One tool that I have found myself using more often in the kitchen over the last couple years is a pastry brush. It's good for brushing butter, egg washes, sauces, and more! The problem with pastry brushes is that they are hard to clean. The classic wooden pastry brush with the bristles much like a paint brush, are very difficult to clean and the bristles will eventually start falling out. Silicone brushes were invented to fix this problem. However they created another problem. Silicone doesn't hold liquids as well, so even though its easier to clean, it was harder to use. That is until someone had the bright idea to put a section of larger bristles with holes in them to help hold whatever you wanted to brush on. I purchased an Oxo brand one over a year ago and it has been the best pastry brush I have ever used. And it's not very expensive, under $8. Anyone that has a use for a pastry brush I highly recommend you get one of these brushes, they are a time saver.