Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This Does NOT . . . Work for me Wednesday

Baggies are not an acceptable substitute for piping bags.
There I said it.


There are books and TV hosts out there who will tell you, just snip off the end of a baggie when piping icing...it works "just like a pasty bag." Well, they lie.


When I made Cheryl's' cookies, I ran out of piping bags. {The HORROR!} We were down to one car for the week, my husband (WITH THE CAR) was out to dinner with customers and it was 8:00 at night. I was desperate. I reached for the baggies. I even used my couplers and tips with them.

They tore, they bulged, they flopped, they were unruly....I may have said a bad word.

Trust me...if you're going to decorate cookies, make it easier on yourself, go for a piping bag.

Whew! Rant over...now go visit some happier tips over at We Are THAT Family. But tell me, are there baking tips that *don't* work for you?

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48 comments:

  1. yup... you're right. it gets frustrating at times but i don't have access to the wilton bags here so i just settle for them and be patient. **teehee*

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  2. LOL...been there done that. Right you are!!!

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  3. So true! I have attempted to use plastic bags on occasion and they always bulge and pop open, icing squirting everywhere! It's just not worth it.

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  4. Oh boy! I've totally tried that before and it was horrible! Baggies just don't compare to wilton bags!

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  5. amen!!! i have said a few choice words myself when using plastic baggies instead of piping bags. now I just make sure that I have a stash on hand at all times!

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  6. funny you should mention this...I bought a 100 pack at Michaels last week and they changed their brand from Wilton to "their brand and I filled 8 of them and they all leaked at the seem! I couldn't believe it. I quickly switched to the canvas ones I have and took the remaining ones back and told them and was so glad they had one more box of Wilton's in stock...or I would have been running all over town until I found some, had more to do when I got home :) and I agree it's not at all the same, the only time I use a sandwich bag is when I have to do is "glue" some item back together before running out the door typically a decoration on a cupcake, I can't imagine piping a cookie with one;)

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  7. Not only that, but the icing comes out in kind of an oval shape which can look a little weird.

    I've had OK luck with the freezer bags, but only if I use a coupler.

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  8. Yes! I have never had success with them! A dear friend is a cake decorator and she is so dang proficient and using parchment triangles I am envious. But yes, actual piping bags are a must :)

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  9. No plastic bags for me! If I run out, I tear off a piece of parchment paper and roll into a cone to save the day!

    S.W.A.K.

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  10. I've never ever had luck with those either. They end up being too much of a frustration to bother with.

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  11. Hi...just recently came across your blog...thanks for the great tips. I HATE all pastry bags so I use the small decorator bottles from Pampered Chef. You can see them on their website. You get 3 in a box and they accordian down as you pipe the icing. They are a bit small but if you use them for piping the outline and use your bigger bottles for flooding, it's not too bad. They fit any Wilton tip, clean up easily and you never have to worrty about running out of bags!!! I find I have way better control and can do better lines with the bottle verses the bags. Check them out!!

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  12. sing it sista!
    Totally with ya on the baggies. They might be ok for a quick cupcake, but they are no bueno for royal icing. been there, done that and will NEVER do it again.

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  13. OMG, I totally know what you mean - they are not interchangable. At all!!

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  14. I agree with you 100%! Decorating bags are the only way to go!

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  15. I completely agree, zip lock bags do not work like a piping bag. Every time I try to use them they flop and I end up with icing all over me!

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  16. You are so right. I tried that to ice cupcakes once and it was a huge mess. I wasted more icing than I used!

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  17. I'm glad someone finally said it. Maybe Martha can make it work, but this baker cannot! I also can't really do parchment paper piping bags, but maybe that's just my deficiency.

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  18. Like all the others...Nope. Doesn't work. I have the Wilton metal tube that I use to decorate with...love it!

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  19. LOL!! I *so* agree! It especially drives me crazy when they tell you to use them with kids. Their little hands have an even harder time managing all the extra plastic and corners, etc. I swear by my disposable bags...use a 40% coupon for wherever you buy them and they're even better ;)

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  20. they still turned out beautiful! ♥

    I've only used the baggie when I drizzle chocolate over something - with no tip - it was fine for that, but I can see how they would not be good for using with a tip!

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  21. I confess, when I don't have any bags left I use a ziploc. But that is on the rare occasion. I was piping small hearts, and my normal non-disposable bag and it was too thick of a line, and being out of the disposables, I had to use a ziploc. They are so hard to manage!

