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Recession Buster Blasts #2: Make Your Own Pam Spray

This faux Pam Spray Pan Release is one great way to use what you have and pinch your pennies. And it's more eco-friendly (no fumes) and frugal with no can to dispose of.

This will not leave burnt on black residue on the edges of your pans either. (I hate that! how about you?) The shelf life is great... it will keep forever in your cupboard.

1/2 cup corn oil or canola oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature (Crisco shortening is good)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Using an electric mixer beat until mixture has multiplied in volume, and resembles marshmallow cream. yields: 1 1/2 cups

Place in a storage container, and store on the counter, or in a cupboard.
In hot weather, it may be refrigerated, but remember to take it out of the fridge, as it should be room temperature for best results.

The mixture tends to separate slightly upon sitting so mix before using, then brush pans using a pastry brush or a clean paper towel.


  1. Pam spray can be expensive. Thanks for sharing this tip.

  2. This is a good way to save money. Who needs to spend money on pan spray that's got who knows what in it?

    I don't use shortening, but I have one of those refillable spray pumps that I fill with either peanut oil or extra light olive oil. Works like a charm for almost every cooking or baking application, although if I'm using a Bundt pan, I spray first, then sprinkle lightly with flour.

  3. anonymous I agree, $3 and up for one can can get expensive. Let me know what you think if you try this faux.

    annie I also have one of those oil spray bottles and use it too! When baking something chocolate I'll dust with cocoa instead of flour also.