Using Bottle To Flood Cookies? Help!!!!!

Baking By Mickeebabe Updated 4 Jan 2009 , 6:33pm by Honeydukes

Mickeebabe Posted 15 Dec 2008 , 11:51pm
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I've read that several people use bottles to flood the RI on cookies. I went to go buy some at Michaels but all they had were the large size ones. Do you think it would be OK to use an empty, never used, hair applicator bottle from a beauty supply store?

What do you think?

21 replies
johnson6ofus Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 3:01pm
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I think there are some issues with products not "food sfae"- that is, not made for food use. The rubbers/ plastics are different. I just use squeeze bottles from a restaurant supply (think ketchup/ mustard type bottles- the ones you get in a yellow/ red set).

Tip is small enough, and I just store upside down in a glass as I use it. My "flood" icing is thick enough to stay in until I squeeze. So, even 1/2 full, or less, it works...

shiney Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 4:45pm
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I have several of those small large-mouth bottles, trouble is you can't use tips. So, I cut a couple of the tips on those bottles to give a bigger opening for flooding.

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 8:27pm
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I prefer to use a squeeze bottle when decorating cookies with royal icing or chocolate. I just find it easier to use and my 6-year old daughter also is able to handle it. You can get bottles that allow you to use your metal tips. I have not tried them yet, but am planning on getting some soon.

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 8:28pm
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I prefer to use a squeeze bottle when decorating cookies with royal icing or chocolate. I just find it easier to use and my 6-year old daughter also is able to handle it. You can get bottles that allow you to use your metal tips. I have not tried them yet, but am planning on getting some soon.

KHalstead Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 9:06pm
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I used to use bottles but found it to be just as easy to use baby spoons.........I use those little plastic ones that come like 6 or 10 in a pack for about 2 bucks that are supposed to be "disposable" but I've had mine for years now (like 3 or 4) and just pop em' in the dishwasher. I put a couple blobs of icing on the center of the cookie and then use the baby spoon (it kinda comes to a bit of a rounded point at the tip) to push the icing as far the edge as I need it..........it makes icing the cookies REALLY fast and it does it neatly and I feel like I have really good control of the icing.

BlondiezBakery Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 10:09pm
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KHalstead....baby spoons? Do you have an image? I don't have any kids...so I am having a hard time visualizing.

I like this post, though...b/c I have only ever used piping bags....messy!

smbegg Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 10:13pm
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I use the bottles from Wilton as well, it is so much easier than dealing with bags. I just bought the 18 pack of 2 oz bottles for lots of colors. I need to get some big ones for White since that is what I use the most.


Stephanie

bethola Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 10:22pm
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Okay, I'm the "lame duck" here I guess. I like using the bags because I feel like I have more "control". I know...weird! Sorry! Just the way I am! LOL

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Beth in KY

shiney Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 10:35pm
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Bethola, I think it's all a matter for what works for you. I use bags on thick icing, much easier to handle. and TracyLH, such an amazing cookie artist, she uses bags, you're in good company!

shanasweets Posted 16 Dec 2008 , 10:48pm
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I got my bottles from kitchengifts.com , they have small and big bottles, and they all work with regular tips. I really like them, they are easy to control also. A little work to get stuff in there though. I have a funnel from some candy making kit I bought previously, it works well for getting icing into the bottle. Or you can use disposible bag, just rinse and dry and reuse.

KHalstead Posted 20 Dec 2008 , 10:01pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlondiezBakery

KHalstead....baby spoons? Do you have an image? I don't have any kids...so I am having a hard time visualizing.

I like this post, though...b/c I have only ever used piping bags....messy!




Of course, here ya go!!!


These are them...........I use the spoons when I'm just flooding the whole cookie with one color. I add details with a bag.
LL

bobwonderbuns Posted 20 Dec 2008 , 10:14pm
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I use the standard size (I guess you would call them large) chocolate bottles from Michaels or JoAnns. Make the Royal Icing thinned to a flooding stage and outline and flood with that one consistency. I've never had a problem with that.

Mickeebabe Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 2:54am
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Thanks all for the replies. I went to Michaels and picked up some of the bottles (I think they say medium size on them) and I'm gonna give them a try. They wern't on sale and I had some JoAnns coupons so I ended up getting them for half off. I was happy because I'm a cheapo and hate paying regular price for anything.

Wish me luck on my first attempt on RI and flooding. icon_wink.gif

Happy Holidays!!

shiney Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 5:43am
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Just a hint, bottle-users, I have finally figured out how to get the icing into the bottle without having to put it into a bag first, for fairly thick icing, I have learned to guage how high to hold the spoon to drip (like a huge teardrop) it into the bottle, if all the drip doesn't go in, I twirl my spoon to stop it from dripping, the bang my bottle to get it in. If it's really thick, I squeeze bottle, scoop from spoon and then let it suck it in. Now, I've found if I want stiff icing, I use a bag, like my pink stocking and singing snowman faces, where I used the grass tip (#233), it's just too hard to squeeze out of a bottle. Hope this makes sense.

bobwonderbuns Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 1:17am
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I thin out my royal icing in the mixer bowl and when it's the correct consistency I simply use a big spoon and pour it into the bottle. That's what works best for me. Hope that helps! icon_biggrin.gif

iramirez94 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 3:43am
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I use the wilton plastic bottles also, My only problem with them is hanging on to the red plastic topper?? Whose idea was it to leave it without anything to keep it on the bottle???

Kmart carries Martha Stewart brand of plastic bottles and the topper is attached to the rim of the bottle.. Hey what a great way for me to be able to cover the bottle to keep the RI from drying.. thanks MS. I like her the best, only because i have lost all of my red bottle tops... he. he..

Joanne914 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 2:37pm
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I have another hint for bottle users....but promise not to laugh....I bought an oil funnel in the automotive section of Walmart and it works GREAT to get flood icing into the bottle! It's also plastic, so it is easy to clean! I use the bottles that I can screw an icing tip onto, and I just use a big tip when I'm flooding large areas. It goes really quickly that way!

Mickeebabe Posted 28 Dec 2008 , 11:38pm
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Thanks for all the help. I think my first time RI and flooding turned out pretty good. I need to practice more but I think I'll get it.

searge Posted 4 Jan 2009 , 5:45pm
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Hey all,
I've read a lot of posts on the plastic bottles for flooding etc..I have some but would love to have the ones you can put your tips on. We don't have any places close to where I live to get them anyone know any websites so that I don't have to search search search. I prefer spending more time here than "surfing" besides I don't have a board icon_biggrin.gif
thanks

shiney Posted 4 Jan 2009 , 6:23pm
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try www.kitchengifts.com

Honeydukes Posted 4 Jan 2009 , 6:33pm
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