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post #16 of 148
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Well, from a legal standpoint I cannot *yet* guarantee beyond any doubt that the foam is 100% food safe because I have not had any tests done personally. However, I am currently in contact with the company that manufactures these items and am obtaining detailed information about them for safety reasons. I will post that information as soon as it is available. In the mean time, for anyone who is concerned about safety, I have been encouraging use of parchment, waxed paper, or paper towels between the frosting and the roller. I do stress that these rollers should be washed before use. Since they are made of porous foam it was my contention that washing with antibacterial dish soap would remove anything that may be on the roller, but that could be faulty thinking, and the manufacturer should be able to confirm or refute it. I will hopefully have more information about that in the coming week. If I should find that this foam is not safe for use, I will be pushing even harder to get my prototype pushed through production using a foam that is food grade and perfectly safe. Thanks for your interest in keeping us all as safe as possible!
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post #17 of 148
I'll take my chances and assume they are food safe. Off to Home Depot tomorrow - I haven't actually looked at any of these - can they go in the dishwasher? Maybe microwave them for 30 seconds or so?

This will be a big time saver for me! Thank you for sharing!!!!! icon_smile.gif
post #18 of 148
I haven't tried this method yet, but I'm very excited to do so. However, reading the food safe comments made me think a bit. If you've used these rollers on your cakes and then wash them and let them dry, don't you think bacteria could grow within your roller? Washing them and drying them makes them much like a dish sponge. Would you use that to smooth your cakes? Just a thought. It may be expensive to use a new roller every time, but I'm not sure how safe washing them are.
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post #19 of 148
maybe if you are really concerned you could nuke them- like a sponge ??? that is s'posed to kill bad stuff- would they last in the high temp dishwasher cycle????

maybe we need little"jackets" for the rollers!

either way im gonna try it this weekend!
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post #20 of 148
ill think about it this way: if there is in fact bacteria on the roller, it is such a tiny amount that someone would have to eat the roller itself to get sick...and im not sure that would even do it. i wouldnt worry about it one bit. if you look at it that way, then you can say everything you eat or eat off of has bacteria.
post #21 of 148
I will be at Home Depot tomorrow a.m. when they open. I have a large groom's cake to do for Saturday with cut outs and lots and lots of corners. I bet this works great on the corners??? I have the worst time getting crisp corners. Anyone know?
post #22 of 148
I had my husband pick up one of these rollers at Lowe's. You had such a great thought on this...I should have known this roller would be good, it is my favorite to paint with(doors and such).

I used this for the first time to smooth the BC on my Western Shirt cake before adding the MMF and WOW!! it worked fabulous. What a time saver!!!

Thanks for sharing with all of us you treasure. icon_biggrin.gif
post #23 of 148
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Yes, it works great on corners! I get a lot of compliments on my corners!

Now, Ceolivari you raise an interesting question, however, I don't think they would be any more prone to growing bacteria than anything you wash. I use antibacterial soap, so by nature it should kill most of anything that might happen to exist. (As previously mentioned, anything that was on it would be so miniscule...) And truthfully, I wouldn't use a sponge to smooth a cake just because they aren't smooth, if they were, then heck ya, I'd use it. Anything that works!! Granted, not the same one I washed my dishes with! Haha!! But no, I don't think that washing them is an issue. If it were... what about the wooden fondant roller? You know wood used for food prep in the form of cutting boards, etc. carry some of the highest bacteria content if not handled properly. I stress properly because I don't want an onslaught of people yelling at me because they use a wood cutting board and it's perfectly safe. I know it is, my point is, if handled incorrectly it is not, so it's all about taking the necessary precautions.

I think at this point, until I hear back from the manufacturer, it's all acedemic.
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post #24 of 148
Ok, Ok, we just had a new Lowe's open in our town. I'm going to have to go there and get one of these rollers. Until now, I've been standing by my VIVA....but I may have to stray and give this a try. It sounds too good to pass up. Thanks for the great info!! thumbs_up.gif
post #25 of 148
I have used a small roller for the look of texture, especially on things like footballs and basketballs, it works great and gives the look of pigskin.
post #26 of 148
Fascination, I've found a piece of parchment works pretty well too in a pinch.
post #27 of 148
does walmart carry these foam brushes? I am going there today...
just hoping.

thanks for all the helpful information!


melody
post #28 of 148
YES Walmart carries them! Cheap, too!
post #29 of 148
The only advise that I have it that I bought my roler and didn't pay much attention to the quality or density of it. When I tried the head didn't move smoothly and remove part of the frosting. Now thanks to you I can go shopping and get the right one.

Thank you again for your help and the time invested on this topic
post #30 of 148
Ok, so I bought the 6" and 2" rollers today--the high density ones and I must say that my cakes turned out the smoothest they've ever been! Thanks for a great idea! I was a little skeptical about them being food safe, but the cakes I made today are for my family, so they can be my guinea pigs icon_biggrin.gif
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