lecrn Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 6:44pm
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What gum paste do you prefer to use (pre-made, home-made)?
How do you store your gumpaste?
How long does it keep if stored properly?
What tools do you prefer?
Have any helpful hints?

Just started working with it & want some expert advice.
Thanks!!

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lecrn Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 6:48pm
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Sorry just saw Shirley's post up above!
It answered my tools question. lol

Wiltonlady Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 6:55pm
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I've only used the pre-made one.
Use it as you would fondant but, it dries really fast, so keep it covered in plastic at all time. Matter of fact, wrap it in plastic and I put it into a plastic bag, just to make sure.
Doesn't store for a long time, maybe two weeks.
You can use it with any tools you use for fondant.

Good luck and have lots of fun.

jmt1714 Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 8:13pm
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[quote="lecrn"]What gum paste do you prefer to use (pre-made, home-made)?
How do you store your gumpaste?
How long does it keep if stored properly?
What tools do you prefer?
Have any helpful hints?quote]

1. I make my own using the recipe you can get off of Scott Clark Wooley's website (www.cakesbydesign.cc)
2. Small balls coated with a film of crisco, tightly wrapped in saran wrap. Those are then put into a tupperware container, and that goes into a ziploc bag.
3. weeks and weeks and weeks
4. the ball tool and the needle tool are the ones I use the most. Everything has its own purpose, though.
5. Just sit down and have fun with it. don't stress if your stuff doesn't look perfect. It takes time to learn.

redred Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 8:13pm
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Originally Posted by lecrn

What gum paste do you prefer to use (pre-made, home-made)?
How do you store your gumpaste?
How long does it keep if stored properly?
What tools do you prefer?
Have any helpful hints?

Just started working with it & want some expert advice.
Thanks!!




I make my own gumpaste, but some gumpaste experts such as Alan Dunn prefer to buy the one made by A Piece of Cake (in UK). Stored by double wrapping in plastic wrap, then into ziplock bag, and either in fridge if I am going to use it around now, or into freezer for long term storage. It keeps in the fridge for months. HInts - instead of using cornstarch which dries it out, use with a bit of shortening kneaded in, which stops it sticking and prevents it drying out too quickly while shaping.

ShirleyW Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 8:50pm
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Nicholas Lodge's recipe for gumpaste can be kept refrigerated for a month or so, (maybe longer) or it can be frozen.

superstar Posted 24 Feb 2007 , 9:40pm
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I now use Nicholas Lodges gum paste (ready made) it is expensive, but you can make so many things from one batch & I freeze all left overs they keep very well in the freezer. I know I am lazy & one of these days I will try his recipe.

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