Testing The Product: Pam Cooking Spray

I feel obligated to admit right at the beginning here that I haven't used a product like Pam in years...like maybe eight years. That's a long time. I know that some people can't imagine life without a product like Pam, but call me crazy I'm a straight up extra virgin olive oil kind of gal. So that was the challenge: to see if there was a place in my kitchen for Pam.

There was one place that I really wanted to put this Pam to use: on my roasted potatoes. No matter how much olive oil I coat those suckers in, they invariably seem to end up stuck to my pan. And there is nothing more frustrating than that. So, this was the best place to put my Pam to the test. My skepticism, as you know, runs high with products, so my hopes for success were not high.

Well, the funny thing was....it worked. Not one of those potatoes got stuck to the pan. Can you even believe that?! I didn't even have to use a spatula! I used a dang wooden spoon. I was floored. I was excited. I was....a Pam convert?!

This is a little hard for me to swallow. Sure, I'll admit, there have been times when I wanted to cave and buy Pam and say, "Darn it all!" But I hadn't. And now, well, I sort of felt like that woman in the Prego commercial who has been buying Ragu for years and then wonders what other questionable decisions she might have made. I briefly wondered if, for instance, I should start buying marshmallow fluff again.  (For the record, I did not.)

What I did decide, though, was that a little Pam every now and again won't hurt anyone. Even though I am still a bit skeptical, I believe I can trade a little nonstick action for my pride of only using olive oil.

So what about you guys out there is cyberspace? Do you use Pam or products like it? What products have you not bought in the past that you might have recently realized you like?! Tell me in the comments section below. 


  1. My boyfriends mother bought us a can of Pam to bring camping this coming weekend. I kind of looked in horror when I saw this item come out of the grocery bag, but it makes me laugh now reading your post. There is a Pam specifically for grilling!! I'm not sure how I feel about it either, I don't think I am ready to use it.

    1. Okay, good. I feel better that my prejudice of Pam isn't so off base...although now that I've been using, I am a little afraid I'm getting addicted.