May 1, 2009

Silicon Pastry Brush


By Ellen Wilson

Silicon Pastry Brush

When baking a pastry, a pastry brush is needed for glazing or brushing the top with things like egg whites, melted butter, or milk. The brush helps to spread these liquids evenly over pastries or other baked goods that call for a glossy finish. With a silicon brush, the brush bristles will not lose their shape and the colors will not fade. It is also stain proof so you won't end up with a pink brush after using your brush with cherry syrup. A silicon brush is also more sanitary because it can easily be put through the dishwasher. Another benefit is that you can use your pastry brush as a basting brush as well. With the ability to wash silicon, it's not necessary to have two separate brushes for pastries and basting because the flavors will not be contaminated. For basting, the brush is used to spread juices over the meat during the cooking process for a crisper skin. A few other uses for your silicon brush are oiling or buttering waffle irons, griddles, or cleaning out a spice mill. Silicon brushes are available in many colors and sizes at any kitchen supply store.

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