Anyone know where to buy a Coconut Fiber Brush called a Tawashi
Apparently it is good to brush oil on pans especially cast iron ones
Matash, the substance that in Japanese is called tawashi is the same as the substance that the Swedes call "luffa" and the English call "loofah."
We have tawashi/loofah in our household, but we find silicone brushes superior for the specific purpose of brushing oil on cast iron. http://www.kuhnrikon.com/products/too...
I think this is a traditional Japanese tawashi. The picture is taken from Amazon Japan. I use one exactly like it to clean my Lodge cast iron skillets. It works great!
(Actually, based on my Amazon Japan search for "たわし" [hope the Japanese hiragana characters display okay], it appears that tawashi refers to almost anything that we would call a scrub brush or scrubbie, be it natural fiber, plastic, sponge, or even metal.)
I bought mine here:
But if you're looking for something to brush oil, I don't think it would be a tawashi. It seems to be more for scrubbing than for applying anything. It is great for cast iron though and on other stuff it is really rough but has no risk of scratching since it's coconut fibre.
If you're in Montreal, there are a couple asian grocery stores that sell it apparently. There is one called Hello Market (I think) on Maisonneuve near Atwater, and a great Japanese store that probably has anything japanese you'd ever want, on Sherbrooke in Westmount (near Victoria if I'm not mistaken).