How-to for piping bags

I use lots of piping/pastry bags and love this tip.
I love the disposable bags and have a trick to keep them from getting messy.
Glaze and royal icing I find sometimes begins coming out the top of the bag when I least expect it, or I’m tired and not paying attention.
Red and Black icing seem to get messy for me, maybe it’s because I use those colors often, and the heat of my hands makes them runnier and sometimes I’m just in a hurry…
This tip only takes a few minutes and will save you loads of cleanup time!
I also use this when I know I may not use all the icing at once or need some for the next day. It keeps it from drying out and cracking and making a mess and then getting flecks of dry icing on my work.
I mix the icing with the color I need
I place plastic wrap on my counter then pour the icing into the center.
then I fold the side closest to me with the side furthest from me, then grab the ends and twirl it around in a circular motion to twist up the ends tight
Next, I trim the end but make sure there is at least an inch of twisted plastic
Place a coupler onto the piping bag,
then place the wrapped icing into the piping bag and thread the cut off twisted end through the coupler
pull it through the end
trim it off close to the coupler
place your tip on and screw on the cap to secure it.
Then you can decorate without the worry of the icing dripping all over you. Then store the piping bags in a zipper sealed plastic bag if you need to use them later/or the next day.
Glaze icing will keep at room temperature for days.
You won’t get the flaking of the icing that occurs and can get on your cookie and make you mad. Yes, it has happened to me and I’m hoping to save you the heartache!
I once had red icing practically all over my kitchen, not a pretty site. What a mess to clean up, my hands were warm, I was working fast and oh my goodness…
the next thing I knew it was coming out of the end of the bag that I thought I had securely fastened,  low and behold the icing was coming out all over my hands, the counter, and… oh yes the floor.
I am hoping you will never have such a mess to clean up.
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  1. 1
    Kristin Morris says:

    What a great idea!!! How do you roll the icing, up in the plastic wrap, without it going all over the place? ::Kristin::

  2. 2

    The best idea to date on clean easy piping. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. 3
    mommyoffaith19 says:

    too funny, I just worked with pastry bags and royal icing last week and yes it was messy.

  4. 4
    Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    Fantastic idea! Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that ends up with Royal Icing everywhere. What recipe doo you use for the royal icing? It looks AMAZING!

  5. 5

    Wow! Thanks Diane! Great tip. I am always needing tips when I use piping bags. This will be very helpful.

  6. 6
    Sue Sparks says:

    What a practical, original tip! I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7
    ~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ says:

    Wonderful tip…is that royal icing?

  8. 8

    I gave up on piping bags long ago it was always such a mess no matter how careful I was and it was also hard for the kids to use. I like this tip. Although now that I use plastic bottles it is much easier on every one. I use bottles that you can find at the beauty supply stores for hair dye. they hold a good amount and the tip is small. You can also cut the tip to make it bigger if need be.

  9. 9
    cookies and cups says:

    very cool trick! yes, that crackly stuff is annoying!

  10. 10
    Sweet and Savory says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial.

  11. 11
    SweetSugarBelle says:

    Wow, I would have never thought!

  12. 12

    Awesome pictorial, Diane. This is exactly how I fill bags as well. Great job! :)