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I didn't know this when I ordered it, but between the bristles, there's a layer of silicone strips with sifter-like circular holes on them that catch the drops of liquid and hold them there as though they were bubbles, and release them when you brush them up against something. Such a simple solution to leaking...makes you wonder why you never thought of it yourself. Fabulous! Well worth the price.
Pastry brushes are one of those things that I buy on a fairly regular basis. Either the bristles tend to come out or the whole head becomes detached or they just aren't vry nice to use. I am quite pleased with this, though. It's a bit more substantial than others, and washes, egg or milk, go on well. I put it in the dishwasher, and so far nothing untoward has happened. Nice little item.
I've had silicone pastry brushes before, but always found that they either don't hold on to enough liquid, or are just too stiff or flimsy to be any use. This one hits the balance just right, giving reliable brushing without the worry of a hair-bristled brush leaving you a little surprise.
I've used it to put egg-washes on delicate breads, brush water to seal stuffed-crusts on pizza, and to baste slow-cooked brisket - it's always been up to the task. My only complaint is that, as found in the case of the brisket, it can cling on to larger bits of herbs or spice and can be a little difficult to clean. This would be the case with any brush, though, and the transparent bristles at least allow you to notice and deal with it before you end up with unexpected chilli-flakes on your brioche!
I had a small wooden pastry brush that was more of a traditional brush. Some friends borrowed it to use with bbq-ing meat. I'm a veggie. Yuk! So I needed a new pastry brush! This got good reviews and I was tempted by the silicone thinking it might be easier to clean and a bit tougher. I use it for things like filo pastry. So I melt some butter and have it in a dish and use the brush to coat each layer. It just doesn't coat t very well. It's not very easy to spread and it's difficult to get it to spread thinly. I'll need to get around to replacing it with one like my old one...
I must admit that I thought this was expensive for what it was. But then I remembered just how many pastry brushes I have bought over the years and ended up throwing away. This one cleans easily, doesn't shed hairs or lose it's shape. But I still think it is expensive so 1 star off for that.
As anyone who has used a brush knows, a brush picks up some of the material you want to apply, holds it, and allows you to apply it, changing the amount you release from the brush depending on how you apply it. Think of a paint brush. Or a traditional pastry brush.
This is a very blunt instrument. It doesn't take up and hold the milk or liquid butter well. It smears the oil or milk or butter on rather than brushes it on. It is very easy to put too much "paint" on the pastry or the tin etc etc
It is easy to clean, probably the filiaments don't fall out unlike a traditional pastry brush, and it goes in the dishwasher. But it is not a pastry brush.
Simply doesn't hold oil like a normal brush, making it a bit of a pain to use sometimes depending on item size. It does however not leave loose bristles on food like my other normal one does, and it is also easier to clean. It makes it give or take really, so buy it if you prefer less cleanup and you can accept less ideal function than a bristled brush.
This is one of the better basting brushes I have come across. It handles heat quite well and coats the meat in an even sauce perfectly without picking up clumps. My issue is with cleaning. I tried cleaning after a BBQ, it took a little while to get all fo the sauce of the brush, especially at the base of the brush.
It's great, like any OXO product I've used so far. But I'm just wondering if an average silicone brush would have done the same sort of job. Is it worth buying this when compared to other ones? I'm not sure when compared to other silicone ones. But it is definitely so much better than an average wooden one with bristles
I bought this after reading the reviews. My natural bristle and wooden handled pastry brush kept losing bristles and it was difficult to thoroughly dry, so I started noticing black spots as well as bristles being left behind. This holds the oil better as there is a perforated mesh layer in between the brush layers. It’s angled too which is useful. It drys very easily and it can go in the dishwasher too which is a bonus. Can highly recommend and wish I’d bought one years ago!