I wish I had another recipe for you this week. With the way I’ve been feeling, and finishing up the school year, I’ve not been keeping up with blogging the way I would like. I have definitely not kept up with reading and commenting. My apologies for that. I appreciate the comments and emails I’ve gotten about thyroid problems and possible other causes for my fatigue. I’m in the process of reading a book a reader recommended, and I’m very hopeful it will have some answers for me. There may be more dietary changes in store for me, but I want to finish reading before I make any changes. On with today’s topic…
Pastry brushes are a tool I use quite often. Originally they were made with natural bristles and then synthetic fibers. Today many pastry brushes are made with silicone. I use both old and new types.
Old Style Pastry Brush
These brusheslook like a paint brush with a wooden handle and fairly stiff bristles. My silicone brushes have very flimsy bristles, but even if they were stiff, they could not function the same as paint brush type bristles. I love using the old style brushes like a miniature dust brush. I use it to brush flour out of the bowl I use to combine dry ingredients when baking. I also use it to brush all the flour out of the container my mill puts the flour into. Occasionally, I use it to brush on beaten egg white or something else wet, but I usually reserve it for brushing dry ingredients.
Silicone Pastry Brush
One thing I love about silicone brushes is how easy they are to clean. I can get them filled with olive oil, and it easily washes out. I also like that the bristles don’t fall out, and they are heat resistant. I like to brush olive oil on the crust of my pizza after it’s first bake and before I add the sauce and toppings. I’ve had old style brushes melt a little after touching the hot stoneware I use for my pizza. Silicone is a much better option in my opinion. It’s also good for brushing sauces and marinades on meat. I like silicone for wet, oily, or hot jobs.
How about you?
What style brush do you like to use, and what do you use it for?