Our creativity in baking and decorating can be enhanced through the help of the tools we are using. So it is vital to know all these baking and decorating stuff from the basic to the advanced level. One of these is the use of piping bags. Piping bags are essential when using decorating tips. Knowing the right piping bags is also necessary to produce the best icing decorations for your creations.
Here are the types of piping bags you should know to identify the right bag to be used for a specific pastry:
Disposable Decorating Bags – This is perfect for those who have busy schedules but still want to create their favorite sweets. Aside from being disposable, this also works with any Wilton decorating tips and coupler so you don’t have to worry about matching it with your available tips at home. It is available in both 12 and 16 in. sizes.
Featherweight Decorating Bags – If you’re looking for a durable decorating bag that you can reuse, this type is for you. It has a grease-resistant coating inside that prevents the icing from seeping through. And is available in a variety of sizes you can choose from. This type of piping bag will not just save you money but will also make your decorating time much easier.
Parchment Bags – This type of piping bag is used for small decorating details – making letterings for instance. This just has to be folded according to the amount of icing you will need in specific detail. Parchment paper bags are also disposable for easy cleanup. This is ideal for any creations that do not require a great amount of icing to be filled inside a piping bag.
Tips and Tricks for Using Piping Bags and Tips
- Always use large piping tips for fillings, batter, dough, meringue, and more.
- You can use a toothpick to help loosen the lump that blocks the tip of your piping bags. To avoid this, always make sure to sift the confectioner sugar before mixing.
- Do not overfill your bag. ½ cup of icing at a time is advisable. Wilton decorating bags have a fill line feature to guide your measuring.
- Fill two decorating bags with two colors, separately. The end of each bag should be cut to half an inch and drop into a larger piping bag (16 in.); 1M or 2A will do.
To give you more ideas on how to properly use your piping bags and tips, here’s an easy step-by-step guide video from Wilton: