Kitchen

Silicone Basting Brush

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Multiple use pastry brush

Basting brushes are not just for slopping barbecue sauce on your chicken or ribs. Using a smaller-sized silicone basting brush is the best way to limit the amount of oil and fat that I use in cooking. Instead of pouring oil in the pan to saute vegetables, I make sure that the pan is screaming hot and then brush it with a fully loaded brush full of oil.

One brush-worth of oil is about 3 grams or about 3/4 of a teaspoon of oil. Toss in the onions, garlic, and other aromatics and you are good to go.

Also handy to use when you are roasting vegetables in the oven and the recipe speaks about brushing with oil. Instead of dousing them with oil dip the brush into your little jar of oil and brush the vegs.

The nice thing about the silicone basting brushes is that you can clean all of the oil or sauce from them by running them under hot water and rubbing some soap into the bristles. Unlike natural bristle brushes the silicon plastic bristle are separate from one another and can be easily washed. The bristles don’t shed into your food.

-- Lee Ellman 04/12/21