Caution on Cooking Sprays–They Can Be Sticky

December 14, 2010

They are convenient–those cooking sprays which come in flavors, in various formulations (olive oil, canola oil, lecithin) and which promise no sticking food.

Cooking Sprays and Nonsticks--Can be a sticky mess

Problem is, when they are sprayed directly on nonstick surfaces and heated, they can turn gummy, gradually building up and destroying the release properties of the nonstick coating on the pan.

A better idea is to spray the food with the spray and not the pan.  Some recipes will indicate that instruction and its a good idea.

Admit it, most people don’t really “wash” their nonstick.  A swipe with a wet sponge is usually enough to pass the “eye” test.  But gummy nonstick sprays aren’t easily visible on dark nonstick coatings.  The result is a gradual build-up of layers of the spray that eventually turn sticky and turn the nonstick pan into a “sticker”.

The sprays are really fine for use with stainless steel and other not-nonstick coated cookware, but use them only with caution with nonstick cookware and bakeware.


Black Friday Deals–Get the Box and the Instructions

December 1, 2010

Black Friday--a big day for retailers and customers alike

A consumer called. She got a great Black Friday deal on a pressure cooker built in China, but it was the last one and it came without a box or instructions. She bought it in a department store.

The retailer really shouldn’t sell such a product absent its instructions.  Pressure cookers are UL listed and one of the conditions of the listing is that the instructions be provided to the consumer.

Naturally the local retailer couldn’t help the consumer.  We were able to give her the headquarters number where we hope the buying office can get her an instruction manual.

No matter how great the deal, an incomplete product missing its instructions isn’t much of a bargain.  Pressure cookers are great time savers, but they have certain safety rules which must be followed to insure against injury or property damage.

Consumers ought to demand a complete product and not buy “loose” items!