By July 10, 2006

Silicone Basting Brush

Silicone brush I really enjoy grilling, and sometimes one simple tool or new technique will make things even more enjoyable. Such is the simple silicone basting brush that Lady Jaye purchased about six months ago. Purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond for less than $8, this silicone brush has quite a few things going for it.

  • Easy cleaning: Instead of the hard-to-clean fibers of a conventional brush, the silicone brush bristles easily wash with soap and water. Conventional brushes are not only hard to clean, but also can be a nasty if not properly dried. Nothing like brushing olive oil and a rub onto a pork chop, only to find a little tidbit of dried chicken stuck in a conventional brush from a previous use. The brush is also dishwasher safe.
  • No drip handguard: This is a feature other brushes should incorporate. If you set down a normal brush, there’s a chance that the brush will come into contact with your countertop/cooking surface/whatever. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the brush lays at an angle, with the bristles facing upward.
  • Widely-spaced bristles: Some of my handmade rubs contain dried onion pieces or other large-sized spices. The tightly-spaced bristles on conventional brushes can push larger spices around, resulting in an uneven distribution of the rub. The silicone brush allows for these pieces to pass through the bristles.
  • Flame-resistant: Normally I’d consider this a negative, but I guess something in the house has to be flame-resistant. The silicone brush is good up to around 600F without melting. If I have to set this brush down next to the Weber, I know that it won’t look like a bloody stump when I pick it back up.

If you’re new to grilling (and I know some of my readers just got their first grills this year), this is a must-have. Aside from a sturdy, long-handled turner, this is one of the most important grilling tools you can have. Searching for “silicone basting brush” on Google or Amazon will turn up lots of great alternatives to the one I own, including some made just for grilling.

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