I believe there are two types of people in this world: those who prefer a sweet breakfast, and those who yearn for the saltiness of bacon and eggs in the morning. My family fits into the former group: Buttermilk pancakes slathered in syrup get us going on a cold rainy day. But these are out of the question for my lactose-intolerant husband. So when a couple of cans of Organic Batter Blaster—pancake batter packaged in a spray can—were sent to CHOW’s test kitchen, I went straight to the ingredients list. There was no dairy in sight: The lactic acid is derived from beet sugar. I immediately made a batch of pancakes, and while I wouldn’t say they were the best I’ve ever eaten, they weren’t bad. And they literally took under five minutes to make: You just spray them right out of the can (much like whipped cream) and onto the griddle, perfect for emergency flapjack cravings or your next camping trip.

Organic Batter Blaster, available at Whole Foods for $5.99 a can

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