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Old 02-12-2006, 01:27 AM   #1
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Proper care of pastry brushes?

I have these pastry brushes I got at Williams Sonoma made from boar hair. They seem to be really nice brushes, but I feel like I am ruining them almost as soon as I start using them. The bristles get stiff and course after only a few uses (I use them for egg wash, butter, olive oil/herb mixtures, etc...).

I just don't know how to clean them so they stay soft. I have been washing them thoroughly after use in hot water under the tap, getting as much gunk out of the bristles as possible, and then towel drying them with a kitchen towel.

So what's the deal? What's the correct way to care for and clean a high quality brush? How do professionals maintain soft bristles without buying a new brush with every use?


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Old 02-12-2006, 02:25 PM   #2
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You might want to check out our past discussion on this problem.

A couple of things I have learned since then:

1) the lemon juice helps break down the fats and proteins
2) never dip the brush more than 1/2 way into the oil/butter/whatever.
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