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Every now and again I quite like to think of myself as a little Chef in the kitchen and as we all know I have now adapted quite a love of shopping online on amazon! I spotted this online after reading a few reviews about it on here and decided to get it in the wishlist. I've had it a while now, and although I have actually never used it for pastry it comes in really handy!
The brush comes in a variety of funky, vibrant colours and of all of them, the cheapest was in green costing £3.83 so of course this is the one I purchased! The brush is made of silicone, so it is very soft and very durable. It is easy to hold and grip, so is nice to use and it looks very nice in amongst my cutlery draw so it is really easy to find! The brush also comes with a handy little hole so it could be hooked up for storage, but I find it easier to use as a lazy option in the drawer!
I must confess I am really cheeky and don't use it for pastry at all! I have used it for grilling salmon in the oven, as I usually pour in a bowl, some extra virgin olive oil, garlic, crushed black pepper, paprika and mixed herbs then use this brush to apply a lovely layer onto the fish and pop it in the oven and it's perfect for ensuring all sides are evenly covered without damaging the texture of the salmon fillet like when I used to try to achieve this with a wooden spoon! I have also used this brush for barbecue chicken, cooking the chicken as usual, then using this brush to apply barbecue sauce on and pop it in the oven for a lovely succulent, sticky dish!
The best part of the brush are that the bristles are durable, and being made from silicone I do not find any stray bristle hairs in my food (which I would expect from a classic "pastry" brush) and alongside this its super easy to clean! It's suitable for the dishwasher too (not that I have one unfortunately!) so this is another bonus. I had a similar brush which I had bought from a Kleeneze brochure but the head was detachable to the handle which got really frustrating so I like that this brush is a whole unit making it easy to use.
Overall I really like this brush, and it's been perfect for all my culinary needs which proves its great for more than just pastry! Gets a lovely 5 stars commendation from me :)
I love baking and am always on the look out for bright accessories and kitchen equipment. I have had numerous pastry brushes over the years but they have always been the traditional wooden ones with white bristles. These have worked okay to glaze my pastry however they always seemed to take forever to dry and became very stiff when they were dry. Also whether I put them in the dishwasher or washed them by hand in the washing up bowl the wood always took ages to dry and I would have to leave them out on the worktop or draining board as I didn't like to put them away wet.
I have got the blue one of these Kitchen Craft silicone pastry brushes and bought it from House of Fraser for £5 which is a reasonable price as they can be as much as £7 in some stores. You can get them from Amazon for around £4 but you have to watch the postage on here. I only noticed the blue ones at House of Fraser but they come in other lovely bright shades of green, pink, purple, orange and yellow.
The brush itself is made of silicone and is dishwasher safe up to 260 degrees. It measures 1.5cm tall, 20cm long and 4cm wide and has a 5 year guarantee. It is also safe to use on non stick surfaces. There is a small hole at the end of the handle which you could use to hang up if you like your items on show, but I keep mine in my drawer along with my other pastry items.
As the whole of the brush is made of silicone I find it easy to brush my egg or oil or milk onto my pastry. The brushes are soft and flexible enough to retain the liquid to brush on and they don't drag or dent the pastry however they aren't very long so you do keep having to dip the brush in the liquid quite frequently. A good thing is that it doesn't lose any bristles which some of my older traditional ones did. The brush feels comfortable to hold and you can get a good grip on it even if it is a bit wet if you spill liquid on it when you are using it.
In addition to using it for pastry I will also use it to baste meat by dipping it into the meat juices and then brushing it onto the joint. As it can withstand a high temperature there are no problems with this. I also use it to oil baking tins and trays so it is quite versatile.
This brush is very easy to clean and I will usually throw it in the dishwasher. I have had it for almost twelve months and it hasn't shown any signs of wear and the colour has not faded at all. I love this bright coloured pastry brush and would definitely recommend it to others. It isn't the cheapest one around but it is very good quality, easy to use and it does have a 5 year guarantee
I bought this pastry brush during a 3-for-2 offer in Lakeland, where the Kitchen Craft products were on offer and I happened to be looking for a few bits and pieces. I use a pastry brush mainly to line my baking tins when baking, and I was getting tired of plucking out hairs when the traditional pastry brushes shed them on my tin, so into my basket this silicone pastry brush went.
