When it comes to cooking, sometimes we love spending hours in the kitchen, and at others, we just want to get something cooked and on the table as quickly as possible. And it’s in these instances that a humble tin of baking spray can go a long way. While most of us are used to using non-stick sprays to grease baking tins, B-well’s Baking Spray is full of unlocked potential.
1. MAKE GRATING CHEESE A BREEZE
Grating a huge block of cheese for a heart-warming pasta dish or the ultimate toasted sandwich can sometimes be a challenge. Prevent clumping and snagging by spritzing some baking spray on the inside and outside of your grater before you start. This trick also means the cheese leaves very little residue, making clean-up a dream.
2. HEALTHY MEALS FOR THE KIDS
Crumbed chicken strips and fish fingers are a staple on many children’s plates. Spray home-made crumbed chicken breasts or fish fillets with a thin layer of baking spray before popping them into the oven to get that crispy crust and lovely golden colour the whole family adores. We love this trick because the spray evenly coats all the crumbs without leaving that oily taste you get from deep-fried snacks.
3. MESS-FREE MEASURING
Batch baking and cooking can often lead to large, unwanted piles of dirty measuring cups, spoons and other utensils all over the kitchen. Spraying the inside of cups of jugs with baking spray before measuring out sticky ingredients like peanut butter, syrup or honey can be a life-saver. The baking spray will make it easy for the sticky ingredients to slide right out and you won’t be left with a big mess afterwards.
4. MAKE THE PERFECT POPCORN
Popcorn is the ideal snack, especially since winter is the perfect time of year to snuggle up and binge-watch series all weekend long! Instead of reaching for the butter or oil, spritz your popcorn kernels with some baking spray before you turn up the heat. The spray will coat each kernel perfectly and evenly, and this works amazingly in the microwave or on the stove.
5. CLEAN CHOPPING
Cutting sticky baked goods like toffee, fudge or Rice Krispie treats, or even boiled eggs can be a hassle. Even everyday ingredients like onions, garlic and ginger can stick to your knife while you’re busy. Spraying a light layer of baking spray on each side of your blade will allow your knife to glide through with ease, with nothing clinging to it unnecessarily.
6. PERFECT PASTA
Impress your guests with perfect pasta by spraying a little bit of baking spray into your cooking water. This will not only prevent the pasta from sticking together, but will also stop them from sticking to the bottom and sides of the pot, all while adding a subtle buttery flavour.
Words: Kate Turner