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Choosing a Pastry Brush
A Pastry Brush isn't the most technical piece of kitchen equipment and only has to do its relatively simple job.
The two main types of pastry brush are the original bristle brush with a wooden or metal handle, and the modern silicone brush.
Traditionalists will always stick with the wooden handled bristle brush but these can suffer from heat damage when used in cooking and are difficult to clean.
Silicone pastry brushes are very easy to clean but their appearance will not appeal to many used to using a regular brush. They do have a distinct advantage as they have a high heat tolerance and can be used in a wider variety of applications.
Typical Silicone Pastry Brush
One Pastry Brush or Three?
The average kitchen can easily get away with having a single utility pastry brush to be used for all applications. You can also purchase commercial sets that include multiple brushes of different widths, important when tackling large volumes of food.
The ability of silicone brushes to be used for other tasks such as basting make them more popular than nylon bristles that are limited to traditional cool applications.
Wooden Handle, Natural Boar Bristles
Traditional Pastry Brush
The Ateco Flat Pastry Brush is the traditional cooks pastry brush. Wooden handle, natural brush and the classic appearance.
It doesn't get melted together in a big mass like nylon bristles but still should not be exposed to significant heat. Probably easier to clean than nylon as well.
Silicone Pastry Brush
This pastry brush has the complete modern look combined with functionality.
The silicone bristles are heat resistant and the brush is dishwasher safe (and unlike nylon brushes will actually get clean in a dishwasher).
It has multiple uses as it can be used for basting as well as pastry work.
Pastry Brush Set
A Brush for the Pastry, A Brush for the BBQ
If you are regularly marinating meat on the BBQ, it probably makes sense to have a few different brushes and to separate the tasks they do.
I use one for basting (and put a bend in the handle to remind me) and another for pastry. Its a simple system and it works for me.
I admit that I am all for the silicone brush and embrace the technology but my mom would not defile her pastry with such a monstrosity.
To each their own.
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