The brush I bought is blue, but they are available in a variety of bright colours, which makes it easy to locate in the cutlery drawer. It is stain resistant, dishwasher safe, and heat resistant up to temperatures of 260 degrees. The design is simple, with a small hole at the top of the handle which allows you to hang it if you so wish, and the handle and bristles being made from silicone.
The main advantage of this brush for me is that it's more hygienic than traditional pastry brushes. I used to find the bristles came loose and also the handles are usually wooden, which doesn't allow the brush to dry properly. Add to this the fact that the bristles were never the same once washed, and used to splay out or bend when drying, then the silicone brush has an immediate advantage. It doesn't loose any bristles, and it dries perfectly rather than staying damp in the drawer or the bristles going out of shape.
In use, the brush is much easier to use than the traditional types, as the bristles spread really easily on the cake tin or pastry and get into nooks and crannies really easily. It seems to distribute the egg or butter you are using much better as the bristles retain their shape and distribute it evenly. I wash mine in the dishwasher and it comes out as good as new.
Although this pastry brush isn't the cheapest, with an RRP of £5.50, it can be found cheaper on Amazon costing £3.49, and is often on offer in Lakeland in their 3-for-2 promotions. It's well worth buying if you bake cakes or pastry frequently, as it's a more hygienic way of lining tins or glazing pastry.
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I have a few different Kitchen Craft silicone items for help with baking as I just find them to be easier to maintain than tradition ones.
The pastry brush cost me £4.50 and it comes in a huge variety of bright colours which to be honest was the thing that attracted me to it in the first place.
It is made completely from silicone and comes with a hole in the handle for hanging it up. I love using it instead of a traditional basting brush because with my old one it was always leaving hairs behind on whatever it was that I was brushing that I then had to remove and it was just becoming a bit of a pain.
First of all it is really nice to hold and the silicone is easy to grip and it doesn't slip out of my hand. Secondly it bastes well. I do think that a traditional bristle brush does have a slight advantage over this one when it comes to the bristles holding onto oil etc. for basting as the silicone doesn't obviously hold the oil so I need to dip it in much more often but it is better for when I am only wanting to lightly baste things.
The brush is also really easy to clean much more so than a traditional bristle brush as the oil or egg just washes off the silicone and it can also be washed in the dishwasher. It is heat resistant to 260 degrees so it won't melt if you use it to brush something hot.
There isn't really much more I can say about this brush. I do think a traditional brush is slightly better but this is much easier to clean and also it doesn't lose bristles which I really found annoying with my old one and in the end it does do the job well.
Kitchen Craft Colour works Silicone Pastry Brush.
I've had this now for quite some time and remember buying it from cargo but I can't quite recall how much I paid for it but have seen in Amazon for £3.95 which is a fairly good price in my opinion.
I have used this for buttering cake pans and basting meats etc. I have used it on the barbeque and it had adequately done its job. However I recently basted a frying pan wanting a thin layer of olive oil to coat the pan, and forgetting to use my wooden handled one picked this if and unfortunately singed the ends and this has lowered my opinion of the product somewhat. Often people require a hot pan and to be able to baste it thinly, and this product just didn't do it.
For other uses like cake pans and basting the top of meat this product is fab, and I am considering replacing it because the bristled option does lose hairs and this can become frustrating . The product is completely made of a firm rather hard rubbery plastic and the handle if a very comfortable grip and its nice and sturdy in your hand and it is heat resistant so you can be confident you won't get burned. The product comes in a huge array of colour, I have the red one which is nice and bright and a very attractive addition to a kitchen.
There is a huge range in the colour works collection and it's a fairly priced range which means colour matching your kitchen is simpler. The colour range is massive and they are all very bright colours, they include purple, blue and pink to name but a few.
To me this is not a universal pastry brush like the wooden ones that are widely available on the market, but for a very basic pastry brush which simply bastes pies and cake pans this is admirable, and as previously stated it worked perfectly on the barbeque to baste the chicken and burger and the like with sauce.
Another great thing about this product is the fact that cleaning is remarkably easy, much simpler than the more traditional pastry brushes which I have found to be difficult in the past. For those of you lucky enough to have a dishwasher this product is dishwasher proof making cleaning even simpler.
For avant cooks this product is okay at best, I would personally prefer the more traditional brushes and although it is a handy item to have in the cutlery drawer for the more basic jobs for ht pans it is a no no.
Overall an okay product for baking, but not the best in my opinion.
When I moved into my house, I decided that since my kitchen here was much larger with a better layout, I would start baking again, and invested in lots of silicone bakeware, including this little silicone brush.
