prevent sticking
- Spray on salad
- Spray on bread crumbs, roast chicken to give your finished product a nice brown color
- Fill with vinegar, lemon or lime juice, etc., for easy application
Tips and tricks to get the most out of this product:
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and fill only as indicated (don’t over-fill)
Pump about 10 times until you feel resistance; this insures a nice, fine mist spray and not a “steady stream”
If the mist is losing “steam”, pump bottle again until you feel resistance and spray
I don’t know whether or not Costco still carries them, since it’s been 4 years. But, they are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond, World Market, Amazon and other on-lines stores. Happy spraying!
(other posts featuring Misto)