Happy Birthday to the Red Kitchen Project, Misto Product Review + Free Gourmet Sprayer Contest!

27 Jul

I looked at the calendar last week and thought, “How can it possibly have been a year already since I started this little project?”

Me: one year, a few grey hairs, and many new recipes later!

But come August 1st, I’ll be celebrating RKP’s first anniversary, and I’m here to tell you, I’m thankful for this website. And for all of you. 🙂 I constantly get to hear from interesting people all over the world, and it’s an inspiration to see the recipe archives grow, knowing all of these recipes are now battle plans in the eating-cheaply arsenal!

In keeping with this celebratory post, I’m announcing another kitchen giveaway! That’s right–from now through Friday (the 30th), you can enter to win your very own Misto Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer.

And if I’m giving one away, I may as well review one myself! (Many thanks to Lisa at Lifetime Brands for providing The Red Kitchen with these cool freebie gadgets, by the way!) Here goes:

The Misto Gourmet Oil Bottle Sprayer from Lifetime Brands is a handy little doodad designed to lighten up your cooking and eating by reducing the amount of oil used in recipes and snacks into a fine spray mist, coating your food more evenly and thereby eliminating the need to “dip” or “pour” oil on items that don’t really need that much grease. And starting at $9.99, you can’t beat the price when you think about all of the empty spray cans of PAM you’ve probably thrown away. (See? Your waist will love you, and now the environment will, too!)

Photo courtesy of Lifetime Brands.

I’ve been trying to center more of my recipes these days around healthier options, so I decided to try it out on some lean steaks. For kicks and giggles, I also replaced buttered corn with grilled corn on the cob misted with olive oil–but I didn’t even get to photograph any of the vegetables before they were gobbled up! Honestly, I’m through smothering corn in butter, margarine, Parkay spread, or anything else thick and yellow! The olive oil, with a shake or two of salt, was just right–not too greasy, not too dry, not too bland–frankly, it was perfect.

Filling Misto with oil.

Easy to fill.

Getting back to the steaks, I purchased some ultra-lean but ultra-tough flank steaks on manager’s special at my local meat counter. Normally, I would soak/marinate the tough steaks during the day before firing up the grill at night. This time, I decided to see how a little bit of misting would speed up the process.

Two identical half-pound steaks.

One steak was scored with a knife and then brushed with about a Tablespoon (= 3 teaspoons) of olive oil to make sure I didn’t miss any nooks or crannies.

Score tough steaks with a serrated knife before marinating to tenderize the meat.

The other steak was scored identically, but oiled using only the Misto. (I might have used 1/2 teaspoon, tops, on the entire steak.) The sprayer, which you fill halfway with liquid and then “pump” about ten times before pressing the spray nozzle, really allowed me to get into the scored sections and marinate the center of the tough steak without the whole thing dripping with oil or making a mess.

Pump and spray.

I then sprinkled the two steaks equally with my usual beef flavorings–onion powder, salt, pepper and paprika–and set them both out there on the heated barbecue grill.

About 13-15 minutes later, I scooped them up, brought them in, sliced them up, and definitely knew which one I wanted to claim as mine!

The steak that had been brushed with oil was still dripping with grease. Two of the corners had also hardened into tough little points.

The steak that had been Misto-sprayed was juicy (but not greasy), evenly cooked (no hardened edges), and more easily sliced as a result. Just look and see for yourself:

Steak #1: Brushed with 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Steak #2: Misted with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil.

See how pasty the outside of the first steak looks? No matter how hard I attacked the scorings with a thick basting brush, I couldn’t seem to get the oil to penetrate the outside of the raw meat. When I sprayed the second steak, all I had to do was press the meat away from each incision using the knife, and then point the nozzle of the spray bottle downward into the score marks.

As if that weren’t enough proof, I of course followed with a taste-test of each steak. While both admittedly would have benefited from being marinated all day, the brushed-oil steak was much tougher and chewier than I’d expected versus the sprayed steak.

To be honest, it was actually my goal with this experiment just to find out if the sprayed steak would be AS tender as the brushed steak. I wanted to find out if my tastes would suffer by using less oil in preparation. Turns out, my tastes were suffering BEFORE I switched to the Misto. That 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in mist form was able to get into places a whole Tablespoon of oil could never be brushed into.

Who knew?

I look forward in the coming weeks to trying out other new ways of using the Misto to reduce my daily fat/grease/oil intake. But I’m going to need your help, which is where the contest comes in.

To enter to win your very own Misto Gourmet Brushed Aluminum Oil Bottle Sprayer, leave a comment on this post telling me what recipe you’d most like to reduce the fat in using a Misto. One entry per person, please. Contest ends at 12:00 pm (noon) CST on Friday, July 30th. Winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

In the meantime, visit the Misto page on Pfaltzgraff’s website or You Tube to watch a video demonstrating the Misto.

