Tools of the Trade – Piping Bags and Clips
It’s been interesting to see the discussion that this Instagram post created:
They’re easy to put onto the bags, easy to take off and, as anyone that has come to a class or two will know, are colour-coordinated with the icing consistency and size of the nozzles we use. Unfortunately, I’m battling to source similar ones of good quality.
I’ve looked around locally, but haven’t found anything promising. So I decided to go to straight to the source of all things plastic – China!
Thankfully, I didn’t have to make the trip in person. Are you familiar with Wish? Pretty much anything that you can imagine ordering from China is there. It is a bit of a quality-lottery, and the items take about 6 weeks to arrive (6 months if the South African postal service goes on strike!), and then you’re hit by a handling fee when they do arrive. But for the most part, I’ve been happy with my orders.
What was interesting for me, though, was the piping bag discussion that the post prompted.
What started it was the comment that the tip-less bags that many people are preferring now, can simply be tied in a knot at the top to seal them off.
I just haven’t quite got my head around using a bag once, and then discarding it. Especially for classes, where we use between 30-40 bags!
So, I thought I’d highlight some of the pro’s and con’s of the two different “disposable” bag types.
- cheaper set up – no need for icing tips or adaptors (see below)
- quicker set-up
- tie-able – no need for clips
- don’t clog up as easily as piping tips (especially useful for very thin streams of icing; tiny nozzles clog easily)
- not always seamless – the seam creates an asymmetrical line of icing
- thinner plastic can pop
- cutting the right sized tip can be tricky (no going back if you cut off too much)!
- once-off use
- easy to refill
- easy to squeeze out left over icing (for storage and re-use)
- using an adaptor means you can change nozzles without having to fill another bag
- graded piping tips give a precise diameter of icing – no guesswork
- have to be washed
- have to be stored
- tips clog up
- bags needs clips
When I’m doing a quick cookie project / icing demo’s, however, I’ve been choosing the convenience of tipless bags …. and feeling very guilty about throwing them away once I’m done!
Now, back to bag clips!! I liked both the two new types I tried out.
Back to Wish to order more…