May 13, 2010
Pastry Brushes: Tools of the Trade
Pastry brushes are a tool I use quite often. Originally they were made with natural bristles and then synthetic fibers. Today many pastry brushes are made with silicone. I use both old and new types.
Old Style Pastry Brush
These brusheslook like a paint brush with a wooden handle and fairly stiff bristles. My silicone brushes have very flimsy bristles, but even if they were stiff, they could not function the same as paint brush type bristles. I love using the old style brushes like a miniature dust brush. I use it to brush flour out of the bowl I use to combine dry ingredients when baking. I also use it to brush all the flour out of the container my mill puts the flour into. Occasionally, I use it to brush on beaten egg white or something else wet, but I usually reserve it for brushing dry ingredients.
Silicone Pastry Brush
One thing I love about silicone brushes is how easy they are to clean. I can get them filled with olive oil, and it easily washes out. I also like that the bristles don’t fall out, and they are heat resistant. I like to brush olive oil on the crust of my pizza after it’s first bake and before I add the sauce and toppings. I’ve had old style brushes melt a little after touching the hot stoneware I use for my pizza. Silicone is a much better option in my opinion. It’s also good for brushing sauces and marinades on meat. I like silicone for wet, oily, or hot jobs.
How about you?
What style brush do you like to use, and what do you use it for?
Labels: tools of the trade
I usually brush my pizza crusts with a garlic/parm combo. Makes it like the garlic breads they sell at pizza places. LOL
I have really never been a fan of brushes. I tend to spoon/baste more than brush. I am pretty impatient when it comes to the clean up of any kind of brushes. BUT, I haven't tried silicon brushes. Are there any harmful effects of silicon? With all the recommendations against plastic, I've been wondering.
BTW, I actually ended up with ribs that were covered with bristles at a restaurant recently. They were overdue to retire their brush and didn't even realize it until I pointed it out.
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