P.S.–You can also order an engraved, personalized Misto sprayer starting at only $14.99–treat all the cooks in your life to a cool gadget and healthier cooking!

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19 Responses to “Happy Birthday to the Red Kitchen Project, Misto Product Review + Free Gourmet Sprayer Contest!”

  1. Leesa July 27, 2010 at 3:26 PM #

    Hi Gracie! I just read your review on the oil sprayer and was delighted to learn it makes such a huge difference and yet it doesn’t comprimise taste – and infact enhances!

    I can’t wait to win one and try my favorite recipes. I don’t know what it’s called because I made it up based off a mircowave (yikes) version I found once many years ago.

    It’s delicious –

    Here’s the basic premise-

    saute garlic, onion, green onion in olive oil
    add julliene cut zucchini, summer squash & carrot
    – add salt, pepper & italian salad dressing to taste
    add grilled shrimp
    in largeserving bowl toss with linguini pasta
    add fresh cubed avacado

    I serve with baby romain salad.

    Gracie you wouldn’t believe how fresh & yummy it taste & looks! I always thought it was low in fat, but with the oil sprayer it could be even more so!!!!

    Blessings for another year!

  2. Stephanie Frosch July 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM #

    Ooh! The misto would be awesome for broiling asparagus! Right now I drizzle olive oil over it and then sprinkle with sea salt. I usually end up with little pools of oil on the cookie sheet and oily looking asparagus spears.

  3. Gracie July 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM #

    Leesa, that sounds wonderful! (Though I might need to find something other than avacados…pregnancy aversions die hard later! Haha)

    Stephanie, that sounds awesome. I always try to melt butter over asparagus and it comes out yeecky. Good call!!

    Can’t wait to read more ideas!! Thanks!

  4. Rheannon July 27, 2010 at 5:49 PM #

    I would probably use this thing for every recipe. Candace has one and I love it.

    But one recipe in particular would be garlic bread. I would love to spray it with olive oil instead of spread it with a brush or knife. I’m thinking the bread would be crispier.

  5. KAYE July 27, 2010 at 8:52 PM #

    I think this would also be good for use when I roast corn on the cob, and I use olive oil with a bit of chlli-lime seasoning on the corn, to give a little kick!

  6. Natalie Fitch July 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM #

    I would love to try the Misto sprayer with steak/ chicken fajitas. I love them in restaurants and home but they are always so greasy. I would love to be able to get tender meat without all the oil and it would be great for the peppers and onions too. May even be able to make my absolute fave fajita quesadillas.

  7. Angela Crespi July 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM #

    So many ways this could be used. It would be great if it could reduce the amount of oil I use in making pancakes. Since I make them every Saturday and they are typically swimming in oil, I would love to see how the Misto could make pancakes healthier! I also think that it could be great for broiling fish, I probably over use oil with fish in fear that it will stick.

    • Gracie July 29, 2010 at 7:12 PM #

      Good call on the pancakes, Angie–as long as you don’t lose your eyebrows spraying it after the griddle stays hot! LOL.

  8. Bill Gottschalk July 30, 2010 at 8:43 AM #

    I’d like to try the Misto sprayer in a good ole’ fashioned southern Illinois recipe…meth. That’s right, meth. Do you know how unhealthy meth is??? I really think adding the magic of olive oil to meth can help clean up it’s reputation for being an unsavory meal to an addict. And if a meth producer were to use olive oil in his product, why I would think he’d be the only Joe Bob in the area with that secret ingredient and may increase his sales ten-fold, especially in the Herrin area where olive oil is already a common kitchen ingredient in the many Italian dishes clogging the city’s arteries. Brian Cranston in “Breaking Bad” already uses olive oil to spray his meth pans with to reduce sticking but I bet he never thought about using olive oil IN his meth! It could be a revolution in how meth is made!!!

  9. Gracie July 30, 2010 at 8:44 AM #

    Bill…tsk, tsk, tsk!

  10. Joyce July 30, 2010 at 9:48 AM #

    I love the idea of a spray!! Fresh veggies from garden, a spritz, grilled!!!!

    Yummy!

  11. Leslie August 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM #

    Dear Gracie,
    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!
    What a great accomplishment!!! I’ve enjoyed being along for the ride!

    • Gracie August 4, 2010 at 3:11 PM #

      Thanks, Leslie! I hope the next year brings lots more great feedback from RKP readers (and lots more prize giveaways, too!) 🙂 Thanks for joining me on this “ride”!

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