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  22. I agree, they just don't compare! I actually used small freezer bags until just a few months ago unless I needed to use a specific tip. I just didn't want to wash all the tips and couplers every time. But then walmart changed their freezer bags and didn't work the same so I started only using wilton bags with tips and it makes a HUGE difference!

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  23. Totally agree - always have a box of 100 on hand. And Wilton bags are SO much better than Ateco - can't stand the Ateco bags! The other baking tip I find unnecessary is the sifting of powdered sugar - i just skip it - it's messy and takes forever and it's never made a difference for me :) So I'm sticking to that!

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  24. I completely agree with you! I was using a ziploc bag with melted chocolate for a simple drizzle on top of a cake and the bag burst open and there was a huge chocolate blob on my cake. :(

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  25. That's funny because I use baggies all of the time and have never had an issue with them :P

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  26. lol, you're so funny! A "Doesn't" work for me wednesday...I LIKE that. ;) Thanks for the heads up.


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  27. Ah Ha!! There is a trick to this! I used to have a problem with ziplock bags. The busting at the seam etc. I prefer the Wilton bags but I run out quite often so I will use a ziplock. The trick is to re-enforce the corner that you are going to snip with scotch tape. Use your coupler and tip so you get the correct shape and size you desire for piping. Honestly after learning that trick I cant tell too much of a difference between a piping bag and a ziplock. Works like a charm. Do it all the time.

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  28. so very true!! I have encountered the same issues...glad it isn't just me!

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  29. And all this time I wondered why I couldn't pipe icing!

    I will try Allison's tip next time; I only buy freeer bags, and they are thicker--but if that doesn't work, I'll be getting some parchment bags or decorator bags that can be washed!

    Thanks!

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  30. They are truly messy. I've tried them and they really are messy. It makes you mad and frustrated.

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  31. I've never used the sandwich baggie, and always wondered if they actually were a good substitute..I guess NOT! :)

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  32. I completely agree with you! I buy the piping bags in a roll of 100 at a time. Can't live without them.

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  33. Yes! Thank you! I'm glad someone else is saying it because I've been saying it for years. The last time I tried to use a Ziploc bag (years ago), the whole thing broke open and icing went everywhere.

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  34. LOL - Hilarious!! Thanks for the giggle Bridget! (Sorry you had to go through that though!)

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  35. I'll remember that!!! It seems that with baking, you just can't go "cheap!!"

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  36. I need all the help I can get so I use Wilton's re-usable featherweight piping bags. Haven't tried a baggie or anything similar and thanks to this post I won't :)

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  37. I'm just starting out and I tend to be a perfectionist so I went with the Wilton's. Whew! Glad to know I was 'right'. ;D
    As far as tips on what doesn't work...
    Salt is never a good substitute for sugar and vice versa (and should be stored in completely different containers w/lots of space in between). Oh wait, maybe everyone already knew that.

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  38. Couldn't have said it better. I go through bags like crazy. I buy a box of 200 Ateco and always have them on hand. I don't think I've ever tried Wilton. For those of you who've tried both, which do you prefer?

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  39. Oh, thank goodness! I thought it was just me....They never work for me either and I use the pricey freezer ones.
    ~ingrid

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  40. The only time I've ever used baggies is with the kids while they decorate their gingerbread houses. Stiffer icing and you know what?... kids don't care. Plus being able to zip them up keeps the icing from coming out the top with their untrained hands holding the bag.

    I have personally never tried using them for decorating.

    :)

    Donna

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  41. I absolutely agree! I tried it once just to see if it would work. Never again.

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  42. You're so right. I have tried to use plastic bags once or twice before, but never again. I don't usually have much luck with folding triangles of parchment, either.

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  43. Interesting....I use ziplock freezer bags all the time. I like the wilton bags much better, but the ziplocks work fine for me. They have to be freezer bags though, any other and they do break.

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  44. You said it! Parchment cones never work for me either!

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  45. Just found your site and I swear the things you say as tips and thing like this sound like they're coming right out of my own head! Thank you about the piping bags! Sheesh- they cost as much for a huge box as sandwich bags do just buy that at the store too. I'll use parchment paper and go the old fashioned way if I run out but never baggies.

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  46. I so agree! I tried using them and I ended up with icing all over my hands. the baggie even split onto the cookie!(And ruined it!) :( Thank you for warning us of this catastrophe!

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  47. Reasons to have the reusable bags on hand at all times and that way if you run out of the nice disposable ones, you can still decorate. lol. I have around 7 of the reusable pastry bags and do use them often. But the throw away ones are easier... meaning no clean up. hehe

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