A few months ago we mentioned that we were looking for a good oil mister. We wanted one to coat cooking pans and sliced vegetables with oil, and we also wanted to quit buying those cans of spray oil. We got rather discouraged by the bad reviews of a brand we were considering, though, so the hunt got pushed aside. But then we had an opportunity to try out Prepara's tabletop oil mister and it's been a dream so far! Here's what we like about it.
This mister works like most other misters in its category; you fill the base with oil and twist on the main cap. Then you use the cap to to pump it full of air. A few pumps of the cap and it's ready to spray. Remove the cap and it usually has enough air pressure to spray oil to cover a tray of vegetables or bread.
The reason that they call this a tabletop mister is because of its handsome construction and glass base. Unlike many other misters, this isn't blank stainless steel or thin plastic. It's a heavy, solid little glass bottle with a plastic spray nozzle and semi-transparent cover. It's quite pretty and I wouldn't feel ashamed to leave it out on the table, where it does come in handy for last-minute salad dressing, and spraying vegetables with oil before carrying them out to the grill.
That glass base is a bit of a drawback in the kitchen, though, since it is quite heavy. It almost takes two hands to hold; my hands, though, are quite small, so this may be unique to me! I may still look for a lighter can to keep in the kitchen cupboard for baking. But that glass base is also an advantage, since it can be sterilized — unlike plastic.
The mister does work very well, though, and it's been such a pleasure to use it. It is much easier to coat vegetables with oil, or to spray bread with herbed olive oil. It also feels healthier to use a spray mister on such occasions; you end up using a lot less than when you slop the oil on with a brush or spoon.
Two thumbs up from us for Prepara's Tabletop Mister; if you're looking for a mister for the table or to leave out on the kitchen counter, this is a great one to consider.
• Find it: Prepara Oil Mister, $17.50 at Amazon
Oh, and PS: This mister is included in one of the prize packages for September's Quick Weeknight Meals contest! So go ahead and enter; you might win one!
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