OK, so Fry Light isn’t a ready-meal, but it’s something that many people on the Slimming World plan use a lot, as it’s FREE on the plan, whereas you’d have to syn regular oil.
At just one calorie per spray, it can make a significant difference to our weight loss efforts. It’s a concoction of oil, water, alcohol, and various other ingredients, so do check to see if there are any allergens included that might affect you before you use it, and there have been reports of pans being wrecked by it, but I’ve not had much of a problem that way so far (I got myself a really good frying pan and that’s made a difference). Yes, there are health benefits to be had from some real oils, such as olive or coconut, but we don’t always have the syns to spare to use them, so how do they shape up?
There are now quite a few varieties on the market, and I think I’ve managed to test them all, so here’s what I think of them…
Fry Light Sunflower
This one’s great for your regular, everyday frying. It’s a good all-rounder, and it’s the one I use for things like fried eggs, as there’s no unusual flavour or aftertaste that I’ve detected. Comes in a 190mls bottle (although it used to be available in a 250mls bottle!)
Fry Light Olive
When I’m cooking Italian food, this is the one I grab from my cupboard. It has a light olive flavour and scent – not particularly strong, but just enough to hint at it being different from the Sunflower version. Available in a 190mls bottle.
Fry Light Butter Flavour
I wasn’t sure the first time I tried this one, but it’s great if you’re doing baked potatoes – spritz the potato with the buttery oil and sprinkle with salt before popping it in the oven, and it’s lovely! Available in a 190mls bottle.
Fry Light Coconut
If you’re a curry fan, this is the one for you! A nice coconutty smell when you spray it (not as nice as the real thing, but not bad at all). Also lovely for dessert-style dishes, such as sweet French toast with cinnamon – it just adds that little bit something extra with the flavour. Available in a 190mls bottle.
Fry Light Garlic Infuse
This one is incredibly strong – seriously, you only need a little of it. I use a combination of this and the Fry Light Butter to make a low-cal version of garlic bread with my HEb bread allowance. This comes in a smaller 120mls bottle.
Fry Light Chilli Infuse
I like to use this one when I’m cooking Mexican or Cajun food. It has just a nice amount of spice kick to it. Like the garlic infuse, it comes in a smaller 120mls bottle.
In conclusion, theses are very handy to have in your cupboard, although it’s best to try and get them when there’s a special offer on, as they can be a little pricey at times. I do still prefer to use real olive or coconut oil when I have the syns to spare, but to be honest, I’d usually rather spend my syns on chocolate than oil!
Those are all the versions I’ve found so far. If I spot any others, I’ll be sure to pick them up and give them a try too, and I’ll add them here retrospectively. Incidentally, if anyone else knows of any other versions of Fry Light available, please do let me know by leaving a comment below!