Grilling and Pan Frying are some of the best techniques for cooking. It smells great and adds flavor. However, sometimes we just want a extra depth of flavor. We can do this by adding various sauces. Of course one of the most popular sauces are BBQ for steaks or even marinades for chicken. But to really infuse the meat with sauces, we need to do it during cooking. One tool we can use is the Silicone Basting Brush. It withstands the heat of a grill and its texture finish ensures that it wont slip if our hand is greasy. The Best Silicone Brush should be able to hold enough sauce to splatter while at the same time, keep our hand away from the heat.
Are Silicone Basting Brush Safe?
Like most other silicone product, its food safe. There is a melting point that will vary depending on the manufacturer. However, the melting point is a lot higher than your average cooking temperature. If you are worried about BPA, then most product these day are BPA free.
Can Silicone Basting Brush go into the Dishwasher
Yes, most Silicone Basting Brush can be used in the Dishwasher. However, I would check the manufacturer instruction to ensure that it is dishwasher safe.
If you dont want to use a dishwasher, you can also use a simple sponge with soap to clean it.
What about Sauces
Generally, you want a thicker brush. They hold more sauce and is easier to clean. Brushes with smaller bristle does not work as well. Oxo has a Silicone Basting Brush that has a plate in between so that it holds more brush and applies sauce better.
Why go for Silicone over Natural Bristle Brush?
There are some benefit of Silicone. First is that they dont fray and fall apart like natural bristle. Second, they dont scorch like natural bristle. They can withstand heat a little better than bristle. Another benefit of silicone is that it resist smell. This is great if you use different type of sauces.
Best Silicone Basting Brush List
Below, you will find a list of some of the Best Silicone Basting Brush. There are a few option available, get one that best suits you.
OXO Good Grips Silicone Basting & Pastry Brush-Large (Best Overall)
OXO is a large manufacturer of kitchen gadget. I am always amazed by their ingenuity in design and ergonomic. This brush is no different. At the center, there is a rectangular plate that holds more sauce than a regular brush. The handle is silicone as well for better grip and more comfort.
Silicone Basting Pastry Brush Spread (Best Alternative)
If you want a more traditional brush, then this generic model is for you. Its bristle is larger and holds a good amount of sauce. Its handle is also large and quite comfortable. The bad thing is that the temperature rating is lower than oxo, about 150 degree lower at 446. Where as OXO can withstand 600 degree Fahrenheit.
A Silicone Basting Brush is a great alternative to the traditional bristle brush. Advantage are that its odorless, heat resistant and more comfortable. The best example of this is the model by OXO. It has a plate in the center so that it will hold more sauce. However, a good alternative are the generic model made by many manufacturer.
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