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Old 08-30-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Heat resistant brush suggestion

I am looking for a good basting/pastry brush. I would appreciate any suggestions but particularly for a particular brush.

I would like a brush that is

- heat resistant for applying butter to a hot crepe pan.
- good at holding sauces well for basting BBQ
- good for applying washes to baked goods.

The main choices would be either natural boar bristle or silicone. As I understand it, natural bristle brushes may loose their bristles in the food while silicone brushes are not good at holding a large volume of liquid. Are there any exceptions to these rules?

How do both brush types hold up against heat. I would hate to have burnt hair or melted silicone.

If you like a particular brand or model, please let me know.

Thank you

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Old 08-31-2010, 12:45 AM   #2
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Years ago, we used synthetic paint brushes. No mas. I would recommend a silicone brush, one with tiny holes in the bristles. They hold your sauces, and are impervious to average high heat. Silicone won't likely melt in normal conditions.
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Old 08-31-2010, 05:11 AM   #3
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We bought a Zyliss brand silicone brush at the grocery store a while back. It works pretty well. It has a silicone "grid" in the middle between the bristles that hold the liquid.

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:07 AM   #4
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I prefer a good quality 2" natural bristle paint brush. It's less expensive, holds more sauce, etc., doesn't melt and has a high temperature resistance (although I can't imagine why anyone would need a brush that requires high temperature resistance since things such as basting is done at a relatively low temperature, and use as a pastry brush is done at room temperature. They also do a far better job at spreading butter, sauce, etc. than silicone!

I use two brushes: one for sauces and one strictly for pastry. I also rinse them under warm soapy water as soon as I'm through with them. They've lasted me about 28 years. Not bad for about a $2.50 investment.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:51 AM   #5
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...heat resistant for applying butter to a hot crepe pan.
In order to save yourself from washing a brush... any brush, warm your crepe pan (don't crank the heat up to high!), apply your butter, then use a quarter of a paper towel sheet wadded into an applicator to spread the butter, and then turn up the heat. Toss the paper applicator into the trash. No muss, no fuss!
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:09 AM   #6
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We bought a Zyliss brand silicone brush at the grocery store a while back. It works pretty well. It has a silicone "grid" in the middle between the bristles that hold the liquid.

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I saw this brush recommended on TV just the other day for its combination of ability to hold lots of liquid and heat resistance.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:02 AM   #7
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I have a Kitchenaid brand silcone brush I bought at Home Goods.I love it.I was tired of going through bristle brushes when they went stale.
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The only bristles I've had go bad are kitchen basting brushes. Every single one I've seen (friends and family BBQs) are cheap cr*p purchased in the housewares dept. A good quality paint brush won't shed.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:09 PM   #9
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Thank you for your suggestions. I am leaning towards the Zyliss silicone brush. Thanks for the link. I may also go the paper towel route for the crepes - perhaps just hold the towel with tongs as an applicator.

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We have a couple of silicone brushes, i don't know the brand name, and they work and wash just great. I think i even got one in a dollar store.
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