As you can see from the image above, the brush is made from one solid piece of silicone, with bristles at the bottom of the brush head, a shapely handle, and a small loop at the top enabling this item to be hung. It is available in a range of colours - I actually agonised for some time over which colour to pick, as I have a lovely knife set that has one knife in each colour the brush would match, before settling on the lovely light blue. I paid around a fiver for it, which is quite a bit for a pastry brush - especially when one of the old fashioned bristled ones costs less than a pound in my local supermarket.
However, since using this pastry brush, I have seen so many advantages in using this over the traditional bristled brush. Firstly, there is no possibility of any bristles falling off in my food whilst I'm preparing it. Also, the silicon is much easier to clean - I always worried about bacteria being harboured in the wood of the old brush, and could never quite get all the flour off from around the base of the bristles, but I can get this spotless every time. If I use this with anything hot (such as a very hot cranberry glaze) I know that this isn't going to melt at all. It is microwave, oven, freezer, and dishwasher (not that I have one proof). I have accidentally left this on my oven shelf on one occasion and had no problems with it whatsoever.
I think these are great little brushes - colourful and attractive, fitting nicely in the hand, easy to clean, and easy to store. And, most importantly - they do the job, giving a good even coating of milk to the top of my scones, or of glaze to the skin of my duck. Yes, they are a little expensive, but that is offset by the fact that I probably won't have to replace this for years. 4 stars, an excellent little pastry brush.
I'm always baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries etc. Five days out of seven I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen. As such I've got a wide selection of baking paraphernalia, and I also tend to end up receiving baking goodies for Birthdays and Christmas too.
For my Birthday earlier this year one of my friends bought me a wide selection of the Kitchen Craft Colourworks Silicone baking items. One of the items that was included in my gift was this silicone pastry brush.
The Kitchen Craft Colourworks Silicone range comes in a range of funky and bright rainbow colours; ''red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue''. My silicone pastry brush is the pink one, and it's a wonderful bright and vibrant cerise pink colour. As I said I didn't buy this silicone pastry brush myself, this was a gift, but I believe that they retail for about £3/4 each.
I remember when I was little my mum was always baking too, I guess that's where I get my love of baking from, and my mum had a little wooden pastry brush with the natural bristles. I always remember that each time we came to use the pastry brush the bristles had gone hard and required softening up a little on your hand before you could use it, also the bristles used to stain very easily and so were always discoloured. The worst thing though, was that those bloody bristles would occasionally shed and you'd be forever finding a hard little bristle or two on top of your baked goodies!
I've had a number of silicone pastry brushes over the years, and I can safely say that they have none of the above problems!
This particular Kitchen Craft silicone pastry brush is made from silicone as the name would suggest. It's got a long slim handle which tapers in slightly near the silicone bristles which makes it easy to hold and use. It has a 'hanging hole' at the top of the handle should you wish to hang it up in your kitchen, I just keep mine in a kitchen drawer as I'm not keen on utensils hanging up and collecting dust - I'd feel like I needed to wash it before I used it each time.
I like that the silicone bristles are quite short and squat on this brush, I've had silicone pastry brushes in the past with longer silicone bristles and I've found that they don't seem to hold the liquid within the bristles - it just seems to drip out. This little brush 'holds' all of the liquid within the silicone bristles so that you can easily distribute it over the top of whatever you're brushing. The bristles are always soft and flexible, not like those old fashioned pastry brushes, and most importantly the bristles don't shed!
This is heat resistant up to 260 degrees C, and so you can use it on hot food and hot bakeware. I'll use mine to baste a glaze on meat part way through the cooking process, I'll also use mine to brush oil into the crevices of some funky shaped baking tins that I have once they've heated up in the oven.
This is dishwasher safe, mine has been in the dishwasher many many times now and it's still as good as new. It hasn't stained at all, and all of the little silicone bristles are still perfectly intact. It's also still just as vibrant a cerise pink as it started off, the colour hasn't faded or dulled at all. The only thing that I find is that when I take it out of the dishwasher it tends to still hold some water within the silicone bristles, I just give it a quick shake over the sink to rid the silicone bristles of the excess water and it's then fine to pop back away in the kitchen drawer.
I've been more than happy with this little silicone brush, I'd certainly recommend it, and I'd certainly purchase another. I especially like the wide range of colours available, you can choose to mix or match with your other kitchen utensils.