My Fav Pastry Brush
This thing has changed my life. (This thing is the 15 inch blue silicone basting brush by ISI, the same people who created the Orca mitt.) I used to avoid pastry brushes and the recipes that called for them. Or I'd figure a weird way around using one that didn't quite do what I needed it to do and took a whole lot of extra work besides. My problem with pastry brushes? They never seemed to be truly clean and their hairs would fall out into my food. Yes, I did buy good quality ones, ones that cost way more than two bucks and came from gourmet markets. It didn't help. They always felt greasy from butter, or had stains from bits of other sauces. And the hairs. Ewwww.
So this one was a revelation. It does a great job of picking up whatever oil or buttery thing I need it to, does a great job of depositing it in a gentle way - even on phyllo. And then when I wash it, it gets clean. Simple things to ask of a pastry brush, really.
I looked around to try to find one for sale for you. Most places they are out of stock (goes to show just how popular they are). But cooking.com has a fun feature where they will email you once it becomes ready. The better thing to do is support your local gourmet gadget supply store. For us on the seacoast, that is Artichokes.