Tuesday Tip: I love my Misto!

13 Aug

MistoA couple of years ago, my kids gave me a great gift — I can’t remember whether it was for Mother’s Day or my birthday. It’s a Misto olive oil spritzer. You fill the container with olive oil, and then you just give it a spritz when you need a small amount of oil to grease a pan or to drizzle on top of a dish before roasting or serving it. You use a lot less oil than if you attempt to drizzle the oil out of your big olive oil bottle, and it costs a lot less than PAM and other no-stick sprays.

I only have one, and I use it for olive oil. I still have a big can of Costco’s Kirkland brand no-stick spray that I use when I need a spritz of vegetable oil. But my daughter Miriam has a couple of Mistos, one for olive oil and one for canola oil, labeled in different colors so she can tell them apart. Smart!

You can buy a Misto online at Amazon or at a lot of retailers, including Bed, Bath and Beyond, for about $10. You’ll easily save that much pretty quickly on the cost of olive oil .

Here’s an example of where a Misto comes in handy — making pita chips! If you have some leftover or stale pita, cut it into pie-shaped wedges, and then separate the two halves of each wedge. Place on a baking pan as close together as possible. Spray all the pieces with olive oil from your Misto (or with non-stick spray if you aren’t lucky enough to own a Misto). Sprinkle the pita with garlic powder, onion salt, zaatar or some other seasoning, and bake in a hot oven (425 degrees) for just a few minutes until the pita starts to brown. Watch it carefully, because it doesn’t take long to go from brown to burnt! Remove from the oven and cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.

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