Monday, December 8, 2014

EVO Oil Sprayer

I like the idea of a sprayer for oil. Sometimes I want a couple tablespoons or a quarter-cup of oil, but sometimes I need just a small amount - to spritz a bowl for rising dough or to add a small amount to a pan. Or maybe I want to evenly coat a large sheet pan loaded with vegetables waiting to be roasted.

I've tried other devices, but they all had annoying flaws. So far, the Evo sprayer is working well.

It doesn't require pumping to pressurize, it sprays like the water-spray bottles you'd use to mist your plants. But the holes are big enough for efficiently spraying oil. It's not a mist, but rather a spritz.

Which is perfectly fine with me. If I need less oil, I can spritz, then wipe with a paper towel or use a brush to spread the oil around.

You can change the nozzle to spray a stream or a wider spray, and of course the total amount you spray depends on how far you pull the trigger.

One problem with spray bottles is that the nozzles can get clogged, but if you use oil all the time, clogging is less likely. I use oil pretty much every day I cook, so that's not a problem. If you put a sprayer in a cabinet and leave it there for a week at a time, you have a good chance the nozzle will need to be cleaned more often.

It also depends on the oil you use. I find that canola tends to get gummy faster than other types of oils, so it's the most likely one to clog the spray nozzle.

One neat thing about the sprayer is that it comes with a set of rubber bands to label the bottle based on the type of oil. There are three bands, but the wording is on both sides, so that's five oils and one for balsamic vinegar.

If you've only got one sprayer, you probably don't need to label it. And, let's face it, you could tell which one is balsamic vinegar from looking at it. But if you like the sprayer and decide you want one of olive oil, one for peanut oil, and one for vegetable oil, having an easy way to label them makes sense.

Another nice thing is that it includes a funnel that's made to fit the bottle, so you can fill and refill the bottle without spilling.

The bottle part of the sprayer is dishwasher safe, but the sprayer part is not. If you're refilling with the same oil each time, I don't think you'll need to wash very often, though, and if you do, it makes sense to simply fill the bottle with soapy water, spray to clean the sprayer, then rinse and fill with clean water and spray that to get the soap residue out of the sprayer.

I still plan on buying cans of baking spray with flour to spray baking pans, but for other purposes, I can see that this is going to become very handy.

I've only been using this for a few weeks, so I can't tell you how I'm going to feel about it a year from now. But so far it's doing exactly what I need it to do.

Who's it for: People looking for an easy way to easily dispense oil.

Pros: No need for disposable aerosol cans. include a funnel for filling. Sprays a stream or a wide spray.

Cons: The spray is not as fine as a mist, if that matters.

Wishes: It would be neat if they came in different colors for an easier way to tell the difference between different oils, if you want several of these. Or just for decorative purposes. Some people like things in their kitchens to match.

Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review. For more info on the product, check out their website.

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