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Old 01-16-2009, 12:12 PM   #11
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I have 3 different silicone brushes - with varying numbers and thicknesses of the "bristles" - and they clean easily in the DW. .
Me too, though I think I have 4 or 5. They came in a set.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:28 PM   #12
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What a shame. The hairs are porous. Try a weak solution of white vinegar and boiling hot water.
I don't spend alot on basting brushs.
I went to the big ORANGE BOX and bought a handful of cheapy
natural paint brushs for different things. And one large wallpaper brush for basting racks of ribs on the grill. .....

THis is the route I go also.

After the initial wash and use I don't much worry, if they don't wash up their cheap enough to be disposed of.

We have a nice bristle brush, unfortunately the She Cat has become attached to it, carries it all over the house, tells me spending good money on some things may be a waste. Not into washing kitty spittle.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:16 AM   #13
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So, pastry brushes - how do you clean them? And/or what do you reccomend for purchasing one? I bought a boar's hair/wood handle one recently, used it for an egg wash on won ton wrappers, and even after washing it smells gross.
The harsh chemicals and extreme heat of the DW can be hard on the adhesive holding the boar's hair in the handle, so you may see some shedding. I do prefer my silicone brushes, but I'm not ready to pitch my boars hair brushes. I usually put a dab of Dawn dish soap in my hand, wet the brush and swirl the bristles until they're good and sudsy, then rinse very well, over and over and then I shake it into the sink, flicking my wrist as hard as is comfortable to get rid of the water. Then I prop it (bristles down) to drain in the open air. Mine have a handy hook so they hug the side of a bowl or cup. If you prop it with the bristles up, the water drips down into the handle, which can hasten deterioration.

Interesting note -- I recall my dad using natural natural paint brushes in the restaurant at a fraction of the kitchen supplier cost and the Michigan health department cited him for it. I'd do it at home in a heartbeat, but if you are in a commercial setting, you may want to be sure it's an acceptable practice. They must want that NSF seal.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:16 PM   #14
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I have three silicone brushes and I'm very happy with them.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:18 PM   #15
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Just be sure to check to make sure that any bristles are not going to fall out if you purchase brushes. I ruined a blackberry tart once--the bristles landed all over and I couldn't pick them out. The whole things was ruined.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:38 PM   #16
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So, pastry brushes - how do you clean them? And/or what do you reccomend for purchasing one? I bought a boar's hair/wood handle one recently, used it for an egg wash on won ton wrappers, and even after washing it smells gross.
I gave up all the old pastry brushes & treated myself to a silicone brush, stainless steel handle. Does a perfect job & goes in the dishwasher.
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Silicone beats all the others.
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