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Piping bags with tips vs parchment cones?

post #1 of 28
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I havent tried the whole piping bag and tip yet because i just dont wanna end up using so many bags at once and im being a lil cheap and wanted to hear feedback first. I dont like the results i get from the parchment cones,its a lil unpredictable so im wondering what works for you?
( By the way im talking about sugar cookies with royal icing.)
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post #2 of 28
Well, I am a bit cheap too. icon_lol.gif Personally, I don't like the parchment cones as I need to be able to change tips often and I might be mistaken, but I have not seen an idea on how to do that. When I tried to put a coupler in, I was not met with much success, but that might be operator error on my part. I use Wilton disposable bags and, yes, I wash them. When I need a set of bags, I buy the big box from Michael's using a Michael's 40% coupon to help defray the expense. That is just me though. I am sure many will think I am a nut for washing disposable bags, but that's what I do.

I do know that many here like squeeze bottles and you might be able to find information about that in past forum postings. You can change the tips and I believe that they clean up well. Hope this helps a bit.
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post #3 of 28
i like bags/coupler.. lots of changing of tips icon_biggrin.gif but I i use zip lock bags as well.. especially if I am going to be using the same tip. just snip the corner drop in tip and fill bag up and throw away when done.. i like that all i have to do is snip the bag to get my tip out.

parchement bags hate me !! they always rip on me.
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post #4 of 28
I think of myself as a frugal person too, but I use the disposable bags and I don't reuse them. They're just not that expensive icon_biggrin.gif especially with a coupon.

I have a couple of cloth bags that I use when I'm doing a lot of tiny detail work. I like those because if I'm holding the bag for a really long time my hands sweat, and the fabric keeps the bag from getting slippery. It has a plastic coating inside so it's easy to clean.
post #5 of 28
I too use the disposable bags and I wash them and reuse them...icon_smile.gif
post #6 of 28
I always use disposable bags, and always toss them, just because i am always buying bags, like Texas Rose stated, specially with a coupon you cant go wrong.
post #7 of 28
I use a glaze type icing and bottles. I've tried bags but I have more control with the bottles. I use ones you can change the tip and ones you can't. I use cones for tiny work, like the nipple on a baby bottle.
post #8 of 28
I use disposable bags too. I wash and reuse if I've used them for royal or cookie icing. Bags used with buttercream go into the trash.
post #9 of 28
I love the idea of re-using the bags! never popped into my head lol. I to use alot of bags and no they are not really cheap for me as I do this out of the love for decorationg and I dont get paid for my creations.
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post #10 of 28
I'll second, third and even fourth some of the comments here...
I use cloth primarily for buttercream because I feel the temperature control is more even (my hands get warm quickly too!).
I use disposable for just about everything else and almost always use a coupler because the one time I don't is the time I realize that I need to change the tip and now can't icon_confused.gif I only wash them about half the time and I never purchase them without a coupon.
I love paper for tiny detail work and I keep a stack of already folded parchment bags on hand.
For lots of flood work though, the squeeze bottle is definitely the way to go... I confirmed that for myself this past christmas.

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post #11 of 28
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I have a couple of cloth bags that I use when I'm doing a lot of tiny detail work. I like those because if I'm holding the bag for a really long time my hands sweat, and the fabric keeps the bag from getting slippery. It has a plastic coating inside so it's easy to clean.



Thanks Texas_Rose! icon_smile.gif I was not aware of that benefit from cloth and that will really come in handy in the summer. Much appreciated!

Thanks also Mandy for all of your thoughts! I will have to try the paper at some point for detail work. Sometimes I can't find my PME 0 and 00 when I really need them and this looks like a great idea. Thanks again! icon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 28
If I am going to need more than one tip I use multiple bags - but I use icing plugs. I lay out a piece of saran wrap (plastic wrap) put a couple of scoops of icing in the middle, fold the plastic over on itself, roll the icing up in it like a piece of candy with plastic on both ends like a wrapper, tie off one end, and snip the other end when I am ready to use it - just plop it in your bag and use! You can easily switch colors this way too, and it is way less messy to clean your bag if you want to reuse it.
post #13 of 28
I'm curious about the squeeze bottles for flooding. What kind of bottles are you referring to that allow you to change the tip? Sounds like a GREAT idea. I've just started playing around w/ cookies, but it didn't take me long to realize that it takes a LOT of squeezing to flood all of those cookies!
post #14 of 28
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If I am going to need more than one tip I use multiple bags - but I use icing plugs. I lay out a piece of saran wrap (plastic wrap) put a couple of scoops of icing in the middle, fold the plastic over on itself, roll the icing up in it like a piece of candy with plastic on both ends like a wrapper, tie off one end, and snip the other end when I am ready to use it - just plop it in your bag and use! You can easily switch colors this way too, and it is way less messy to clean your bag if you want to reuse it.



This is exactly what I've been doing as well and if it's done properly, only the coupler needs to be rinsed. When I'm done with the icing, I pull the plastic wrap out and toss it. Most of the time, my disposable bag isn't even dirty since it never touched the icing that I'm able to run hot water through it to clean the coupler (if needed) and it's ready for the next color - coupler in place. icon_biggrin.gif
post #15 of 28
Yes - it is awesome! It is another wonderful tip I got here on CC a few years ago!
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